Stags Pull Away From Owls at Salem State Classic

(SALEM, MA) -- 

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps raced out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, as the Stags dominated UMaine Presque Isle 70-46 Sunday afternoon in the 2012 Salem State Holiday Classic. CMS won both its games in the tournament and improved to 8-4. The Owls lost both contests and fell to 6-6.

Kevin Sullivan (Beaverton, OR) hit three three-pointers in the first four minutes, and along with Remy Pinson's (Rye, NY) triple, the Stags had a dozen points on the board before the Owls knew what hit them. Jason Harrington (Woodinville, WA) hit another three, and CMS didn't make its' first two-point field goal until the 12:43 mark, when Cody Mivshek's (Fort Collins, CO) bucket put the Stags ahead 17-7.

UMaine Presque Isle fought back and nearly took the lead. Aaron Hutchins (Jr./East Millinocket, ME) hit a pair of three-pointers and Michael Warner (Jr./Norwich, UK) converted a three-point play that ignited a 13-4 run, and brought the Owls to within 1, 27-26. But Sullivan hit another three right before halftime to key an 8-0 spurt, and CMS led at the intermission, 35-26.

In the second half, the Stags built a double digit lead on a jumper by Jack Grodahl (Portland, OR), to go ahead 39-29, and never led by less than 10 the rest of the way. CMS made only one three-pointer in the final 20 minutes, but the Stags dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Owls overall 47-29. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shot 45% from the field and held UMaine Presque Isle to just 31%

Sullivan led the way with 18 points, including 14 in the first half. He was 4-8 from three-point range and 7-11 from the field overall. Mivshek, who was named team MVP for the Stags, finished with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Owls were led by Claude Louis (Jr./Union, NJ), who had a game-high 20 points, including five three-pointers, and team MVP Hutchins, who finished with 11 points, including 3-5 from downtown.

CMS returns to action on Jan. 4, when the Stags host Bethesda. UMaine Presque Isle visits Fisher on Jan. 4.