Freshman guard Walt Smith (Alexandria, Va., T.C. Williams) scored a career-high 21 points by making 9-11 field goals in leading fiveEagles in double figures as the University of Mary Washington men's basketball team remained undefeated in Capital Athletic Conference play and ran its win streak to nine straight with an 83-74 win at York College of Pa. on Saturday afternoon in York. The Eagles improve to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in CAC action.
The Eagles trailed early in the back-and-forth contest, trailing by seven early before a 13-0 run gave them the lead at 32-26 on a Qaiser Ahmed (Falls Church, Va., George C. Marshall) layup with 2:13 left in the first half. A pair of Ryan Farrar (Ashburn, Va., Centreville, Va.) free throws with no time left on the clock gave the Eagles a five point lead at intermission, 37-32.
The second half played out much like the first, as York quickly erased the Eagle lead, but UMW wore down the Spartans late, causing a season-high 26 turnovers from the hosts. The Eagles made 20-29 free throws in the game to keep the Spartans at arms' length until the final buzzer.
Smith added four assists and four steals, while Ryan Farrar scored 12 points, Tad Dickman (Springfield, Va., Robert E. Lee) and E.J. Willis (Alexandria, Va., T.C. Williams) added 11 each, and Bradley Riester (Richmond, Va., Monacan) scored 10. York was led by Kevin Whaley and Julian Watson's 18 points. The Eagles shot 46% from the floor for the game, while York made 42% of its field goals.
The Eagles will host nationally-ranked St. Mary's College on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in another key CAC showdown.