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Men's basketball opens season with 90-69 win

Men's basketball opens season with 90-69 win

BRONX, N.Y. – The Marymount University men's basketball team opened its season on the road on Saturday, defeating Lehman College, 90-69.

Senior Brandon Rogers got the Saints started with two-straight three pointers in the first three minutes for the early lead, which they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

Marymount pushed its lead to 15-5 midway through the first half, following another long-range shot, this time from junior Josh Giardina.

Giardina knocked down another three, before junior Taiga Walker scored on a layup to continue to build the first-half advantage to 15 points, 22-7.

The Saints were able to take a 35-26 lead into the half. Junior LaDarius McCord netted six-straight points in the final four minutes of the first frame, before Walker hit a jumper with 22 seconds remaining to cap the first half.

At the break, Marymount was shooting over 46 percent from the floor and was a perfect five-for-five from the charity stripe.

The Saints opened the second half with a 12-3 run to continue to grow the lead to 47-29. Junior Ibrahim Kamara scored five points in the spurt, while junior Ryan Albert added four points and Rogers drilled another three. Rogers tied for the team lead with 14 points on the day, including shooting four-for-seven from behind the arc.

The lead never fell below double-digits from there and grew to 20 points at 59-39 on a three from McCord with 12:55 to go in the game.

Marymount held strong from there, with its lead never falling below 16 points the rest of the way for the win.

Sophomore Steve Etienne scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the offense in the frame and tie Rogers for the team high in the game. McCord and Kamara both hit double digits, as well, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

McCord and Etienne led the team with five rebounds, each.

The Saints will travel to Catholic University of America for their next game on Tuesday, November 13; the opening tip is set for 7 p.m.