SU holds off Mustangs for 63-56 CAC victory

SU holds off Mustangs for 63-56 CAC victory

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team snapped a four-game skid Wednesday night with a 63-56 win at Stevenson University. The victory is the third for Salisbury against the Mustangs this season, having beaten Stevenson in the opening round of the Pride of Maryland Tournament and both regular-season Capital Athletic Conference meetings.

Salisbury (10-8, 3-6 CAC) opened the game on an 8-2 run with junior Trent Epps scoring four of his eight points in the game's first four minutes.

The Mustangs (4-15, 1-9 CAC) were able to cut the Sea Gull advantage to one point on four different occasions in the first half, but could not tie the game.

After Stefon McCray's layup with 7:19 left in the first half cut Salisbury's lead to 19-18, the Gulls closed out the first half on a 19-9 run to head into the break with a 38-27 lead. Three-pointers by senior Mike Maczko and sophomore Tim Harwood contributed to the run.

An 11-0 run by Stevenson early in the second half, capped by McCray's free throw, allowed the Mustangs to take a one-point lead, 44-43, six minutes into the second half. But the Stevenson lead would last just a few seconds as Salisbury struck on its next possession.

Senior Jason Nwosu kicked the ball out from the low post to senior Devin Posey at the top of the key. Posey buried the three-pointer to give the Gulls the lead.

Posey's jumper sparked a 7-0 run, finished off by another Harwood three, to put Salisbury back up by six. The Mustangs would get within three, but no closer.

When Harwood slashed to the basket for a layup with 1:35 left it marked the first score for either team in more than six minutes and it pushed the Sea Gulls' lead to eight. Salisbury would connect on 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Maczko finished with 13 points to lead Salisbury, while pulling down seven rebounds and notching four steals. Posey and Harwood each scored a dozen with Harwood grabbing four rebounds while playing a career-high 36 minutes.

Greg Collins scored a game-high 23 to lead the Mustangs, while Stevenson's leading scorer on the season, Brett Burrier, who entered averaging 14 points per game, was held scoreless for the first time in his career.

The Sea Gulls return home to Maggs Physical Activities Center on Saturday, Jan. 28 to host Wesley College. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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