SALISBURY, Md. – A season-high 59 rebounds and stifling defense helped the Salisbury University men's basketball team thwart the SUNY Delhi Broncos, 70-53, in the Sea Gulls' first game at home in 2022.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury got out to a fast start with Greg Bloodsworth and Jordan Oates knocking down back-to-back three-pointers on Salisbury's first two possessions of the game to help Salisbury take an early 11-4 lead in the first eight minutes of the game.
- After Mavenson Therneus knocked down a three for Delhi to cut into the SU lead, the Sea Gulls responded with a 13-2 run that was capped off by a Bloodsworth jumper that put the Sea Gulls up, 24-9, with seven minutes left in the first half.
- The Broncos chipped away at the Sea Gull lead towards the end of the first half. With 17 seconds left in the half, Isiah Barnes made a layup to make bring the Sea Gull lead within seven, 33-26.
- Following a timeout, Brandon Craig found space under the basket and made a layup just before time expired to send the Sea Gulls into the halftime locker room with a nine-point lead, 35-26.
- Both teams came out of the locker room trading buckets for the first seven minutes of the half. But a Barnes bucket capped off a quick 6-0 run for Delhi that brought Salisbury's lead down to five, 44-39, with just under 13 minutes left to play.
- With Salisbury maintaining a five-point lead, Rob Goyena knocked down a three in the corner to make it 49-41 with 11 minutes left in regulation.
- After Goyena's three. Salisbury would shut down the Delhi offense for the rest of the half and get out to its largest lead of the game in the final minute of the contest. Desmond Creek found an open Goyena to extend Salisbury's lead to 21, 70-49. It was Salisbury's largest lead of the game and helped seal the second victory of the new year.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- The Sea Gulls held the Broncos to 26 percent (20-77) from the field. The Sea Gulls also hauled in a season-high 59 rebounds in the win.
- Brandon Craig collected his first double-double in a Salisbury uniform. Craig paced the scoring with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. Craig also added a career-high 16 rebounds. It was the fourth consecutive game that Craig led the team in scoring.
- Greg Bloodsworth scored 13 points and dished out three assists.
- Gary Briddell chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.
- Jordan Oates recorded his seventh game with double-digit rebounds with 10 boards. Oates also added eight points.
- Rob Goyena led the Sea Gull bench with 11 points, including going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
SUNY DELHI GAME NOTES
- Isiah Barnes led the Broncos with 15 points, five steals and four boards.
- Erhunosere Uwuigbe scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
- JP Miller chipped in with seven points and seven rebounds off the bench.
- Salisbury will host the Washington Adventist Shock on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
- Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Maggs PAC.
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.
To learn more about the tradition of excellence with Sea Gull Athletics, visit www.SUSeaGulls.com or on social media @SUSeaGulls.