SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball dropped a tight midweek matchup to the Washington Adventist Shock, 88-85, on Wednesday night in Maggs PAC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both teams traded baskets for the first few minutes. With 17:28 on the clock, Gary Briddell found Jordan Oates under the basket for a layup that sparked an 8-3 run for the Sea Gulls to put them a 17-10 lead with just under 12 minutes left in the first.
- Washington Adventist responded by scoring eight unanswered points, thanks in part to back-to-back threes by Mastadi Pitt to give the Shock a one-point lead, 18-17, with 9:55 left in the first.
- Cameron Heard shut down the Shock scoring run with a trey of his own on the following possession to put the Sea Gulls up 20-18. Both teams began to trade baskets again over the next few minutes.
- With 2:48 left in the first, Pitt sank another long ball to take the lead back from Salisbury, 33-31. Both teams traded the lead five times over the next two minutes. With 42 seconds left in the half, Greg Bloodsworth drove the lane, scored a bucket, drew a foul and completed the three-point play to put Salisbury up 41-39.
- With six seconds left on the clock, Devon Flowers found some space under the basket and scored for Washington Adventist to tie the game at 41 at the halftime break.
- Both teams traded the lead for several minutes to start the second half. Down one with 13:33 on the clock, Briddell sank two three-pointers on back-to-back possessions that gave Salisbury the 58-53 lead seven minutes into the half.
- Washington Adventist responded with a 15-2 scoring run, capped off by a Darius Huff three that gave the Shock its largest lead, 68-60, with just under nine minutes to go.
- Down seven with 3:10 left on the clock, Brandon Craig made a layup and completed the three-point play to start an 8-0 run for the Sea Gulls. The run was capped off by an Oates layup that gave Salisbury the 80-79 lead with just under two minutes to go in regulation.
- Pitt hit his seventh three of the game that gave the Shock an 84-82 lead with a minute to go. Back-to-back steals and buckets in the final minute by Washington Adventist extended its lead, 88-82, in the waning moments of the game.
- Oates hit a three with four seconds left that cut the Shock lead down to three, 88-85, but the Sea Gulls were unable to foul in the closing moments to seal the win for WAU.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- The Sea Gulls shot 48.4 percent (31-for-64) from the field compared to the Shock's 41.4 percent (29-for-70).
- Salisbury also held the narrow 39-38 edge in rebounds.
- Greg Bloodsworth paced the offense with a season-high 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including going 6-for-6 at the free-throw line. He also dished out a game-high eight assists.
- Brandon Craig fell one rebound shy of a double-double after he scored 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting and hauled in nine rebounds, six of which were on the offensive glass. Craig also recorded a season-high four blocks.
- Gary Briddell scored 19 points on 5-for-10 shooting, including going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. He also added four rebounds and two assists to his line.
- Jordan Oates scored 17 points and snagged nine boards.
WASHINGTON ADVENTIST GAME NOTES
- Mastadi Pitt had a game-high 29 points on 7-for-12 from three-point range and going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
- Devon Flowers recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- Darius Huff chipped in 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.
- The Shock bench outscored Salisbury's bench 22-8.
- Salisbury will travel to Arlington, Va. to take on old conference rival Marymount on Saturday, Jan. 29.
- Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Converse Family Field House.
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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