SCRANTON, Pa. - The Marymount University men's basketball team traveled to Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon for a battle with Marywood University, the second-ranked team in the league standings, falling for the first time since the middle of January, 63-51.
A tight game for much of the first half had the Pacers take an eventual lead before the break that held for the the final 20 minutes. In the first 20 minutes, the two squads played through three ties and three lead changes, with the Saints building up their largest lead of four points less than five minutes into the game when sophomore Steve Etienne found junior Josh Giardina for the long ball and the 11-7 advantage.
However, by the break, Marywood took a nine-point lead into the locker room, 35-26. Junior Ryan Albert passed the Saints on both ends of the floor with eight points and five rebounds.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle, with the Pacers holding a slight 28-25 scoring edge, helping them to withstand a Saint push for the lead.
Junior LaDarius McCord, who had four points in the first half, came to life in the final 20 minutes, shooting 4-for-8 for 11 points to finish the game with a team-best 15 points.
Albert finished the day with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Although the outcome wasn't what the Saints had hoped for, they have still solidified a spot in the postseason tournament for the Atlantic East Conference. With two games remaining on the regular season schedule, they currently sit fourth in the standings. If that holds, they would host a first-round playoff game.
Marymount will finish out the final two regular season games at home, starting with Wesley College on Wednesday night, February 13. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., in the Converse Family Fieldhouse.