SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team took its first loss of the season Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 14 Dickinson College in the Optimist Tournament championship game, 87-70, at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
The Sea Gulls got on the board first on a turn-around hook shot from sophomore Gordon Jeter, helping to take an early 8-6 lead, with all eight points coming from the Easton, Maryland native. Jeter scored a game-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds for a double-double; he also gathered a team-best five steals.
Dickinson answered with a 7-0 run to take the lead 13-8, which it would hold for the rest of the game.
Salisbury continued to battle and keep the score close, as sophomore Charles Porter, who finished second for SU with 14 points in the game, scored on a layup, followed by a free throw after being fouled to cut the deficit to 22-19 with less than 10 minutes left in the first half.
After a Red Devils layup, sophomore Justin Witmer again cut the lead to three with one of his own.
The teams continued to trade shots in the final part of the first half, but trailing 29-21 with 5:45 to go, Jeter drained a jumper to spark SU for a 9-2 stretch, cutting Dickinson's lead to only one.
Dickinson scored the final six points of the half, taking a 37-30 lead into the break.
Jeter finished the first period with 12 points and five rebounds to lead the Gulls.
The second half started on a 5-2 advantage in favor of the Red Devils, but a free throw and a layup from Savercool got SU back to within eight, 42-34.
From there Dickinson began to pull away, never leading by less than nine for the rest of the game and taking the victory of the Optimist championship.
Witmer also reach double figures for Salisbury with 10 points, while junior Rocky Harris led the team with two assists.
Savercool and Jeter were each named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts over the weekend.
The Sea Gulls now look forward to Wilson College on Wednesday night, as the contest is set for 7:30 p.m., at Maggs Physical Activities Center.