Strong first half leads Sea Gulls to 17-point win against Wooster

Strong first half leads Sea Gulls to 17-point win against Wooster

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Salisbury University men's basketball team concluded a successful trip to Puerto Rico with a 67-50 victory against the College of Wooster in the San Juan Shootout on Monday evening.

Junior Gordon Jeter won the opening tip for the Sea Gulls, and despite a miss on the first possession, senior Kyle Savercool was able to get a quick steal and a bucket for the early lead. Savercool finished the contest with six points while pulling in a game-best eight rebounds.

The Scots (5-3) tied the contest moments later with a jumper from the left wing and connected on a three-pointer on its next chance for a 5-2 lead.

Savercool buried a pair of free throws on the next possession for the second early lead change, and a 4-3 advantage.

The lead would change hands six times in the first few minutes, with Jeter's work in the paint and an off-balance shot giving Salisbury the sixth lead change and an 9-8 edge, kicking off an 8-2 run with Jeter, Straughn and Chase Kumor each scoring during the spurt.

During the run, a smothering Salisbury defense allowed very few clean looks for the Scots, while forcing a number of turnovers.

The Sea Gulls (8-2) rode the early run to a 33-19 halftime lead, which would grow to as much as 22 points in the second half at 65-43.

Straughn and Jeter each scored 15 points in the game, to tie for team-high honors, while junior Justin Witmer added 13 to go with three assists and three steals.

The game marks the final contest of the 2015 calendar year for the Sea Gulls, who return to action on January 2, 2016, hosting St. Mary's College of Maryland at Maggs Physical Activities Center. The contest is scheduled to tipoff at 4 p.m. 

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