Salisbury defeats York for fourth-straight CAC win

Salisbury defeats York for fourth-straight CAC win

SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's basketball team picked up its fourth-straight Capital Athletic Conference victory on Saturday evening, taking down York College of Pennsylvania 88-51 at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

The Sea Gulls jumped out to a quick 5-2 lead in the opening minutes, as sophomore Gordon Jeter hit a jumper on SU's first possession. After York answered with a jump shot, senior Conor Strickland made a three-pointer for the three-point advantage.

The Spartans came back with a 10-4 run to take the lead, but sophomore Justin Witmer drained a three from the right wing to tie the score, 12-12. Junior Ryan Miller followed with a jump shot from the left block to regain the lead for the Gulls, as Salisbury went on a 15-2 stretch to build a double-digit advantage.

Back-to-back left-corner threes from junior Rocky Harris and Witmer built the lead to seven, before a free throw and two more threes from Harris capped the spurt for a 27-14 lead.

Salisbury continued to stay hot from behind the arc and hold its lead, as junior Kyle Savercool hit two-straight threes, followed by another Witmer long-range basket, making the score 36-19.

After junior Wyatt Smith converted on two layups in the final minutes of the half, the Sea Gulls took a 42-23 advantage into halftime, while leading the rebounding 19-13 and the assists 10-5. SU only turned the ball over three times in the first half and was led by 10 points from Harris.

Salisbury carried its offensive momentum into the second half, as Harris nailed a three from the left wing, before Smith netted six-straight points for the Gulls. He grabbed two offensive rebounds in the spurt for put-back layups, sandwiching a layup after driving left for the score, increasing the lead to 51-23 with 17:14 left in the game.

Smith continued to find the basket over the next several minutes, throwing down a dunk on a baseline drive, before draining a jumper for a 57-30 advantage with just over 12 minutes left.

The Sea Gulls' lead never fell below 20 for the rest of the game, as they continued to build their advantage, hitting five more threes down the stretch, including two from senior Nick Sparacino.

Four players reached double figures for Salisbury, led by 16 points from Harris. Smith chipped in with 12, while Savercool and Witmer both registered 11. Smith pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, while three players tied with three assists.

The Sea Gulls are back in action on Wednesday, January 14 against the University of Mary Washington in CAC action; the opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

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