Mason Wang named MVP as men's basketball wins Battle of DC & Maryland

Hood wins Battle of DC & Maryland (photo courtesy Gallaudet Sports Information)
Hood wins Battle of DC & Maryland (photo courtesy Gallaudet Sports Information)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Hood College men's basketball team held off a second half rally by St. Mary's (Md.) before pulling away for a 94-82 win in the championship game of the Battle of DC & Maryland at Gallaudet University. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Mason Wang scored 18 points to go along with five rebounds, six assist and three steals on his way to MVP honors. 
  • Anthony Pearson scored a team-high 22 points off the bench. He joined Wang on the all-tournament team.
  • Michael Riley finished with 18 points, going 3 of 8 from 3-point range. 
  • Ian Eversull led Hood with seven rebounds. 
  • The Blazers took excellent control of the ball, committing only seven turnovers in the game. Hood turned 20 St. Mary's turnovers into a 28-3 edge in points off turnovers. 

How it Happened

  • The Blazers took a 16-point lead, 64-48, with 13:03 to play on a layup by Wang. The Seahawks outscored Hood 26-13 over the next nine minutes and trailed just 77-74 after a 3-pointer by Matt Ayoub with 3:59 remaining. Riley scored seven points and Pearson added five during a game-ending 17-8 run. The run was fueled by a 14 for 16 effort at the free throw line down the stretch. 
  • Hood led by just four just after the outset of the second half when an Ayoub 3-pointer made it 46-42 with 19:37 to play. An 18-6 run by the Blazers followed to give Hood its 16-point edge six and a half minutes later. 
  • A 3-pointer by Pearson with 13:02 left in the first half gave the Blazers a 15-14 lead and Hood never trailed again. 

Notes

  • Ayoub scored a game-high 23 points on a 7 of 15 performance on 3-point field goals. The rest of the Seahawks, however, went only 2 for 15 behind the arc. 
  • Darick Kerns had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Justin Milstead added 14 points and Phil Newsome scored 10. 
  • Hood went 28 for 38 (74 percent) at the free throw line, while St. Mary's (Md.) was 13 of 17. 
  • The Blazers improved to 4-1 on the season, while St. Mary's dipped to 1-4. 

Up Next

Hood heads to Delaware Valley on November 21 at 1 p.m. 

 

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