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Men's basketball falls to Drew in ECAC quarterfinal contest

Men's basketball falls to Drew in ECAC quarterfinal contest

FREDERICK, Md. – The Marymount University men's basketball team's season came to a close on Friday night in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Tournament quarterfinals, falling to Drew University, 77-69, at Hood College.

The Saints took a 15-10 lead after back-to-back layups from freshmen Roey Stern and Zavien Pressley.

Marymount held its advantage through the final 12 minutes of the first half, taking a 38-32 edge into halftime.

Junior Ryan Albert scored six-straight points, including two layups, to keep the offense rolling, before Stern knocked down a three to boost the lead to 28-22.

Freshman Xavier Reaves and senior Brandon Rogers added two more three-pointers in the final minutes of the half, allowing the Saints to hold their advantage.

At the half, the Saints were shooting 50 percent from the field, led by Sterns eight points; they were out-rebounding the Rangers, 13-9.

A pair of free throws from junior Taiga Walker pushed the lead to nine, 41-32, coming out of halftime, but Drew answered to cut the lead down to two with a 7-0 run.

Rogers and Reaves again hit back-to-back threes to regain an eight-point edge, but another Drew run, this time 11-0, put the score to 50-47 in the Rangers' favor.

The teams battled down the stretch, with the Saints not allowing the Rangers to pull away. Three-pointers from Albert and junior Josh Giardina, followed by a layup by Reaves kept Marymount within three, 64-61, with under five minutes to play.

But, the Rangers were able to hold on and convert four foul shots down the stretch to close the game.

Rogers led the Saints in the game with 14 points, while shooting 4-of-7 from long range.

The trip to the ECAC quarterfinals is the deepest postseason run the team has seen since the 2013-14 season, with the Saints posting a 17-13 record, this season.