SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Salisbury University men's basketball team came up with a one-point win in its first game at the San Juan Shootout on Sunday afternoon, taking down Concordia University Wisconsin, 50-49.
Adrien Straughn drove down the middle of the lane to break a 47-47 tie with just under two minutes remaining the game. The bucket was good for two of his team-high 10 points, while adding two assists, getting his first start of the year.
Out of a timeout with 1:45 left in the game, the Falcons missed a layup opportunity, and committed a foul going for the offensive rebound. The offense sent senior Kyle Savercool to the line for a one-and-one chance. He connected on the first for the 50-47 lead, but the second missed off the back rim. Salisbury shot 60 percent from the line in the game.
Despite Concordia corralling the rebound on the miss, the Sea Gulls forced a turnover, one of 19 in the game for the Falcons, to get Salisbury possession, using key seconds in the game.
Straughn had his next effort contested in a physical trip down the lane, getting Concordia another chance and the Falcons nearly drew even with a layup down the right wing, getting a foul called, as well. But the free-throw try to tie bounced off the front and back rim before junior Gordon Jeter pulled in the rebound.
It was one of five boards for Jeter, as Salisbury held a slight 36-34 edge on the glass in the game.
The Falcons would fail to get a shot off in a pair of possessions in the closing seconds, as Straughn came up with a steal and the last-second try never materialized.
Along with Sraughn's 10, Jeter scored nine points while sophomore Jordan Brooks added eight. Salisbury shot 38 percent from the floor for the game, coming on strong in the second half, hitting more than 61 percent of its two-point field goals in the final 20 minutes.
Senior Rocky Harris led the assault on the boards, pulling down a team-best eight rebounds.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Monday afternoon, taking on The College of Wooster at 5 p.m.