NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An early push by the Marymount (Va.) University men's basketball team was enough to cap off an opening victory in the two-day Music City Classic at Trevecca Nazarene University, taking down Westminster (Mo.) College, 56-50.
The Saints bolted out to a quick 8-2 lead over the Blue Jays, seeing baskets from four different players including senior Michael Anderson, juniors Dimitri Rucker and Alex Danko, and sophomore Brandon Rogers.
Although Westminster remained close, the Saints separated themselves again with a seven-point run through a four-minute stretch to pull ahead 17-6 for the team's first double-digit lead of the game at the 12:10 mark of the first half. Danko, Rogers and senior Pat Dumais all found the basket in the run.
By the end of the half, Marymount maintained the advantage by nine, 29-20, behind 40-percent shooting including eight points by Rogers, two of which were from long distance.
The second half would find some separation by the midway mark, as the Saints built up to their largest lead of the game of 16 points off a three pointer by sophomore Logan Cook, 45-29.
But, the Blue Jays didn't go away, making a late push to draw within four of Marymount with 17 seconds left. That's as close as they would get though, as Rogers went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to seal up the 56-50 victory.
Rogers led the way with a team-high 13 points, while Danko posted the other double-digit day with 11.
The men are back in action on Friday afternoon, finishing out the Music City Classic against John Carroll University at 5 p.m., Eastern time.