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Saints set to take on Cougars in ECAC first round

Saints set to take on Cougars in ECAC first round

ARLINGTON, Va. – The third-seeded Marymount University men's basketball team will begin postseason play on Wednesday, February 27 when it travels to second-seeded Misericordia University for a first-round Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament game. The opening tip is set for 7 p.m.

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How we got here

The Saints posted a 16-12 record in the regular season and through the Atlantic East Conference tournament to earn their bid to the ECAC tournament. The Saints reached the first-ever Atlantic East championship game on Saturday, falling to Gwynedd Mercy University, 75-69. Marymount led at halftime, 33-31, but the Griffins pulled away in the second half with a 44-36 period.

How they got here

The Cougars finished the regular season with a 14-11 record, while winning the final two games of their season. They defeated Eastern University, 73-63, on February 16 in the final game, behind double-digit scoring games from Jason Kenny (16), Justin Iton (14), and Tony Harding (14). Misericordia jumped out to a 38-32 lead at halftime; in the second half, the Cougars pushed their lead to as many as 19 on the way to the win.

The last time we played

The Saints and Cougars last met on November 17, 2012, with Misericordia taking a 75-60 victory. Reed Scott led the Saints with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the game. The Cougars came out fast in the game with a 38-22 first half, before holding their lead in the second half. They had four players hit double-figures in the contest, led by 14 points from, each, Anthony Sergio and Steve Artzerounian.

All-Conference Standout

Sophomore Steve Etienne will lead the Saints into the tournament, following a selection to the All-Atlantic East second team. He currently leads the team with 10.8 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. He also paces the team with 60 steals and 32 blocks on the defensive end.

Past experience

The Saints' last trip to the ECAC tournament was during the 2013-14 season. They defeated Penn State University-Abington in a quarterfinal game, 74-65, before falling to Stevenson University, 81-75, in the semifinals. Reed Scott's 15 points led the Saints in the game, as five players reach double-digits against Penn State-Abington.

What's next?

The winner of Wednesday's game will move on to the quarterfinal round on Friday, March 1 at Hood College. They will take on the winner of another first-round game between Neumann University and Drew University; the opening tip is set for 8 p.m.