SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team notched its second win of the season, pulling out an 84-78 victory over Wilson College in front of a full house at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Wednesday evening.
The Sea Gulls (2-1) opened the game on a 6-2 run for the quick lead, as junior Kyle Savercool netted all six points. He drained a three-point shot to cap the spurt. Savercool tallied 25 points in the game to lead the Gulls, marking his second game over 20 points this season.
A layup from freshman Jordan Brooks put the lead at 8-4, but a 5-0 Phoenix run gave Wilson the lead. Brooks added another layup and a free throw after being fouled to regain the advantage for SU and spark an 11-0 stretch.
Sophomore Charles Porter followed Brooks' three-point play with one of his own, before Savercool would nail another shot from long range. A layup from Porter put SU up 19-9.
Wilson (0-3) would not let the lead grow any larger, fighting back and eventually taking the lead, 25-23. Not allowing Salisbury to take the lead back until there was less than three minutes left in the half, sophomore Gordon Jeter sunk a free throw with 2:26 left to put the Gulls ahead 34-33. Followed by Savercool's third three of the half, Salisbury pushed the advantage to four, 37-33.
The teams took a 39-39 tied score into halftime, as Savercool netted 14 points in the first half on 5-of-6 shooting. The Sea Gulls led the rebounding margin 18-14 at the break, while forcing 12 Wilson turnovers.
Salisbury came out firing to start the second half, as a three from sophomore Justin Witmer sparked a 17-6 run.
Jeter netted the next five points, scoring a layup plus a free throw, followed by a tip-in, pushing the lead to 47-43, and seven points from Porter, including a shot from behind the arc helped to cap the spurt, giving SU a 56-45 advantage.
The Sea Gulls continued to hold the lead, which did not fall below eight for the next eight minutes, before Porter drained a three from the top of the key, giving SU a 74-64 lead.
However, Wilson went on a 7-0 stretch to cut the SU lead to only three with 4:31 left in regulation.
The Phoenix kept the score close down the stretch, but two big free throws from junior Rocky Harris put the Sea Gulls ahead by four, 82-78, with 29 seconds left, helping to close out the win for Salisbury.
Porter and Jeter chipped in with 17 and 13 points, respectively, while Savercool and Jeter tied for a team-high 11 rebounds and both notching double-doubles. Savercool also tied for the team high in assists with senior Conor Strickland, as both dished out four helpers.
Salisbury takes the road for its next game, traveling to No. 19 Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday, November 22; the opening tip is set for 2 p.m.