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Saints fall in close battle with Pacers

Saints fall in close battle with Pacers

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Marymount University men's basketball team dropped a close matchup with, Atlantic East Conference-opponent, Marywood University on Saturday afternoon at the Converse Family Fieldhouse, 70-66.

The Saints carried early momentum, opening the game on a 12-2 run. Junior Ibrahim Kamara scored three layups in the opening stint for six points, while senior Brandon Rogers knocked down a three-pointer, and sophomore Steve Etienne converted on a layup and subsequent foul shot.

Marymount built its lead up to as much as 13 points in the first half, keep control of the game for much of the period.

Although, the Pacers remained close, hitting several runs including a six-point stretch to close out the half, as Marymount took a 32-25 lead into the locker room. 

Kamara was strong throughout the half, dropping in 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting, while only playing 11 minutes. Contributions were bought by several Saints, including seven off the bench by junior Ryan Albert, who not only commanded the paint, but also dropped in one from deep. 

The Pacers came out of the break on a 7-1 run to cut the Saints' lead down to one and eventually took the lead, 36-35.

Etienne scored a layup to regain the lead for the Saints, but Marywood answered, as the teams battled back-and-forth for several minutes. The Pacers were able to pull away and held a 10-point lead with two minutes left in the game.

A foul shot from Etienne, followed by two-more makes from the charity stripe by junior LaDarius McCord began to close the gap, before makes from Etienne and junior Ryan Albert got the Saints back to within three over the next minute.

After a Pacer run, Rogers drained a long-range make with 27 seconds left to again cut the lead to three, 69-66, as the Saints made one-last push.

In the final 10 seconds of the game, the Saints saw two long-distance attempts fall short, as the Pacers were able to hold on for the win.

Etienne finished the game with a team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds, setting a career high on the boards. The game marked his third double-double of the year. Kamara and Albert each added 14 points.

Marymount will be back at the Converse Family Fieldhouse for its next game, hosting Shenandoah University on Wednesday, January 16; the opening tip is set for 7 p.m.