Men's Basketball Wins Season Opener

Jared Ruiz
Jared Ruiz

FREDERICK, Md. - The Hood College duo of Scott Bolen and Jared Ruiz combined for 34 points as Hood defeated Marymount (Va.) 64-56 in the season opener for both squads. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Bolen led Hood with 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting. The graduate student hit 3-of-6 3-point field goals and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He added seven rebounds. 
  • Ruiz shot 5-of-10 from the floor and sank 4-of-7 3-pointers on his way to 16 points. The sophomore tallied three assists and three steals. 
  • Luke Casey had a team-high nine boards. Trevor Magnuski did a little of everything, finishing with eight rebounds and a team-high four assists. 
  • Hood held a 45-36 rebounding advantage.
  • The Blazers went 23-of-39 at the free throw line, but limited the Saints to just 12 total attempts at the line. 

How it Happened

  • Hood opened the game with a 14-5 run that included five points from Tanner Ruths
  • The Blazers took a 25-15 lead on three by Ruiz, but back-to-back threes by Ibrahim Kamara helped Marymount cut the lead to 26-23 with under a minute left in the half. Hood scored five straight points in the final 27 seconds of the half to take a 31-23 lead into halftime. 
  • Bolen scored five of the first seven points of the second half as the Blazers took a 38-23 lead with 18:26 to play in the game.
  • Hood still led 41-28 on a 3-pointer by Bolen with 16:44 on the clock, but Marymount reeled off a 13-0 run to tie the game on an Emmett Sloan lay up with just under 11 minutes to go. 
  • A three and a layup by Ruiz put the Blazers back in front 46-41 and Hood never trailed again. 

Notes

  • Kamara had a big game for the Saints, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Taiga Walker came off the bench for 10 points and Josh Giardina added five assists. 
  • Hood went 7-of-19 from 3-point range (37 percent), while hounding the Saints' perimeter game into just 7-of-31 (23 percent). 
  • The Blazers are 1-0 on the year, while Marymount starts 0-1. 

Up Next 

Hood travels to the Shenandoah Tip-Off Tournament and takes on Averett in the opening round on November 18.