St. Mary's beats John Carroll, 66-61 MSA B Division

February 24, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Reserve Joe Greenlee, who had gone scoreless in seven previous quarters against John Carroll this season, unloaded on the Patriots with a 10-point barrage in the last 6 1/2 minutes, leading St. Mary's to a 66-61 victory at Bel Air last night.

It was a first-round game in the B Division of the Armstrong Conference. St. Mary's (11-14) now will meet Severn in a semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Goucher. The other semifinal at 8 p.m. at Goucher will send Friends against Spalding, a 68-61 winner over Boys' Latin. John Carroll finished its season 18-6.

Greenlee's follow-up of a missed free throw gave St. Mary's its seventh tie of the game, 52-52, but as John Carroll made two short shots and a free throw, Greenlee connected for a three-pointer and a two-pointer, and with 3:45 left, the score was tied for the last time at 57.

Greenlee's closing shot made it 60-57, and after John Carroll drew within a point twice in the next minute, Charlie McLoud sealed the decision with a steal and driving layup for a 64-61 margin with 30 seconds left.

"Before the game, we were the most relaxed we had been all year," said senior Kevin Reichardt. "We'd had a lot of close losses, but we thought we could stay with them."

Added classmate Mike Craven: "We felt confident because we knew we could have won the first game [a 58-47 John Carroll win], and we were prepared this time."

Where John Carroll put away the first meeting in Annapolis with a string of successful free throws down the stretch, it killed its chances this time by making only four of 13 from the foul line in the second half.

At one point in the second quarter, the Patriots led by 10 before St. Mary's sliced the margin in half by the break.

After a 23-point second quarter, the home team could muster only 11 points in each of the last two.

McLoud, who averages 20 points, led St. Mary's with 25 points.

Junior forward Chris Babiak came off the bench to lead John Carroll with 17 points.

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