VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team took to the road for the first time in the 2018-19 season on Tuesday night and came away with a 55-52 victory at Virginia Wesleyan University, to remain perfect through four games.
The Marlins (1-2) took an early six-point lead, 8-2, with the help of a pair of three-pointers, but the six-point edge marked the largest lead of the first half for the Marlins.
The Sea Gulls (4-0) drew even on four different occasions in the first 11 minutes of play, and Chase Kumor's layup with 7:24 showing on the clock gave Salisbury its first lead of the night. A Blair Davis layup pushed Salisbury's lead to eight with just under two minutes to play in the half and the Sea Gulls held a 32-28 lead at the break.
The Marlins used a 12-0 run to begin in the second half to open up a 40-32 lead before Gary Briddell buried a three-pointer to end the spurt.
Salisbury chipped away at its deficit and Mike Ward buried a three-pointer in front of the Sea Gull bench to put Salisbury back on top, 51-50, with two minutes left. Kumor drew a charge on the ensuing Virginia Wesleyan possession and Salisbury was able to hold on over the final minute of play.
Briddell scored 16 to lead all scorers, to go with six rebounds, while Davis had 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists. James Foley pulled in 12 rebounds to go with six points in the contest.
The Sea Gulls will be off through the rest of the week, next traveling to Washington (Md.) College on Monday, November 26. That game is set to tip off at 7 p.m.