ST. MARY'S CITY, Md.--The No. 18 St. Mary's College Seahawks (18-3, 10-2 CAC) overcame a dismal first half and outscored the Hood College men's basketball team (14-10, 9-6 CAC) 45-24 in the second stanza to earn a 63-48 Capital Athletic Conference win Saturday afternoon at the ARC Arena.
The Blazers used suffocating defense in the opening half which resulted in a 4-of-19 shooting effort by the Seahawks in the period. Although the Blazers also shot a sub-par 26.7 percent from the field, they did own a 24-18 halftime advantage. The Blazers also outscored the Seahawks 12-4 in the paint.
The Seahawks turned the tables on the Blazers in the second half however, using a 20-3 run over a span of 7:41 to transform a seven-point deficit into a 10-point lead, 47-37, with 6:35 remaining in regulation. From there, the Blazers got no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Tyler Snoots connected on 4-of-9 from the field for 10 points while Brenden Straughn and Tory Wilson added nine points and seven rebounds apiece.
Camontae Griffin led all scorers with 23 points, including 18 in the second half, while Alex Franz finished with 19 points and six assists for the victors.
The Blazers, who now sit in fifth place in the CAC standings, close out the regular season Saturday when they host the sixth-place Marymount University Saints at 6 p.m. at the Odom Fitness Center at Fort Detrick.