DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped a 79-70 decision to Carnegie Mellon University, Sunday afternoon at the Land of Magic Classic at the ICI Center on the campus of Embry-Riddle University.
Sophomore Charlie Rogers scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Salisbury (3-5) attack. The Onley, Md., native went 7-for-9 from the field, including hitting 5-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.
Down 25-14 with 7:59 remaining in the first half, following a Tartan basket, the Sea Gulls battled back to knot the score at 31 apiece before the half when sophomore Luke Ruland took a pass from junior Conor Strickland and put home a layup with 3:17 remaining in the first half.
Salisbury took its first lead since holding a 10-9 margin with 14:41 remaining in the first half when Rogers hit a three pointer to give the Sea Gulls a 34-32 advantage with 2:14 remaining before the break.
Carnegie Mellon (6-2) would score five of the last seven points of the half to take a 37-36 lead going into halftime. Rogers led the Sea Gulls with 12 points at the half, with senior Tim Harwood netting eight of his 17 points in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Tartans would quickly add to their lead, pushing the advantage to double digits for most of the second half. Salisbury made a push late in the second half, cutting the lead to six, at 67-61, with 4:49 remaining in the game when freshman Charles Porter hit two free throws. The freshman from Gaithersburg, Md., finished with 14 points, going 3-of-5 from the floor and hitting 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Salisbury continued to cut into the Tartan lead, getting as close at three, 73-70, when freshman Gordon Jeter put home a layup with 1:03 remaining in the game. Carnegie Mellon would finish the game on a 6-0 run, dashing any hopes of a maroon and gold comeback.
The Sea Gulls are in action tomorrow, wrapping up its participation in the Land of Magic Classic. Salisbury will face host Embry-Riddle, with a tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.