Trio of seniors leads Sea Gulls to 78-55 win over Penn State Harrisburg

Trio of seniors leads Sea Gulls to 78-55 win over Penn State Harrisburg

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team extended its home winning streak to three with a 78-55 win over Penn State University Harrisburg, Saturday afternoon at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

A trio of senior Sea Gulls reached double figures, led by Dominic Milburn's 14 points. Tim Harwood added 11, while Brandyn Wilkerson chipped in 10. Harwood and Milburn both had nine in the first half to lead Salisbury (7-10, 3-6 CAC) in the first 20 minutes. Each had three three-pointers in the first half.

Salisbury came out of the gate on a hot streak, shooting over 60 percent from the field and from behind the three-point arc in the first half to take a 39-25 lead at the half. The Sea Gulls went 14-of-22 from the floor (63.6 percent) and 8-for-13 on three-pointers (61.5 percent) in the first 20 minutes.

The Lions held a 10-8 lead with 5:57 gone by in the first half before Salisbury went on a 21-5 run that was started by Wilkerson. Sophomore Kyle Savercool hit a layup with 12:48 remaining in the half to give Salisbury its second, and lasting, lead of the contest. The spurt was capped by a Harwood three with 7:04 remaining in the first half, giving the Sea Gulls a 29-15 advantage.

From that point forward, Penn State Harrisburg (6-11, 3-6 CAC) wouldn't get within a dozen points of the Sea Gulls.

Salisbury cooled off slightly in the second half but still were able to build their lead. The Sea Gulls went 15-for-27 (55.6 percent) from the field and 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from long distance in the second half.

Junior Conor Strickland got the start, and added nine points and handed out a team-high six assists.

Head Coach Josh Merkel got solid bench play in the contest, with freshmen Charles Porter and Justin Witmer contributing eight and seven points, respectively.

The Sea Gulls outrebounded Penn State Harrisburg 29-25 in the contest and one fewer turnover, 20-19. Milburn grabbed a team-high six rebounds in the contest and dished out four assists.

Penn State Harrisburg was led by Joey Farthing with 19 points in the contest.

The Sea Gulls are next in action this Wednesday, traveling across the Bay Bridge to take on No. 24 St. Mary's College of Maryland. That contest is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

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