Men’ and Women’s Basketball Teams Win Against Wesley

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On Wednesday, Jan. 30th, the men’s and women’s basketball teams won their respective games against Wesley College, the final scores being 74-63 for men’s and 70-55 for women’s.
The men’s game was an important victory, determining how the postseason might play out. Each season the hope is to win the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) regular season title, winning the CAC Tournament Championship, making the NCAA tournament, and to win the NCAA Championship. But first-year Troy Spurrier emphasized not looking too far ahead, saying, “thenext game is always the most important game, we like to look at everything one game at a time.” The team’s win gives them the lead for first place in the CAC Regular Season standings. With this, they could host the CAC Tournament.
The game also involved honor, as Wesley beat them in a previous match at their home turf, and this time Seahawk Nation helped lead the team to victory. The team currently has one of their best standings in school history, with 18-2 ratio and currently ranked #14 in the country. According to junior Brendan McFall “everyone is playing at a very high and unselfish level…our team chemistry that has really made this team special.[…] Theirs is the first team this season to have four different players win the CAC Player of the Week award. They’ve been trying hard, and bigger things are to come.” Jerome Tolson, sophmore, said that “it was a very competitive game, the ref[eree] let the players play and not to many fouls were called.” “A lot of our key players stepped up, and hit crucial shots at crucial times,” said Spurrier.
The women’s game went well, with the score 36-33 at half time. Senior forward Taylor Petrisko pulled in 19 points for the team. She added a season best of five rebounds, while Joanna Murray and Sophie Pruden scored in the double digits for the team. The first half was close, as the Wolverines trailed behind while the Seahawks had to combat a 10-5 run by Wesley in the final four minutes. In the second half, the Seahawks earned 18 points from 16 Wesley turnovers. The defense kept Wesley with just two fields goals in six minutes near 11:04.
Spurrier noted the role of fans, saying, “fan support definitely helped a lot.” He hopes that fans will come support  their next games against Frostburg State University on Feb. 6, tip-off at 6pm for women’s and 8pm for men’s. Spurrier said, “Frostburg will definitely be a tough game. I’m only a first year, but the last time we played them they were tough down to the wire. The team will need to do its best to pull this through.” He also expressed pride in being on the team, saying, “This is one of the best seasons the team and Coach [Chris] Harney have had, and it’s been awesome to be part of that.”

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