Irmer, Griffin power St. Mary’s (Md.) to 84-77 win over McDaniel and into Provident Pride of Maryland semifinals

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – Camontae Griffin and Alex Irmer combined for 43 points to lead St. Mary’s (Md.) to an 84-77 non-conference men’s basketball victory over McDaniel in the opening round of the 2008 Provident Pride of Maryland tournament on Tuesday.

            The Green Terror (1-1), the tournament’s defending champions, had four players reach double figures led by T.J. Odunlami’s (Columbia, Md./Atholton) 17 points – 11 of which came at the free-throw line.
            Griffin tallied 15 of his game-high 23 points after halftime to lead the Seahawks (3-0) back from a 39-36 deficit at the intermission and into the semifinals against Washington (Md.), who defeated Stevenson, 89-76. The two teams will at Stevenson in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. McDaniel will play the host Mustangs at 3:45 p.m.
            Knotted at 62-all for the ninth and final time with 7:43 to play, Mike Bowden hit a layup to spark a 6-0 burst over the next nearly two minutes to take the lead for good.
            Two Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Md./Lower Moreland) free throws with 3:55 on the clock trimmed the deficit to 72-68 but an Irmer 3-pointer keyed a 7-1 run that pushed the lead to 10.
            A Steve Wilson (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) made it an 80-76 game with 19 seconds showing but the Seahawks went 4-for-4 from the line to hold on for the win.
            Even at 6-all, four points from Kevin Henry (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) keyed an 8-0 run that gave the Green Terror a 14-6 lead with 13 minutes to play in the first half.
            St. Mary’s closed the deficit to with 27-26 before McDaniel reeled off 13 of the game’s next 16 points re-establish its nine-point advantage.