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Men's basketball falls to Captains in Pablo Coto championship

Men's basketball falls to Captains in Pablo Coto championship

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's basketball team took on Christopher Newport University on Sunday afternoon in the 2018 Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament championship game, falling, 66-56, to the former Capital Athletic Conference rival.

The Saints came out hot, taking a quick 6-2 lead on layups from juniors Ryan Albert and Taiga Walker and senior Brandon Rogers.

The Captains came back with a run to flip the lead, 11-8 and pushed their edge to double-digits at 20-10 with 8:40 to play in the first half.

Freshman Roey Stern answered with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to seven for the Saints, but Christopher Newport continued to hold its lead and held a 30-19 advantage with 2:59 to go.

Junior LaDarius McCord scored a layup to start a 7-4 run for the Saints, as they made a push just before the half. Rogers tallied two free throws, before junior Ibrahim Kamara knocked down a three to continue the spurt.

Walker ended the half with a layup with one second left to get the score to 34-28 at the break.

At halftime, Kamara led the way for the Saints with seven points, while Walker chipped in with four points and four rebounds.

The second half started with CNU going on a 19-0 run to start the period, but Walker hit a jump shot to end the Saints' scoreless run, before hitting two foul shots for the first four Marymount points in the half.

The Captains were able to hold their lead throughout the rest of the game, despite the Saints making a late comeback attempt.

Trailing 64-46, Marymount ended the game on a 10-2 run to cut back into the lead. Junior Scott Collier scored two layups to lead the run, before freshman Miles Brown hit a three. However, the Captains were able to take the game.

Kamara led the way for the Saints with 11 points, and he was named to the all-tournament team for his play this weekend.

The Saints will return to action on Tuesday, November 20 to host Bridgewater (Va.) College at the Converse Family Fieldhouse; the opening tip is set for 8 p.m.