ARLINGTON, Va. - Four Saints registered double-digit scoring nights on Monday, as the Marymount University men's basketball team took an early lead and never looked back in the Converse Family Fieldhouse, taming Catholic University, 67-44.
Although the Cardinals grabbed the opening basket, the Saints put together nine-straight points to take the lead the rest of the way. Five different Saints contributed in the stretch, including seniors Josh Giardina, Ibrahim Kamara, Ryan Albert, and Taiga Walker and sophomore Roey Stern.
Catholic remained within striking distance through the rest of the half, taking a six-point deficit into the break following a free throw by junior Steve Etienne, 28-22.
The second half saw the Cardinals chipping away from the spread to get within three with roughly 15 minutes left in the game, but Etienne and Kamara spurred a nine-point run for the Saints with back-to-back layups to push the advantage back to double figures, 44-32.
Small stretches like that continued to extend the lead for MU as the clock ticked down, eventually reaching 20 points after a steal by Etienne transitioned to a connection between Walker and Albert. The largest lead of the game came on the final points of the night, seeing junior Bryce Gonsalves dish out a pass to junior R.J. Brown for the three-pointer to finish off the 67-44 final.
Etienne led all scorers with 15 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds and a tied career-best seven steals. Albert, Kamara and Giardina all added 10 points each.
As a team, the Saints forced the Cardinals into 22 turnovers, including 14 MU steals.
Marymount moves to 5-2 for the season, as they head on the road on Wednesday, December 4 for another non-conference tilt. The Saints travel to Shenandoah University for a 7 p.m., tip.