Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s basketball team tipped off the season in proper fashion with a 65-58 victory over visiting Ursinus on Tuesday night. The Saints opening day win is the first under the tenure of third-year head coach Chris Rogers.
Freshman Jesse Konadu led the Blue and White (1-0) with 20 points while sophomore Reed Scott recorded a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Konadu had an all-around stellar game, adding seven rebounds to go with five assists and four steals.
Antonio Rouse and Mac Kennedy both chipped in eight points while Aaron Walsh dished out five assists.
Marymount took the initial lead of the game on a pair of Konadu free throws and held court the entire opening half. Battling back-and-forth the entire frame, the Bears (0-1) held the Saints to just a two possession lead until Konadu hauled a court-length pass to Scott for a bucket with 4:34 to play to give MU an eight point lead at 27-19. The Saints would head into the break up 29-22.
Coming out of halftime, Marymount pushed its lead to double-figures for the first time four minutes in on a Scott jumper to make it 37-26. Ursinus would begin to chip away at the Saints lead, going on an 18-6 run over the next eight minutes to take their first lead 44-43 at the 8:42 mark.
Both teams would trade leads three more times over the next 3:26 before MU put together a 13-0 run to go back up double-digits at 60-48 with three minutes on the clock. The Bears battled back to come within four with 26 ticks remaining but the Saints held on down the stretch for the victory.
Jon Ward led UC with a game-high 21 points while Pat Vesturia added 18 on 4-of-6 three-point shooting.
The Saints return to action on Friday as they host the annual Marymount Tip-Off Tournament, facing off against DeSales at 8 p.m.