ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's basketball team took on the University of Mary Washington in its final home game of the calendar year on Saturday afternoon, falling in a 78-60 contest.
Etienne hit two more layups to help Marymount keep its advantage, pushing the score to 15-8. He continued to power the offense with two free throws and a made jumper, totaling eight-straight points.
The Eagles kept the first half tight, but Marymount led for the whole 20 minutes. The Saints pushed their lead to 30-24 on an Albert layup with 54 seconds to go, but a 5-0 run for Mary Washington to close the half took a 30-29 Marymount lead into the break.
At halftime, Etienne led the way with 12 points, while Albert added nine. The team was 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the first half, as well.
Mary Washington scored first in the second half to take its first lead of the game and opened on a 13-2 run to take a 10-point advantage to start the half.
Two layups from senior LaDarius McCord cut the Saints' deficit to six, 42-36, but the Eagles continued to hold their lead through the half.
Sophomore Xavier Reaves scored a layup to keep Marymount within six with 15:05 to play, but that is the closest the Saints would get the rest of the way.
The Eagles outscored the Saints, 49-30, in the second half to pull away in the final 15 minutes.
Etienne finished with 17 points to lead the team, with Albert and senior Ibrahim Kamara, each, tallying 11. Etienne, also, led the team with six rebounds and three blocks and added two steals, which tied for the team lead.
Marymount will take a week off, before returning to action in the Daytona Beach Shootout in Dayton Beach, Fla. The Saints will take on Centre College on Thursday, December 19 to start the tournament; the opening tip is set for 8 p.m.