OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Fueled by a second-half surge, the Salisbury University men's basketball team took care of the Goucher Gophers, 93-65, on Saturday as part of the Pride of Maryland Shootout, hosted by Stevenson University.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury wasted no time jumping out to an early lead, starting the game with an impressive 11-3 scoring run. However, senior guard Gary Briddell found himself in some early foul trouble, recording two fouls in the first five minutes.
- Goucher responded with an 8-1 run after a three-pointer by Cam Issacs with 11:00 left in the first half.
- The game remained tight and was tied at 28-28 with 2:22 left in the first half. Following a Ryan Conde free throw, Paul Garcia hit a pair of threes and Cameron Heard hit a jumper that highlighted another Salisbury 11-3 scoring run to help the Sea Gulls take a 39-31 lead into the locker room
- It was all Salisbury in the second half. After Goucher brought the score within five, 44-39, with 15:25 left on the clock, Salisbury got out on a 28-3 run and didn't allow a Goucher field goal for six minutes of game action to take a 72-42 lead.
- Salisbury continued the strong shooting and stifling defense in the second half and got out to its largest lead of the game, 83-47, with 5:42 left in the game behind a Briddell jumper.
- The Sea Gulls went on cruise control from that point forward to seal the 28-point victory.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Salisbury shot a season-best 58.3 percent (35-60) from the field.
- Four players reached double figures for Salisbury. Brandon Craig led the offense with 15 points off the bench. Craig also grabbed five rebounds and dished three assists.
- Jordan Oates continued his dominance on the boards with nine rebounds and addied 13 points. Oates shot 5-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
- Sean Carr and Paul Garcia also scored in the double digits, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.
- Ryan Marshall chipped in with nine points off the bench.
GOUCHER GAME NOTES
- Goucher had the edge in three-point shooting, shooting 46.7 percent (7-15) while Salisbury shot 40% (8-20) from beyond the arc.
- Cam Isaacs led the Gopher offense with 14 points.
- Justin Salisbury scored eight points off the bench.
- 15 different players scored for Goucher.
- Salisbury will travel to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Nov 23 to battle with the Gallaudet Bison.
- Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 186 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
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