CAC Tournament First Round
Mary Washington 65, Penn State Harrisburg 51
Coleman, Baylor-Carroll, Scott, Williams, Bing
Cook, Madison, Williams, Rowson, Cronin
How It Happened
Penn State Harrisburg's time in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Men's Basketball Tournament came to an end with a 65-51 loss at Mary Washington in first round action on Tuesday night, Feb. 19.
Zegary Scott III netted a team-high 15 points for the Lions (13-13), while Milton Hershey teammates Donyae Baylor-Carroll and Pedro Rodriguez tallied 10 points apiece. Central teammates Kahlil Williams and Chris Bing added eight rebounds and five points each.
The Blue & White were forced to climb out of an early hole after the Eagles (18-8) used a 9-0 run capped by a Da'Shawn Cook jump shot midway through the first half to take a 23-8 advantage at the 8:22 mark. The visitors eventually fell behind by as many as 17 points following a Johnny Cronin layup with 4:23 left before the break.
Down 33-16 with 18 minutes remaining, Penn State Harrisburg clamped down and eventually put together a 23-7 run over the span of nine minutes that allowed the Lions to get back into it. During the spurt, Scott contributed eight points, while Rodriguez knocked down a trio of 3-pointers, including one while being fouled that resulted in a 4-point play.
UMW scored the next four points but Scott knocked down a pair of free throws before adding a layup to bring the Blue & White to within two at 45-43 with 6:27 left to play. From there, however, the Eagles netted 10 points in a row to push the lead to double digits with less than four minutes remaining. The Lions were unable to mount another run in the closing minutes and Mary Washington escaped with the first round win.
Inside the Numbers
- Mary Washington shot 42 percent from the field, while the Lions shot 34.8 percent from the floor.
- Both teams knocked down five 3-pointers.
- Penn State Harrisburg edged the Eagles 35-34 on the glass.
- UMW scored 15 points off 19 Blue & White turnovers.
- Zegary Scott III racked up a team-high 15 points to go along with two assists and a pair of rebounds.
- Donyae Baylor-Carroll recorded 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
- Pedro Rodriguez provided a spark off the bench, knocking down three triples en route to 10 points.
- Da'Shawn Cook scored 22 points to lead the way for the Eagles.
The Lions will wait to see if an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament bid is in their future. The ECAC Division III Tournament field will be announced on Monday, Feb. 25.