McHENRY, Md. – Tahjmere Jones scored a game-high 21 points to lead four Saints into double figures Saturday afternoon as Mercyhurst University North East topped host Garrett College, 96-82, to snap the Lakers' five-game men's basketball winning streak.
Jones, who also had a game-high 10 steals to go along with 5 assists, was joined in double digits by teammates Ethan Lambert (16 points), Tyler Williams (14 points), and Mario Antenor (12 points, 12 rebounds). That offensive balance helped Mercyhurst (4-3) gain a split of its two games in the Martin Classic after Friday's 88-63 loss to undefeated Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
"It was a tough loss against a very talented Mercyhurst team," said GC head coach Dennis Gibson. "I'm proud of the way our guys battled, but you can't have that many turnovers  and missed free throws [16 out of 39 attempted] – it puts too much pressure on your defense."
Elisha Kidd (20 points, 12 rebounds) and Zakeem Davis (18 points, 12 rebounds) each posted double-doubles in a losing cause for the Lakers. Teammates Strahinja Ivic (14 points) and Kyle Mongroo (10 points) also reached double figures.
"These tough games are an opportunity for this very inexperienced team to learn and bond," observed Gibson. "Our goal is to be the best team in March when the playoffs roll around."
Garrett College (5-2) won its fifth straight during Friday night's Martin Classic action, pasting Salem University's junior varsity team, 105-77. Davis (26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists), Marin Lisica (18 points, 17 rebounds), and Kai Thompson (12 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists) each had double-doubles as six Lakers reached double digits. Kyle Mongroo added 15 points while Merlon Devine and Eric Simms contributed 10 each.
The Lakers are scheduled to play Harford Community College on Tuesday night and then come back from the Thanksgiving break to host Montgomery College next Thursday at 7 p.m.
Garrett College 83, CSM 73
McHENRY – Marin Lisica scored all 8 of his points in the final 5:24 last Tuesday as the Lakers held off the College of Southern Maryland.
CSM, which trailed by as many as 17 points, cut the gap to 65-62 on Miguel Evereteze's baseline lay-in with 5:55 to play. On the ensuring Laker possession, with the shot clock winding down, Marin hit an off-balance, fall-away jumper to stop the Hawks' momentum. That started a 10-2 run that included another Marin jumper and a Strahinja Ivic hoop on which Marin assisted.
While Marin shined late, Ivic led GC with a team-high 21 points. Elisha Kidd (18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Zakeem Davis (10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals), and Merlon Devin (10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals) also reached double figures for Garrett.
Evereteze had game highs in points (23) and rebounds (12) for CSM while teammate Kevin Mallett added 17 points and 7 rebounds.
GC women: The Lakers, who defeated Prince George's Community College in their season opener, dropped three straight last week to the College of Southern Maryland (64-57), Penn State Fayette (69-62) and Mercyhurst North East (104-70). GC hosts Montgomery College next Thursday at 5 p.m.