Salisbury forces 26 turnovers en route to 92-50 win

Salisbury forces 26 turnovers en route to 92-50 win

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team traveled to Goucher College on Saturday afternoon and defeated the Gophers 92-50. The Sea Gulls forced 26 Goucher turnovers, scoring 33 points off those turnovers.

Salisbury (2-0) opened the game on a 7-0 run with Chase Kumor knocking down a big three-pointer early in the contest, but saw Goucher battle back with a 7-0 run of its own to cut the lead to 9-7. Braedon Dorsey ended the Gopher (0-2) scoring run with the maroon and gold's second three-pointer of the half to push the advantage to five with over 12 minutes remaining.

The game turned into a back and forth battle from there with the Sea Gulls holding three eight point leads before Goucher battled back each time to pull within as close as six twice. Freshman Gary Briddell put an end to the back and forth and gave Salisbury its largest lead of the day with a 10-4 run of his own, which included back-to-back three-pointers, giving the Gulls a 38-24 lead.

The maroon and gold finished the half on an 8-4 run, which included a steal by point guard Al Leder, which he turned into points with a strong finish at the hoop to push Salisbury out to its largest lead of the afternoon, 46-26.

At the break Briddell totaled a team-high 12 points, going 3-for-4 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from behind the arc to help Salisbury hold a 46-28 lead. As a team the Gulls shot 34.1% from the floor, while Goucher held a slight advantage shooting 39.1% (9-for-23) from the field. However, the maroon and gold did force 13 Gopher turnovers scoring, 18 points off of those turnovers, compared to just five turnovers by the Gulls. Salisbury also held an advantage in rebounds, grabbing 29 to Goucher's 15.  

Briddell picked up right where he left off at the start of the second half, knocking down a three less than a minute in to push the lead to 49-28. Chad Barcikowski followed suit less than two minutes later, knocking down his first three-pointer of the afternoon to build the lead back to 20 after a 4-0 Goucher run.

Barcikowski continued to find his shooting rhythm, helping spark a 7-3 run for the Gulls, aided by two three-pointers. The run pushed the maroon and gold's lead to its largest of the game, 60-35 with just over 14 minutes to play in the second half.

Timmy O'Farrell broke the Goucher two plus-minute scoring draught with just over 12 minutes left to play in the half, hitting two free-throws to cut into the Salisbury lead, 60-37.

Blair Davis helped turn defense into offense after a Goucher turnover. Davis forced a turnover and found Briddell posted up in the near corner, who squared up and knocked down a three-pointer to open a 27 point lead for the maroon and gold, 69-42 with under nine minutes left to play.

Davis dished out his second straight assist finding Jack Ferguson, who joined in the three-point barrage and knocked down his first three of the contest to stretch the advantage to 75-44 with less than eight minutes to play in the contest.

The Sea Gulls continued to build on their lead when Davis forced a Goucher turnover and started transition the other direction. Davis finished off the break with a beautiful no-look pass to a trailing Lucas Martin, who finished with a nice finger roll off the glass for a 79-44 lead.

Alex McNaughton capped the scoring for the maroon and gold, knocking down two three-pointers in the final four minutes of the contest.

Briddell finished with a team and game-high 20 points while also adding in a team-best four steals in just 15 minutes of work. Barcikowski and Martin each recorded 10 points while combining for nine rebounds.    

Salisbury finished the afternoon going 28-for-75 (37.3%) from the field while going 13-for-38 (34.2%) from behind the arc. The Sea Gulls pulled down 56 rebounds and totaled 19 steals while holding Goucher to a shooting percentage of 30.2.

Salisbury returns to action on Tuesday, November 21 when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and admission will be free that night.

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