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Saints push past Cavaliers with second-half surge

Saints push past Cavaliers with second-half surge

RADNOR, Pa. – The Marymount University men's basketball team used a strong second half to take down Cabrini University in Atlantic East Conference play on Wednesday night, 80-79, on the road.

Cabrini opened the game on an 11-2 run to take an early lead, but layups from junior Ibrahim Kamara and freshman Xavier Reaves, along with a long-range make by junior Taiga Walker, led an 8-0 run to get the Saints back to within one.

A layup from Walker kept the Cavalier lead to only one, 15-14, with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half.

While Cabrini held its lead through the remainder of the half, the Saints continued to keep play close.

A three-point play on a layup and free throw from senior Logan Cook kept the Saints within three points, 24-21, with 5:20 to go, but a 10-5 run by the Cavaliers to close the half gave Cabrini a 34-26 lead at the break.

At the half, Reaves and sophomore Steve Etienne both had seven points to lead the way, while Reaves pulled down nine rebounds.

The Saints were able to take the lead in the second half, using a 21-12 stint in the first six minutes for a 47-46 edge.

Etienne scored a layup for the first points of the half, adding another layup a couple minutes later. He than forced a Cavalier turnover on the defensive end, turning the steal into a layup for junior Josh Giardina.

Giardina followed that with a three to keep the run going, and junior LaDarius McCord capped the surge with a jumper.

The Saints pushed their lead up to six points on a layup from Walker with just over 10 minutes to go in the game.

The rest of the contest saw a close matchup between the teams, featuring four lead changes, but Kamara hit from long range to give the Saints the lead for good, 74-73.

Walker scored on a layup and two free throws to keep the Saints ahead, before Reaves capped the game with two foul shots with nine second remaining for Marymount's second conference victory this season.

Reaves finished with 19 points, tying a career high, and 15 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Walker posted a team- and career-high 22 points, while also leading the team with four assists.

The Saints return to the court on Saturday, January 26 at the Converse Family Fieldhouse, playing host to Neumann University in Atlantic East action; tipoff is set for 3 p.m.