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Early Surge Guides Men's Basketball in Thrashing of Wildcats

Early Surge Guides Men's Basketball in Thrashing of Wildcats

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Marymount University men's basketball team built up a substantial lead from the opening tip and never looked back, cruising to an 88-61 victory over Penn College on Tuesday afternoon. 

It was a quick start for the Saints (7-4), taking an 18-0 advantage in less than five minutes against the Wildcats. A bulk of that run was hot shooting from beyond the arc, as senior Brandon Rogers drained the first three off the tipoff, then junior LaDarius McCord followed with three-straight three-pointers of his own to force a Wildcat timeout just 2:40 into the game. 

The 12-0 lead was extended off another three by junior Ibrahim Kamara and a jumper by Rogers, before freshman Kimani Benjamin dropped in a free throw to push the 18-0 start. 

Although Penn found some offense and inched back into the game, Marymount kept its distance through the rest of the half to carry a 43-28 lead into the locker room. Suffocating defense helped the Saints in the first half of play, converting 14 Wildcat turnovers into 16 points that included seven steals. 

The second half didn't lose any momentum for the Saints, as they continued to separate themselves from the Wildcats, eventually building to their largest lead of 32 at the 8:03 mark, 77-45.  

The 20 active players for Marymount all saw time in the game, including freshman Vince Jones who saw his first minutes of the season. With 33 seconds remaining in the game, Jones put the final touch on the game with a three-pointer from the left wing for his first collegiate points to seal up the 88-61 decision. 

McCord, with his three-straight three-pointers at the beginning of the game, led the Saints with 13 points, while Kamara and Rogers added 11 and 10, respectively. Through the 40-minute game, 15 different Saints registered points, as they shot 39.1 percent from the floor. Of the 88 points, 42 came from the bench. 

The Saints continue their road trip in Pennsylvania tomorrow, December 19, staying in Williamsport for a non-conference matchup at Lycoming College. Start time is set for 1 p.m.