SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team collected a 92-73 win against Lancaster Bible College on Friday night in opening day action of the Salisbury Optimist International Tournament on the strength of four players scoring in double figures, including a career-high 24 from sophomore Gary Briddell.
After the Chargers (1-1) were able to open up an eight-point lead early, senior guard Blair Davis took control, leading the Sea Gulls on a 12-3 run to give Salisbury a 22-21 edge, its first lead since 2-0.
The game was tied twice in the next two minutes, but Salisbury pushed the lead to as many as 12 in the closing seven minutes of the first half.
Davis had 12 points to go with three steals in the first half while Briddell connected on two shots from beyond the arc to score 13 in the first 20 minutes of play giving Salisbury a 46-36 lead at the break.
Lancaster Bible again started a half strong, cutting Salisbury's lead to six points, 51-45, with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game, but the Sea Gulls did not allow the Chargers to hang around. The six-point edge would be the smallest for Salisbury in the half, putting together a 16-2 run over the next four minutes to pull away.
Off a Davis assist, Foley scored the first three points of the run, on a three-point play. Foley had six during the run while Mike Ward had four. Ward finished the game with 15 points.
With another strong defensive effort, the Sea Gulls forced 17 Charger turnovers in the game, including 11 Salisbury steals, creating 25 points off turnovers.
To go with his 24 points, Briddell also blocked a pair of shots, while Foley finished with his first career double-double in maroon and gold, scoring 16 and pulling down 11 rebounds. Davis finished with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and a trio of steals.
The Sea Gulls will take on Johns Hopkins University in the Optimist Tournament championship game on Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. The Blue Jays topped DeSales University in Friday's first game, 85-78. DeSales and Lancaster Bible will play in the tournament's consolation game on Saturday at 2 p.m.