SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team battled back from an 11-point second-half deficit to get within one, but the comeback fell short as Wesley College took a 65-60 decison on Saturday.
Senior Jason Nwosu hit a layup following a steal by classmate Devin Posey to get the Gulls within 54-53, but Wesley's Paul Reynolds responded on the next possession with a three-point play to push the lead to four at the 3:52 mark.
After a basket by David Langan, Posey knocked down a jumper from the right wing and junior Dylan Robeson found senior Mike Maczko cutting to the hoop for two with 64 seconds left to cut it to a 59-57 game but Reynolds came back once again with a jumper and two from the line to put the game out of reach.
Senior Mike Atkins and junior Trent Epps led Salisbury (10-9, 3-7 Capital Athletic Conference) offensively with 16 and 10 points, respectively, and Maczko chipped in with nine points and 10 boards. Reynolds paced the Wolverines with 32 points and eight rebounds.
Wesley (8-11, 6-4 CAC) ran out to a 17-8 advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game but Salisbury scored five consecutive points on a sophomore Tim Harwood three-pointer and a pair of Atkins free throws to cut the lead to 17-13 with 7:37 to play in the half.
The Wolverines scored seven of the next nine points, taking their first double-digit lead of the day when Devon Davidson hit a jump shot and two free throws to make it a 25-15 game with 4:34 left.
Maczko countered with a jumper of his own and Robeson added a three to slice the lead in half, 25-20, at the 3:06 mark.
Wesley went into the break with a 29-20 edge.
Salisbury cut into the Wesley lead early in the second half, getting the deficit down to one point and staying within striking distance the rest of the way.
The Sea Gulls host Marymount (Va.) University on Wednesday at 8 p.m.