February 10, 2007
St. Mary's overtakes Bison rally to win 85-64
St. Mary’s City, MD – The Seahawks’ bench produced 55 points in leading the St. Mary’s (Md.) College men’s basketball team roll to an 85-64 victory over Gallaudet University Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference play.
Juniors T.J. Jordan and Tyson Lesesne led the charge off the bench for the Seahawks with 13 points each with Lesesne scoring his 13 in 12 minutes of action in the second half. Jordan matched a career-high with five steals.
The scoring margin for the game was 10 or less for the first 11:03 of the game before the Seahawks (12-10, 7-7 CAC) used a 17-2 spurt to lead 32-13 with 3:44 left in the first half. SMCM carried a 38-22 advantage into halftime.
Jordan sported 10 points at the end of the half to lead all players, while the Bison’s sophomore guard Jon Mowl (Fishers, IN/Indiana School for the Deaf) had nine on three treys.
The Bison chipped away a little bit at their deficit in the second half but Gallaudet could only get as close as 48-36 with 13:41 remaining in the game.
St. Mary’s extended its lead to 79-52 at 4:05 with a 31-16 run and a 12-6 Bison spurt made the final, 85-64.
Junior Kyle Sullivan chipped in 10 points off the bench for SMCM, while junior guard Mike Smelkinson was the only starter in double digits with 13. Senior guard Dan Engelstad hauled down a career-high nine caroms and dished out four assists while adding seven points.
Mowl finished the afternoon with a game-high 18 points, while freshman guard Jonathan Valencia (Tuscon, AZ/Model Secondary School for the Deaf) had 16 as he went 9-of-10 from the line. Junior Sekoe White (Lexington, KY/Dunbar) and senior Kazeem Babatunde (Providence, RI/Rhode Island School for the Deaf) each had 10 for the Bison. White and Babatunde also led Gallaudet with eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Gallaudet (4-19, 1-13 CAC) will host Catholic (17-5, 9-5 CAC) on Valentine’s Day at 8:00.