DOVER, Del. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped a contest to Route 13 and Capital Athletic Conference rival Wesley College Wednesday evening, 68-62, at Wentworth Gymnasium.
Freshman Charles Porter tied his career-high with 20 points to lead all scorers in the contest. The guard from Gaithersburg, Md., set a new career high for rebounds in the contest, leading Salisbury (4-9, 1-5 CAC) with nine boards.
Playing their seventh ranked opponent to date, including Division II NAIA-ranked Emory-Riddle University, the Sea Gulls got off to a strong start against Wesley (12-1, 5-1 CAC). Salisbury pushed the action, getting a lead of six, 14-8, when junior Chris Viqueira put home a layup with 10:33 remaining in the first half.
The two schools went back and forth, with the Sea Gulls taking a 31-28 lead into halftime. Porter had a balanced evening, netting 10 points in each half. Salisbury took advantage of a strong shooting first half, going 12-of-22, hitting 54.5 percent of its shots from the floor.
Salisbury started the second half with an 11-4 run, pushing its lead to a game-high 11 points, 43-32, with 16:46 remaining in the contest when Viqueira hit a three pointer. Over the next 2:02, the Wolverines went on a 9-0 run to cut into the Sea Gull lead, capped by a Brandin Youngblood layup.
The Sea Gulls would get the next two buckets to push its lead back to six, 47-41, with 14:00 remaining in the contest. That would be the largest Salisbury lead for the rest of the evening, with the Wolverines tying up the contest at 50-50 with 10:29 remaining.
Porter put the Sea Gulls back on top on the next possession, getting to the hoop and drawing contact, with the basket counting. Following a made free-throw, the Sea Gulls would have their last lead of the evening, 53-50, with 9:55 remaining.
The rest of the contest, Wesley outscored Salisbury, 18-9, to take control of the game and withstand a late Salisbury charge. With 2:53 remaining, Porter was able to hit one of two free throws to pull SU within one, 61-60. Following a Wolverine three pointer, senior Tim Harwood hit two free throws with 2:10 remaining to pull the Sea Gulls within two, the closest they would get the rest of the contest.
Porter set his career mark of 20 points against Christopher Newport University on Dec. 18. As part of that effort, Porter made six field goal attempts, and had a previous high of three three-pointers made 11 nights ago against Penn State University-Harrisburg. Porter matched each of those totals tonight, going 6-of-9 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from long distance.
Freshman Gordon Jeter had a strong contest, finishing as the only other Sea Gull in double digits with 13 points. The Easton, Md., native came on strong in the second half, netting 10 points in the second 20 minutes.
The Sea Gulls return to Maggs Physical Activities Center this Saturday, January 18, hosting Frostburg State University. That contest is scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m.