MBB: Sea Gulls hold on to defeat Wesley

BY JOSH GREENBERG

Staff Writer

The Salisbury University men’s basketball team was back in action Wednesday night against conference opponent Wesley College. The Sea Gulls collected their seventeenth win in a 68-62 contest against the Wolverines.

The victory gives the Sea Gulls their tenth win in the conference keeping them alone in second place of the Capital Athletic Conference.

Early on it was all Salisbury from the opening tipoff. Junior guard Justin Witmer had an easy layup followed by a three on the right wing from senior guard Rocky Harris. Wesley got on the board with a layup from freshman guard Tyrone Craven before Harris came back down the court hitting his second three in as many trips.

Throughout the game, the Sea Gulls tried their best to pull away, but the Wolverines wouldn’t allow it to happen.

Wesley senior guard Wayne Lennon connected on a three to pull the Wolverines within two. Salisbury guard Justin May would then go down and connect on a three of his own. Another three by Lennon and another response from May led to the Sea Gulls taking a five-point lead with 11:36 remaining in the opening half.

In the first half, second chance points for the Wolverines was key. Wesley recorded nine offensive rebounds in the first half turning those nine chances in to 12 points.

Senior Kyle Savercool recorded his first two points of the game earning them at the charity stripe, while Lennon answered with two points as well for Wesley, giving Salisbury a  35-28 lead at halftime.

Coming out of the second half, the Wolverines were able to get off to a fast start. Senior guard Anthony Bowers got the scoring started with a three-pointer, but Harris  responded with a three of his own for the Sea Gulls.

“I get to my spots and put it up and it goes in,” Harris said.

Salisbury had difficulty trying to stop the Wolverines press offense early in the second half. However, Sea Gulls head coach Andy Sachs made the necessary adjustments to help his team the rest of the way.

“(We called) a timeout and (set) up our press offense,” Sachs said regarding the changes he made.

Salisbury’s top offensive threat, junior forward Gordon Jeter helped finish off the Wolverines making his last four free throws to cap off a seven point game and a six point victory for the Gulls.

The Sea Gulls continue their push toward the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday when the team will travel to Southern Virginia to take on the Knights. Salisbury defeated Southern Virginia 67-52 earlier in the season.

 

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