Spalding defeats St. Mary's, 65-59

February 06, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball team has never had much success playing in St. Mary's gymnasium -- before last night.

The Cavaliers shrugged off some poor shooting in the first half to claim a 65-59 victory in a Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference game at C. Mason Russell Gymnasium.

"For whatever reason, we always have trouble playing in this gym," said Spalding coach Lee Dove. "The first half we didn't really establish our inside game, but in the third quarter we did and I really think that was the key. After that, I think they realized we could play here and that there wasn't a curse."

The Cavaliers (11-8, 11-2) seemed cursed in the first half, committing 16 turnovers and hitting just eight of 26 shots from the field. The only Spalding player mune to it was senior forward Brian Mohr, who scored 11 of the Cavaliers' first 15 points.

Mohr finished the game with a team-high 20 points, followed by 6-foot-6 senior center Rich Reilly with 16 and sophomore point guard Charles Ross with nine.

St. Mary's was 9-for-24 from the field. Keeping the Saints in the game was Charlie McLoud, who had a game-high 26 points.

Spalding stopped a string of bad luck it has had from the foul line in recent games. The Cavaliers hit nine of 10 free throws in the final 1:39, ending any upset hopes by the Saints (8-13, 6-7).

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