YORK, Pa. - The Marymount University men's basketball team fell short in the first night of the York College Classic on Saturday night, dropping a 68-61 decision to Coast Guard.
Senior Ryan Albert scored the first points in the game following a block at the other end of the court by junior Steve Etienne. However, the lead would sway just one time in the game after the Bears scored five-straight points to take over the advantage.
Coast Guard built up its biggest lead of 19 with seven minutes left in the first half, but the Saints were starting to warm up. By the break, MU erased much of the deficit to trail by just six at the half, 34-28. Through the first 20 minutes, senior Taiga Walker led all scorers with 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting, two of which were from deep.
The second half had the Bears build back up a double-digit lead but the Saints didn't go away. Down the stretch, MU hit a five-point run to get within five, 57-52, off a layup by senior Ibrahim Kamara and a layup and a jumper by Etienne.
With time running out, the Saints couldn't overcome the rest of the deficit, eventually falling by seven.
Walker finished with a game-high 18 points and a team-high six rebounds. Kamara chipped in 10 points, and freshman Jared Perry came off the bench for eight points and five rebounds.
The Saints will finish out the York College Classic on Sunday, January 5, taking on the host Spartans at 4 p.m.