YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped a Capital Athletic Conference contest, 60-57, to York College of Pennsylvania, Saturday afternoon at the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.
After a back and forth contest, the Sea Gulls had their opportunities down the stretch but fell just short. Down 59-57 with 14 seconds left, senior Tim Harwood got to the rim but saw his layup blocked by Mike Mathews, with the ball picked up by the Spartans. Following a timeout, freshman Charles Porter fouled fellow first-year Spartan Brad Wesner. Wesner missed the front end of two foul shots, giving Salisbury (4-8, 1-4 CAC) hope with eight seconds remaining.
Wesner made his second free throw, giving York a 60-57 lead. Junior Conor Strickland took the inbounds pass and drove to the left wing, handing the ball off to Porter. The freshman went to his right, attempting a handoff to Harwood at the top of the three-point arc but was denied by a York defender. Once Harwood peeled away, Porter attempted a three pointer as time expired that drew iron, allowing York (2-11, 1-5 CAC) to pick up its first win since opening night and first conference victory of the season.
Harwood led the Sea Gull attack with a game-high 26 points in the contest. The Rockville, Md., native went 9-for-18 from the field, setting a new career high in field goals made and attempted, including 2-of-6 from behind the three-point line. His first trifecta came with 16:57 remaining in the first half, pushing the senior to No. 10 on Salisbury's all-time leaderboard in three-pointers made, the 120th of his career.
Harwood has made 45.5 percent of his three-point attempts over his career, which leads all players who have donned the maroon and gold, and have attempted at least 30 three-point tries. He is ranked in the top 20 among active players in three-point percentage over his career. So far this season, the senior guard has hit 48.2 percent of threes, good for a top-30 ranking in Division III.
Salisbury started the contest strong, with Harwood's three capping a 7-0 run over the first 3:03 of the game. A Harwood layup with 12 minutes remaining in the first half gave Salisbury its biggest lead of the contest, 16-4. The Spartans battled back to take a 34-32 lead at the half. Salisbury narrowed the lead at the first-half buzzer, as Harwood attempted a three from the right-wing that missed long, but senior Brandyn Wilkerson crashed the boards and executed a tip drill perfectly to pull the Sea Gulls within two at the break.
Salisbury reclaimed the lead to start the second half, as Wilkerson hit a three pointer to give the Sea Gulls a 35-34 lead. The two teams battled back and forth the entire second half, with York gaining the edge at the end of the contest.
Wilkerson and freshman Gordon Jeter aided Harwood's effort with eight points each. Jeter pulled down a team-high six rebounds in the contest.
York was led by Joey Feinberg's 15 points. Three other Spartans added nine points each.
Salisbury is next in action on Wednesday, Jan. 15, as the Gulls travel north to take on Route 13-rival Wesley College. The contest is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.