WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marymount University men's basketball team picked up its second-straight road win to open the season on Tuesday night, defeating Catholic University of America, 70-67.
Junior Ryan Albert got things started for the Saints, draining a three-point shot for the opening points of the game to start a 14-9 run. The five-point lead for Marymount was the largest advantage of either team in the first half.
Junior LaDarius McCord scored seven-straight points for the Saints to cap the opening spurt, knocking down a three at the 13:15 mark to take the 14-9 lead.
The Cardinals answered with a 7-0 run to gain a two-point edge, and the teams traded punches from there in a back-and-fourth first half.
A three-pointer from junior Ibrahim Kamara sparked a 9-4 run for the Saints, with the Woodbridge, Va., native scoring all nine points to retake the lead, 25-22, with just over six minutes to play in the first frame.
McCord hit another three, before making a pair of free throws, as the teams continued to battle in the final minutes of the half, but Catholic ended the frame on a 5-1 run to take a 34-31 lead into the break.
McCord and Kamara both scored 12 points in the first half to lead the way for the Saints.
The Cardinals pushed their lead to seven, 42-35, in the first three minutes of the second half. After the Saints fought back to tie the game, 42-42, Catholic went on another run to takes its largest lead of the night, 52-42.
However, Marymount would begin to chip away at the deficit from there, beginning with another three from McCord. He finished the game shooting 6-for-9 from behind the arc, while leading the team with a career-high 26 points in the game.
Continuing to hit from long range, two-straight threes from McCord and senior Brandon Rogers, respectively, cut the Cardinal's lead to three, 58-55.
With 3:24 to go, Rogers was able to hit two foul shots to get Marymount to within one, before McCord hit again from long distance to grab the first Saints' lead of the half, 65-64.
The Saints held the lead from there, and Albert knocked down two clutch free throws with six seconds remaining to secure the win.
Kamara tallied 16 points and nine rebounds in the contest, while Rogers added 10 points.
Marymount now looks forward to its first home game on Saturday, November 17. The Saints will open the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament at the Converse Family Fieldhouse against Wilmington (Ohio) College; the opening tip is set for 1 p.m.