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January 31, 2012 12:16 am

Seahawks’ Defense Suffocates Hood

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On Wednesday, January 25th, the St. Mary’s men’s basketball team defeated Hood College in an 18-point defensive battle. With a score of 64 to 46, the Seahawks  dominated in Cole Arena with 25 defensive rebounds, 13 turnovers, 10 steals, and 8 blocks (a season high).

Sophomore forward Christian MacAuley and junior guard Chris Hutchinson led the Seahawk offensive with MacAuley scoring 16 points with 9 rebounds and Hutchinson scoring 13 points including going 2-of-2 on 3-pt. shots.

Jerome Tolson ‘15 dribbling the ball against Hood College. (Photo by Kevin Baier)
Jerome Tolson ‘15 dribbling the ball against Hood College. (Photo by Kevin Baier)

The Seahawks never trailed at any point throughout the game with the closest instance being a game-tying shot by Hood at 17:03 in the first half. Sophomore guard Brendan McFall anchored the Seahawk’s defense by leading the team in defensive stats with 5 defensive rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and 5 turnovers.

Overall this season, the Seahawks are 14-5 (.737) with a conference record of 8-2 (.800). The victory over Hood College marks the third consecutive win by the Seahawks. Junior captain and forward Jeff Haus said, “We have been fortunate enough to win a good amount of games this season and intend on winning a whole bunch more by the time it’s all over.”

As a captain, Haus understands the pressure on his team to succeed. “[I] need to be able to ‘rally the troops’ and get everyone working towards common goal,” said Haus. Over the past two seasons, the Seahawks are 2-time CAC champions and have advanced to the NCAA’s “Sweet Sixteen” and “Elite Eight” tournament rounds respectively.

“We want to be perfect, and perfection in our eyes only comes when we win a championship.  If we continue to play together, play hard, and have fun, we see no reason why we can’t make a legit run in the post-season,” said Haus.

The Seahawks’ defense has certainly been stifling this year. With an average of 70.9 points allowed per game, the 2011 – 2012 Seahawks’ defense is on pace to allow only 1773.7 points on the season (the lowest amount in the past five seasons). Furthermore, the team’s average defensive stats (defensive rebounds, steals, blocks, and turnovers) per game total is 54.6, its second highest in the past five seasons.

“Coach Harney has done a great job with this program thus far, and I believe St. Mary’s will have a competitive team for years to come,” said Haus.

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