Alston pours in 27 as Seahawk Men's Basketball Comes up Short at Lynchburg

Matt Ayoub '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Matt Ayoub '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

Lynchburg, Va. – Junior wing Jordan Alston (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) notched a season-best 27 points to help fuel the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team's comeback attempt Sunday afternoon. St. Mary's (0-2) second-half rally fell short of the win as the Seahawks dropped an 83-80 decision at the University of Lynchburg (2-0).

St. Mary's 80, Lynchburg 83

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's notched the first basket of the game as Alston knocked down a three-point shot before a triple by first-year guard Jordan Goodwin (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) put the Seahawks up 7-4 at 18:39. A jumper by first-year forward Naheed John (Rockville, Md./Massanutten [Va.]) returned a one-point lead (14-13) to St. Mary's at 14:06.
  • The Hornets opened up an 11-point advantage (29-18) at 8:49 as a Chance Greene triple sparked a 16-4 run. St. Mary's responded with a 14-4 run of its own over the next five-plus minutes to pull within one but the hosts would close out the first half by scoring 14 of the final 17 points to carry a 47-35 halftime lead into the break.
  • Lynchburg widened the gap to 20, its largest lead of the game, with 12:44 left in the game as five different Hornets scored. The Seahawks clawed their way back into the contest, putting together a 25-6 run over the next seven minutes to close the gap to 72-71 at 5:56. Alston found his rhythm and scored 17 of his 27 points during the run.
  • St. Mary's never regained the lead as the Hornets built up an eight-point margin at 2:28 behind five points from Greene. Goodwin scored five in a 7-0 Seahawk run to cut the deficit to one at 1:17 but SMCM would get no closer, missing its next two shots and turning the ball over in the final four seconds.

Inside the Box Score

  • Alston finished with a game-best 27 points in 33 minutes as he shot 8-of-14 from the field, including draining five triples. He was also 6-of-7 from the free throw line with five rebounds.
  • Goodwin ended the day with a season-high 16 points as he went 4-of-5 from downtown. He also added season-bests of three boards and three steals.
  • Junior forward Spencer Schultz (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) contributed double-digit points as well with 14 as Schultz made 10-of-12 free throws to go along with six caroms and two assists.
  • Jesse Case paced the Hornets in their second straight win with 18 points in addition to four assists, two rebounds and two steals.
  • St. Mary's shot 41.7-percent from the field, including 10-of-21 (47.6%) from downtown, while its strong play at the charity stripe, making 20-of-28 (71.4%). The Seahawks also came up with a season-best 13 steals.
  • Lynchburg shot 49.2-percent from the field with 11 triples but shot a dismal 58.8-percent from the line. The Hornets edged the visitors, 38-37, in rebounds and added 11 steals and two blocks.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Nov. 15 vs. Shenandoah (0-0) – MPOBARC Arena – 7:00 p.m. 

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