Sunday, 22 November 2009

Saint Mary's 80, Memorial 75

After "settling for jumpers" and not playing aggressively last night, the Huskies were able to gain a split in Newfoundland this afternoon in another tight game which wasn't decided until 6'3" fifth-year guard Mark McLaughlin knocked in the go-ahead bucket out of time out with about 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. McLaughlin led all scorers with one of the better games of his career as he finished with 34 points including a 4-4 effort from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the victory. Last night, Memorial was whistled for only 8 fouls leading to only a single Huskie free throw all evening.

"We had only one free throw all night last night for a reason - we caused it ourselves by playing a certain way, settling for jumpers instead of attacking the rim", highlighted Huskies Head Coach Ross Quackenbush, who was quick to not blame the refeering at all for Saturday's loss. "MUN is a very capable team and it will be at opponent's peril if they underestimate the Seahawks going forward. We played with much more assertiveness today against a very good team."

SMU jumped out to a quick 13-6 lead off the start of the game but the Seahawks finished the half strong to lead by 5 at 38-33. But the Huskies came back to tie the score late, setting up an open look for McLaughlin off very good ball movement and the slick guard made no mistake to give SMU the lead for good. 6'1" Joey Haywood added 27 points for the Huskies.

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