Sea Gulls fall in final exhibition at UMES

Sea Gulls fall in final exhibition at UMES

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team got its final warm up for the 2014-15 season Tuesday night, traveling down Route 13 to Division I University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, falling 70-51 in the game.

The Sea Gulls got off to a slow start, but the offense got going in the final ten minutes of the first half, as they outscored the Hawks 20-14 in the final 9:45.

Sophomore Justin Witmer got SU going with his second three-pointer of the half, as he led the Gulls with eight points in the half.

With 5:53 left, a layup from sophomore Charles Porter, followed by two free throws by Witmer and a layup by sophomore Gordon Jeter cut the UMES lead to 24-14, after the 6-0 SU run.

In the final minutes, junior Justin May added a three and a jumper, as Jeter and he both netted five points in the period, as the Gulls went into the break trailing only 34-23.

Jeter's five rebounds here a team high at the half.

May cut the lead to under 10 points 15 seconds into the second half with a layup, as SU was able to keep the pressure on to begin the second half.

The Hawks increased their lead to 47-30, but two-consecutive threes, one from May, followed by one from junior Rocky Harris got the Gulls back within 11. May led the team with 16 points on the night, while Witmer added 14.

UMES began to pull away in the 10 minutes of the second period, taking the victory.

Jeter finished the game with six rebounds to lead the team, while senior Conor Strickland tallied a team-high four assists.

Salisbury begins its season on Saturday, kicking off the Optimist Tournament at Maggs Physical Activities Center against Bryn Athyn College; the game is set to start at 5 p.m.

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