Senior guard Jonathan Blaine (Purcellville, Va., Loudoun Valley) scored a team-high 17 points before fouling out, but that wasn't enough to help the University of Mary Washington to a victory on Saturday, as the Eagles fell to Salisbury University, 70-61, and were eliminated from the CAC Tournament. Senior center BrandoBrandon Altmann (Vienna, Va., James Madison) scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for UMW, while Eric Rolander (Alexandria, Va., Gonzaga) added 10 points.
Both teams led by as many as six points in the first half, with the Eagles holding a 30-28 edge at intermission despite 19 first half points from Salisbury's Greg Palmer. The second half saw the Sea Gulls outscore the Eagles, 42-31, including an 11-0 run in a 3:07 span of the second half that erased a three-point Eagle lead and became an eight-point Sea Gull advantage. UMW was able to tie the score at 45 with 9:34 to play, but would never lead again.
The Gulls shot 53% from the floor for the game, while UMW shot just 34.4%. The Eagles held a 38-33 rebounding edge and the turnover battle was nearly even at 16-15 for UMW.
Mary Washington will close the season on Sunday when they host St. Mary's College at 7:00 p.m.