Sea Gulls wrap up Land of Magic Classic with 73-52 loss to Embry-Riddle

Sea Gulls wrap up Land of Magic Classic with 73-52 loss to Embry-Riddle

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team wrapped up play in the Land of Magic Classic with a 73-52 loss against host institution Embry-Riddle University, Monday night at the ICI Center.

Senior Tim Harwood led the Sea Gull attack with 13 points, hitting each of his field goals from behind the three-point arc and going 4-for-4 from the free-throw stripe.

Salisbury (3-6) opened the contest with a 5-0 run over the first 1:30 before Embry-Riddle (11-1) went on its own 10-0 run over the next 3:01. Senior Brandyn Wilkerson started the scoring with two free throws, with freshman Gordon Jeter hitting a three pointer to give the Sea Gulls their biggest lead of the contest.

Salisbury pulled within two points with 7:17 remaining in the first half when Harwood took a pass from junior Conor Strickland and nailed a basket for three of his team-leading 10 first-half points, cutting the Eagle lead to 23-21. That would be the closest the Sea Gulls would get the rest of the way, with Embry-Riddle building a 14-point halftime lead, 44-30.

Embry-Riddle pushed its lead in the second half to a game-high 29, at 68-39, with 9:45 in the contest. Salisbury closed to the gap to 68-50 with 4:23 remaining when sophomore Ryan Miller took a pass from freshman Charles Porter and hit a jumper to narrow the Embry-Riddle lead.

Wilkerson was the only other Salisbury player to reach double digits, going 2-of-7 from the field, hitting both shots from behind the three-point line and going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

Sophomore Luke Ruland led the Sea Gulls with five rebounds. Porter and sophomore Charlie Rogers each brought down four rebounds.

The Sea Gulls were outrebounded in the contest 37-31, with the Eagles holding an advantage in assists, 19-13.

DeForest Carter led Embry-Riddle with a game-high 18 points.

Salisbury will be next in action on Saturday, Jan. 4, traveling to take on Penn State-Harrisburg. That contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The Sea Gulls return to the Maggs Physical Activities Center the following Wednesday, Jan. 8, hosting the University of Mary Washington. That contest is slated to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.