SALISBURY, Md. – A balanced offense and smothering defense helped the Salisbury University men's basketball team to a key 75-56 Capital Athletic Conference win against York College of Pennsylvania at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Wednesday night.
Four Sea Gulls scored in double figures, led by senior Adrien Straughn's career-high 16 points, while Salisbury (9-3, 2-3 CAC) came up with 15 steals scoring 26 points off York's 24 turnovers in the game.
The game remained close through only the first few minutes with York (6-6, 2-3 CAC) taking the early lead, but a three-pointer from Justin Witmer and a layup by Kyle Savercool gave the Gulls a 5-4 lead before Salisbury rattled off a 9-0 run to take control.
Junior Gordon Jeter scored six of his 15 points in the game during the stretch, as Salisbury held the lead near 10 points for the next five minutes thanks to three-pointers from seniors Justin May and Rocky Harris.
After a Dalton Myers layup for York made the lead 24-14 for Salisbury, the Gulls put together a 14-4 run to close the first half and grab a 38-18 lead at the break. Straughn and Harris combined for the final 17 points of the opening period, as Harris had a pair of threes in the closing minutes, with Straughn adding one of his own. The 20-point lead was the second-largest halftime lead this season for the Sea Gulls, who shot nearly 50 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
The Spartans put together a quick run to start the second half, cutting the lead to 12 points in less than three minutes, when a Myers tip-in made it 41-29. Myers scored a game-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds.
Harris and Chase Kumor each hit from the field to limit the Spartans' comeback, as the Sea Gulls maintained a comfortable lead.
York got the deficit to nine when Zack Galic hit a layup with 11:20 to go, but Straughn came right back with a two of his own, and a steal to score again, as the Gulls got seven-straight points from the New Carrollton, Maryland native, stretching the lead to 57-41. Straughn led Salisbury's defensive effort with five steals in the contest while Jeter had four.
The lead dipped to single digits just one more time, with 5:42 left, but would be below 10 for just 30 seconds when Savercool put together a three-point play to spark the game-ending 14-4 run.
Jeter finished with 15 points for Salisbury while Witmer, on 4-of-7 shooting from outside, and Harris each scored a dozen.
To go with Myers' efforts, Blayde Reich had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Matt Scamuffo had 10 for the Spartans.
Salisbury hits the road for its next two CAC games, traveling this Saturday to the University of Mary Washington for a 3 p.m., start against the Eagles.