ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team withstood a late charge from No. 25 St. Mary's College of Maryland to snap a three-game road losing streak Thursday evening.
Senior Dominic Milburn extended his double digit-scoring streak to five games, as he led the Sea Gull attack with a career-high 23 points. The Silver Spring, Md., native netted 14 points in the first half, helping to put the Sea Gulls out in front in the first half.
Salisbury (8-10, 4-6 CAC) jumped out to a good start, beginning the contest on a 6-0 run over the first 2:09 of the contest. St. Mary's (13-5, 7-3 CAC) would answer back over the course of the half but the Sea Gulls would go into the break on a hot streak.
Salisbury started a 14-0 run with 5:02 left in the first half, starting with a three-pointer by senior Brandyn Wilkerson. At the beginning of the run, the score was tied at 24-24. To end the half, the Sea Gulls had run out to a 36-24 lead. The Seahawks started the second half with possession but, after several passes, missed their opening shot of the half, and freshman Gordon Jeter grabbed the defensive rebound. Salisbury advanced the ball and Milburn put home the first points of the first half, capping the Salisbury run that spanned 5:30 and two halves.
St. Mary's broke the Salisbury run with a jumper by Brendan McCall to make the score 38-26. The Seahawks would battle back, tying the game at 54-54 with 8:25 left when Kyle Wise created a turnover, going from end-to-end for a bucket and a foul, hitting the free throw to knot the score.
Salisbury responded with a Milburn three with 7:40 remaining in the contest, starting a 7-2 run over the next 2:29 to give the Sea Gulls a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
St. Mary's wouldn't go down without a fight, pulling within a point, 63-62, when Donn Hill hit a jumper with 41 second remaining. Unable to run the clock out, Milburn was forced to put up a shot as the shot clock was about to expire. The shot was off target but Jeter grabbed the final of his team-high seven rebounds.
Not yet in the bonus for the second half, St. Mary's fouled Jeter for its sixth team foul of the half. Salisbury inbounded the ball from the baseline, needing to throw the ball to the backcourt to get the ball in. Senior Tim Harwood corralled the pass and was fouled to set up a one-and-one. The Rockville, Md., native made both free throws to extend the Sea Gull lead to 65-62.
The Seahawks would have one last chance but a three-point attempt by Hill from the right wing would not go down, giving the Sea Gulls the victory.
Salisbury will next be in action this Saturday, February 1, traveling to Buena Vista, Va., to take on Southern Virginia University. That contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.