CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team closed the 2011 calendar year on a three-game winning streak thanks to a 68-57 win at Eastern Shore rival Washington (Md.) College on Tuesday evening.
Salisbury (8-3) closed Tuesday's game on a 28-11 run, and has earned eight wins in its first 11 games for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
The Sea Gulls trailed by three at halftime and were down 46-40 with less than 10 minutes to play before making a run at the Shoremen (5-5). Senior Lee Righter converted a three-point play before sophomore Tim Harwood connected from beyond the arc to tie the game with 8:23 left in the game.
Freshman Chris Viqueira hit a pair of free throws for the last of six lead changes in the game, as Salisbury would quickly get its lead to five on another Harwood three. Harwood was good on 4-of-5 three-point tries, scoring 14 points in the contest.
Washington was able to get the lead back down to two, 53-51, on a Kevin Breslin three, with 3:47 left, but another spurt by the Gulls, including four points each from seniors Mike Atkins and Devin Posey and three from classmate Mike Maczko, allowed Salisbury to pull away.
Maczko scored a game-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season while Posey just missed one of his own with 12 points and nine assists to go with five rebounds.
The late-game push is nothing new for Salisbury, as the Sea Gulls have outscored their opponents by an average of nearly five points over the final 10 minutes of each of their wins this season.
Washington was led by Breslin, who scored 12 points, while Kevin Cunningham added 11.
Salisbury will be back in action on Jan. 4, 2012, when the Sea Gulls host the University of Mary Washington at Maggs Physical Activities Center.