Sea Gull offense gets hot for 81-44 victory over Frostburg

Sea Gull offense gets hot for 81-44 victory over Frostburg

FROSTBURG, Md. - The Salisbury University men's basketball team went on the road for an 81-44 victory over Frostburg State University in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday.

The Sea Gulls opened the game on a 10-4 run, with three-pointers coming on their first-two possessions. Senior Conor Strickland hit from the right wing for the game's first points, and after a Bobcat score, sophomore Justin Witmer gave SU a 6-2 lead from the left wing.

Junior Wyatt Smith scored on a hook shot in the paint, before Witmer hit two free throws to cap the run and give Salisbury a six-point lead in the first three minutes of the contest.

Frostburg cut the lead to 10-8 at the 15:11 mark, but over the next six minutes and 17 seconds, the Gulls increased their lead to double digits with a 9-0 run.

Strickland hit from three again, this time from the left wing, before junior Adrien Straughn and Witmer drained long-distance shots from the right wing to make the score 19-8.

A 5-2 stretch in favor of FSU got the SU lead back down to single digits, but another 9-0 spurt for the Gulls built a 30-13 advantage with 5:30 left in the first half.

After a Salisbury timeout, Straughn hit from the top of the key for his second three. Junior Kyle Savercool drained a long-range shot from the right wing on SU's next possession, and after a Straughn steal to regain possession for the Gulls, freshman Gordon Jeter pulled down two offensive rebounds and eventually found junior Rocky Harris on the left wing to cap the run with his first three. 

The Sea Gulls held their double-digit lead for the rest of the first half, and Witmer and Strickland both added another score to give SU a 36-20 advantage at the break. Witmer paced the team with 10 points in the first half, while Salisbury led the rebounding 22-14 and was shooting 61.5 percent from behind the arc.

Harris opened the second half with a three, as the Gulls continued to stay hot offensively, opening the half on a 19-2 run in the first six minutes.

Jeter scored four-straight points after a Bobcat score, and Smith followed with a hook shot on the right block. Witmer and Straughn added three-pointers during the run, and freshman Jordan Brooks capped the stretch with a fast-break put-back layup to push Salisbury's lead to 55-22.

The Sea Gulls continued to build their lead, increasing it to as large as 43 points after a Jeter free throw at the 7:04 mark for a 72-29 advantage, before going on for their fifth CAC victory of the season.

Witmer and Harris both scored 13 points to lead the team, while 11 Gulls put up points in the contest. Jeter and Smith led the team with seven rebounds, each, and Strickland tallied a team-best six assists. Salisbury shot 56 percent from three and 52.7 percent from the floor in the game.

Salisbury returns home for its next game on Wednesday, January 21, as the Sea Gulls host CAC-foe Wesley College at Maggs Physical Activities Center; the opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

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