SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's basketball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped with a 67-62 loss to No. 10 Wesley College, Wednesday night at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
Salisbury (11-11, 6-7 CAC) kept the contest close and made it a one-possession game late but was unable to pull ahead down the stretch. Wesley (19-2, 11-2 CAC) pushed its lead to double digits, 46-36, with 11:39 remaining in the contest but Salisbury would storm back a few minutes later.
Junior Conor Strickland cut the lead to two, 48-46, with a layup with 8:22 remaining, and the Sea Gulls got a stop on Wesley's next possession. Senior Dominic Milburn came down the floor, missed a layup but pulled down his own rebound and went back up strong to tie the contest.
Two possessions later, Milburn came down the floor and hit a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Sea Gulls a 51-48 lead with 6:40 left in the contest. Over the next 5:37, the Wolverines went on a 15-4 run to push the lead back to eight, 63-55.
Freshman Gordon Jeter energized the crowd, going coast to coast, driving down the right side of the lane for a thunderous one-handed slam dunk to pull the contest to five, 64-59, with 42 seconds remaining. Following two defensive stops, freshman Justin Witmer hit the final of his four three-pointers on the night to cut the lead to two with 28 seconds remaining. Salisbury was unable to tie the contest and had to foul, allowing Wesley to pad its lead as the clock wound down.
Witmer and senior Tim Harwood led the Sea Gulls with 14 points each. Milburn extended his double digit scoring streak to nine games with 11 points. The Silver Spring, Md., native also pulled down six rebounds. Jeter netted four points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Wesley had four scorers in double digits, led by David Langan, who registered a double-double with 16 points and 19 rebounds. Langan was a force in the middle, disrupting the Sea Gull low-post efforts with a game-high five blocks.
Salisbury looks to get back in the win column this Saturday, Feb. 15, hosting York College of Pennsylvania. The team will celebrate Alumni and Senior Day, with tipoff scheduled for 4 p.m.