FREDERICK, Md. – The No. 20 Salisbury University men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday night, 67-55, at Hood College.
The Blazer lead grew to double figures in a hurry as Hood (4-1, 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference) opened the game on a 10-0 run with Salisbury not connecting on a field goal attempt until senior Mike Maczko hit with 13:01 remaining in the opening period.
Back-to-back three-pointers from senior Devin Posey and junior Craig Ryan got the Sea Gulls (4-1, 0-1) within three points, and another triple from Dylan Robeson made it a one-point game, 16-15, with nine minutes left before halftime.
The buckets from beyond the arc were the only ones made by Salisbury in the first half as the Gulls shot 29 percent (7-of-24) from the floor. A 19-5 run by Hood to close the first half, capped by a Ramon Smith three with one second left, gave the Blazers a 37-22 edge at the break.
Epps would score 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half as the Sea Gulls chipped away and took their first lead of the game, 46-44, with 11:12 left to play thanks to an Atkins three-pointer. But 42 seconds later Hood's Cameron Cook would answer with a three of his own to allow the Blazers to re-take the lead.
Cook scored a game-high 19 points as Hood would not give up its lead the rest of the way.
To go with his 17 points, Epps pulled down seven rebounds and had three steals. Maczko came up just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine boards while dishing out a team-best three assists.
Salisbury will look to get back to its winning ways on Friday, Dec. 2, as the Gulls will take on John Jay College on the first night of the Optimist Classic at Maggs Physical Activities Center.