BUENA VISTA, Va. – A Dominic Milburn 12-foot fadeaway as time expired pushed the Salisbury University men's basketball team's winning streak to three with a 72-70 win over Southern Virginia University, Saturday afternoon at Knights Sports Arena.
Senior Tim Harwood led the Salisbury (9-10) attack with 20 points, going 7-for-11 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point line. With his threes in today's contest, the Rockville, Md., native passed Devin Jones (2006-10) for seventh on the all-time Salisbury list for most threes made with 137.
Milburn scored the first and last buckets for the Sea Gulls, adding 12 points in between to finish with 16 points in the contest. This was the sixth straight contest with double digit points for the senior from Silver Spring, Md.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle, with neither team holding more than a five-point lead. Neither team would lead by double digits in the contest, with Southern Virginia pulling ahead by nine, 61-52, with 7:02 remaining in the contest.
Salisbury was down eight, 68-60, with 3:20 to go following a Kenrick Hart layup. Following a 30-second timeout that put a comeback plan in place, the Sea Gulls rallied back. Milburn started the push, putting home a layup with 3:04 remaining.
Southern Virginia (4-11) was unable to answer on its next possession, with Hart missing a layup. Freshman Gordon Jeter pulled down the rebound and the Sea Gulls swung the ball around for a three by Brandyn Wilkerson that was off target. Jeter pulled down the final of his team-high nine rebounds, with the ball getting back to Wilkerson, who was fouled. The Mount Airy, Md., native sank two free throws to cut the Knight lead to 68-64.
Following another defensive stop, Milburn put home a layup that narrowed the Knight lead to a bucket. Following two SVU free throws for their final points in the contest, the Sea Gulls faced a 70-66 deficit with 70 seconds remaining.
Harwood put home a layup nine seconds later, bringing the Sea Gulls back within a basket. Salisbury forced a turnover on the next Knight possession, setting the stage to tie the contest. Milburn got to the hoop for a layup to tie the score at 70-70 with 36 seconds remaining.
Southern Virginia had an opportunity to pull ahead but Chris Baker missed a jumper with seven seconds remaining. Harwood pulled down the last of his four rebounds, giving the Sea Gulls the opportunity to win in regulation.
Milburn made the most of that opportunity, giving the Sea Gulls a thrilling win.
Salisbury is next in action this Wednesday, Feb. 5, returning to Maggs Physical Activities Center to host Christopher Newport University. That contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.