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.
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.