Junior guard Delaszo Smith posted 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assist in the blowout win
St Mary's College (1-0) wanted to start the season strong with a good all around performance in their season opener. The Seahawks did that and then some, overwhelming visiting Penn State Altoona (0-1) 95-66. Junior guards Delaszo Smith and Ochae Bynum and freshman forward Darick Kerns led the way tied for a team leading 13 points in the win.
St Mary's and Altoona engaged in a feeling out process to start the game as the Seahawks led 12-8 at the 14:33 mark. St Mary's would then go on a 21-11 run behind the scoring of explosive junior Lavonte Sanders (10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assist) who posted a game high 10 first half points. Penn State Altoona rallied to cut the lead to one late in the first half, however, that was as close as they would get as the Seahawks closed the half on a 188 run to take a 43-32 halftime lead. In the second half, it was all Seahawks as they outscored Penn State Altoona 52-34 cruising to a 95-66 win.
St Mary's held Penn State Altoona to 34 percent shooting from the field, 8 percent shooting from 3-point territory and 48 percent from the line while also scoring 29 points off 22 forced turnovers. Bench play was also a big difference in the game as the Seahawks outscored Penn State Altoona 45-15.
St Mary's will next travel to face the University of Maryland in College, Park Thursday at 7pm.
Junior wing Lavonte Sanders had a solid all around game finishing with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assist in 27 minutes
Penn State Altoona forward Ishimeal Nance finished with a near double double 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks