Smith leads Sea Gulls past Washington, 75-56

Smith leads Sea Gulls past Washington, 75-56

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team earned a 75-56 victory at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Sunday afternoon over Washington (Md.) College.

Sophomore Justin Witmer opened the scoring with a three-pointer, and a layup by senior Conor Strickland gave Salisbury an early 5-2 lead, but Washington answered with a three to tie the game.

The Sea Gulls then scored six-straight points to retake the lead; junior Wyatt Smith scored a layup to start the stretch, before putting down a dunk on an offensive put back to cap the spurt, pushing the lead to 11-5.

With the lead, SU continued its run, using a 12-4 stretch over the next 10 minutes to build a double-digit lead.

After two free throws from junior Kyle Savercool, sophomore Gordon Jeter posted up for two-straight layups. Witmer followed with his own layup to give Salisbury an 11-point edge, 19-8.

Layups from Smith and Jeter increased the lead to 23-9 with 6:50 left in the first half.

Play evened out over the next few minutes, but with a 15-point lead with less than three minutes remaining in the frame, Witmer hit two threes, including one at the buzzer, to power an 8-0 closing stretch for a 38-18 lead at the break.

At the half, Witmer lead the Gulls with 11 points, as the team shot over 53 percent from the floor. Smith and Jeter both had eight points, as well.

The Sea Gulls continued to hold a 20-plus point lead in the opening minutes of the second half, as Savercool opened the period with a layup, and after a Shoremen basket, Witmer hit his fourth three of the contest for a 43-20 advantage.

Two free throws from Savercool pushed the lead to the largest of the game at 25 points, 45-20, and SU would continue to hold a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest.

A 13-5 run for the Shoremen cut the lead to 16, which is the closest that Washington would get for the rest of the game. They got back to within 16 a second time with 9:02 left in the game, but two-straight threes from Strickland and Savercool, and a layup from Smith, who finished the game with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds, pushed the advantage back to 24.

From there, the Gulls' lead never fell below 19, allowing Salisbury to come out victorious in its final home non-conference game of the season.

Witmer finished the game second on the team with 14 points, while Jeter and Savercool both chipped in with 11. Four Sea Gulls tied for a team high with three assists.

Salisbury now looks forward to a Capital Athletic Conference matchup with Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, December 17, as part of a men's and women's doubleheader; the men's game is set for 5 p.m.

 

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