SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's basketball team picked up its first all-time win against Southern Virginia University with an 81-72 victory Saturday afternoon at Maggs Physical Activities Center. Coming into the contest, the Sea Gulls were 0-2 against the Knights; the schools will meet much more frequently now that SVU is transitioning into the Capital Athletic Conference.
Senior Tim Harwood led a quartet of Salisbury (6-9) scorers in double digits with a game-high 19 points. Senior Dominic Milburn, and freshmen Gordon Jeter and Charles Porter, each coming off setting new career highs in Saturday's contest, were the other Sea Gulls to reach double figures. Jeter finished the contest with 17 points, Porter 16 and Milburn 14.
Milburn netted the first seven points of the contest, and ended the first half with a team-high nine. Salisbury would push its lead to a game-high nine, 21-12, with 8:42 left in the first half when freshman Justin Witmer's three-point attempt was blocked but the ball went right to Harwood, who rolled from the left elbow down the lane for a layup.
The hot start would allow the Sea Gulls to sustain a lead until 1:53 remaining in the first half, when Southern Virginia's Kenrick Hart hit a three-pointer and was fouled by Milburn. The made basket knotted the score at 26-26 and the made free-throw attempt gave the Knights their first lead of the contest.
Harwood responded with a three-pointer to allow the Sea Gulls to regain the lead before Southern Virginia (4-8) would tie the score again. A Charles Porter free throw with 38 seconds remaining in the half would give the Sea Gulls a 30-29 edge going into the break.
The Knights took the lead on their first possession in the second half, with the teams trading baskets and neither team taking a commanding lead for the next four minutes. Southern Virginia's Chris Baker hit two free throws to give the Knights their biggest lead of the contest, 40-35, with 15:33 remaining in the game.
The Sea Gulls would whittle down the Southern Virginia lead, including a basket by freshman Diara Woodard, the first of his career, to cut the SVU lead to 41-40 with 13:02 left in the game.
Salisbury took the lead for good when Porter hit two free throws to give Salisbury a 56-54 advantage with 6:16 left. Salisbury would build the lead back up to nine down the stretch, with that being the deciding margin.
Harwood pulled down a team-high six rebounds, while Jeter and Porter each grabbed four each. Junior Chris Viqueira handed out a game-high five assists, a new career high for the Boyds, Md., native.
Three Southern Virginia players finished with double digit points, with Michael Price leading the Knights with 15 points in the contest.
Salisbury is next in action this Wednesday, January 22, heading to Arlington, Va., for its third contest in five days, taking on Marymount University. That contest is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.