SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's basketball team picked up a crucial 62-56 win over Marymount (Va.) University, Wednesday evening at Maggs Physical Activity Center. With the win, and one game left in the regular season, the Sea Gulls are tied for fourth in the Capital Athletic Conference standings, with the team that finishes fourth hosting the first round of the CAC postseason tournament.
Both teams had a tough start to the contest, with Marymount (15-9, 7-8 CAC) getting the first basket of the game 2:23 in. Neither team would net a field goal until 6:01 later, a jumper by Marymount's Tucker Canary, for a 7-2 Saints lead. Salisbury would get its first field goal, a three-pointer by senior Dominic Milburn, after 8:50 had gone off the clock.
That was the first of three three-pointers for Milburn, on successive possessions, with the third coming midway through the first half to tie the score at 11-11.
The two teams would battle back and forth, with Marymount holding a slight edge until senior Tim Harwood hit a three to give Salisbury (13-11, 8-7 CAC) its first lead of the contest, 25-23, with 2:37 left in the first half. The Saints ended the half on an 8-4 run to take a 31-29 lead at the break.
Marymount would hold the lead until 13:36 remaining in the contest after a three-pointer by freshman Justin Witmer. The Saints tied the score before Milburn hit a jumper to make it 42-40 with 12:37 remaining, giving the Sea Gulls the lead for good.
A three by junior Conor Strickland pushed the lead to a game-high nine, 53-44, with 6:29 remaining in the game. Twice the Saints closed the lead to three points but were unable to complete the comeback.
Harwood and Milburn led the Sea Gulls with 13 points each, while Witmer chipped in 10 off the bench.
Strickland pulled down a team-high five rebounds and dished out a team-leading three assists.
Salisbury wraps up its regular season this Saturday, Feb. 22, traveling to Frostburg State University. That contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.