SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team brought the game within three in the late goings but the fourth-ranked Christopher Newport Captains escaped the Eastern Shore with a 62-55 win over the Sea Gulls in Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) action on Wednesday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Captains came out hot to start the first half, getting out to an 11-0 lead after Trey Barber made a layup and one with 16:42 on the clock.
- Salisbury got on the board after Gary Briddell found an open Jordan Oates under the basket for an easy layup to make it 11-2 with 16 minutes left in the first.
- The Sea Gulls battled back to within four, 15-11, after Paul Garcia sank a three-pointer in the corner with 11:27 left in the half. CNU responded by rattling off eight unanswered points over the next four minutes, capped off by a Jamaal Madison deep ball, to extend its lead to 23-11.
- Both teams struggled to make baskets and the defense stood tall for the rest of the first half. CNU maintained its lead and went into the halftime locker room with a 33-23 lead.
- The struggles from the field continued as both teams combined to shoot 9-for-32 for the first 10 minutes of the second half. Despite the struggles, CNU slowly added to its lead and got out to its largest lead of the game. 54-37, with just under eight minutes left after a Trey Barber dunk.
- Salisbury started to chip away at the lead and take the momentum behind an 18-4 run. The run was fueled by three-pointers by Garcia, Oates and Greg Bloodsworth and two tough layups by Briddell.
- The 18-4 run was capped by a Rob Goyena fadeaway three in the corner on an inbounds play to cut the CNU lead down to three, 58-55, with 37 seconds left in regulation.
- The Sea Gulls were forced to put the Captains on the charity stripe, but the Captains knocked down their free throws to keep the Sea Gulls at bay and take the win.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Jordan Oates dominated the glass with a game-high 16 rebounds. He also scored seven points and blocked the ball twice.
- Gary Briddell scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists and stole the ball once.
- Brandon Craig did a little bit of everything. He scored nine points, hauled in four rebounds, handed out two dimes, stole the ball twice, and rejected the ball twice.
- Cameron Heard led the Sea Gull bench with seven points on 3-for-5 shooting.
- Paul Garcia chipped in six points, going a perfect 2-for-2 from deep. Garcia also registered two steals.
- Salisbury's bench outscored Christopher Newport's bench, 13-7.
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT GAME NOTES
- The Captains were held to a season-low 33.3 percent (21-63) from the field.
- Darian Peterson registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
- Jahn Hines and Trey Barber each scored a game-high 14 points. Both players also grabbed six boards.
- Ty Henderson added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Captains.
- Salisbury will conclude its home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 5 against the Mary Washington Eagles.
- Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Maggs PAC.
- The Sea Gulls will recognize its four graduating seniors for Senior Day prior to the game.
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.