SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped its first home contest of the new year, 75-70, to No. 17 University of Mary Washington, Wednesday evening at the Maggs Physical Activities Center. The two schools are used to playing close contests, as six of the last seven contests between the two schools have been decided by six points or less.
Senior Tim Harwood led the Sea Gull attack with a game-high 21 points. The guard from Rockville, Md., tied his career-high with seven three-pointers on eight attempts. Harwood netted 18 of those points in the first half, going 6-of-7 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes. For the contest, the senior went 7-for-11 from the field.
Salisbury (4-7, 1-3 CAC) took a 36-31 lead at the halftime break, capitalizing on its efficiency from behind the three-point arc. Salisbury was 12-of-24 from the floor in the first half, including 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from three. Mary Washington (11-1, 5-0 CAC) was 10-for-26, a 38.5 percentage, from the field, and 4-of-12 from behind the three-point line.
The Sea Gulls held a 17-16 rebounding advantage in the first half, but Mary Washington outrebounded Salisbury 15-12 in the second half for a 31-29 edge in the contest.
The game was back and forth down the stretch, with the Eagles taking the lead for good with Bradley Riester hitting a three-pointer to give Mary Washington a 64-61 lead with 4:12 remaining in the contest. Salisbury would remain close but was unable to regain the lead down the stretch.
The Sea Gulls finished the second half much the way they did the first, going 12-for-24 from the field, but went 5-of-12 on three pointers in the second 20 minutes of play. The Sea Gulls shot 48.1 percent, 13-of-27, from three-point range for the contest.
Senior Brandyn Wilkerson finished the contest with 16 points, going 6-of-10 from the field, including 4-for-8 behind the three-point line. Freshman Charles Porter added 11 points for the Sea Gulls, with classmate Gordon Jeter chipping in 10 points and grabbing a team-high six rebounds.
John Yoxthimer led Mary Washington with 15 points, with Taylor Johnson and Riester adding 13 points each.
Salisbury held Riester, Mary Washington's top scorer, in check for much of the contest. Riester, the CAC Player of the Week for the previous two weeks, came into tonight's contest averaging 20.9 points but was held to 13 points. The Sea Gulls limited Riester to three points in the first half, but the senior guard connected on 3-of-5 from behind the three-point arc in the second half for the Eagles.
The Sea Gulls are next in action this Saturday, Jan. 11, traveling to take on York College of Pennsylvania. That contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.