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For the fourth straight year, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team will be hosting NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament action.

No. 14 St. Mary’s will welcome the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for a first-round game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

St. Mary’s (24-3 overall) is making its fifth overall and fourth-straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Seahawks garnered a spot on this year’s bracket after capturing the Capital Athletic Conference championship title with a 79-78 overtime win over Wesley College (Del.) as well as the league’s automatic qualification into the 62-team field.

St. Mary’s owns an 8-4 record in NCAA tournament play and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2011.

No. 19 MIT (20-5) earned an at-large bid after falling 68-60 to Springfield College (Mass.) in the semifinals of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.

This is the Engineers’ fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to last year’s NCAA Final Four. MIT fell in the 2012 national semifinals to the eventual national champion, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Ticket sales for Saturday night’s game began Wednesday, Prices for Saturday’s contest are $6 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, all students (with ID) and children. Children two years and younger are free.

The NCAA has allotted St. Mary’s 800 tickets for Saturday night (500 adults and 300 senior citizens, students, and children). If the senior citizens/students/children tickets sell out, fans will have to purchase an adult ticket for $6.

For more ticket information, call Jim Cranmer, St. Mary’s assistant athletic director, at 240-895-2167 or email

This report is from St. Mary’s College of Maryland athletics press release