SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team snapped a three-game skid on Saturday afternoon, topping visiting St. Mary's College of Maryland, 97-77, as the Sea Gulls connected on more than 55 percent of their three-point field goals, the third-highest percentage for Salisbury this year.
The early moments of the game were close with James Foley beginning the scoring with a thunderous dunk, charging in from the baseline on the right side.
St. Mary's (7-12, 1-7 Capital Athletic Conference) held a two-point lead five minutes into the game when Gary Briddell took control for the Sea Gulls (14-5, 4-4 CAC), scoring 14 points over a span of three minutes, hitting all five shots he attempted in the stretch, including four three-pointers. Briddell had 20 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 25 in the contest, hitting 7-of-9 from outside.
The Seahawks were able to answer many of Briddell's baskets, with the largest Salisbury lead of the half coming with 10:18 showing on the clock, and the spread eight points, 31-23.
St. Mary's took the lead with five minutes left in the half and held the advantage at the break, 51-44, closing the first half on an 18-8 run.
Salisbury adjusted at halftime, beginning the second half on a 20-4 run to retake the lead, pushing its edge to 64-55. Salisbury used the three-point shot to its advantage during the run, getting triples from Chase Kumor and Foley. Blair Davis also got into the act, driving the lane and getting fouled for a three-point play.
Lucas Martin scored six during the run and finished the day with nine points.
St. Mary's stopped the run momentarily, but the Sea Gulls maintained their lead and used another outburst to stretch the lead to 18 points with just over eight minutes left in the game and Salisbury maintained the large lead the rest of the way.
Davis narrowly missed out on a triple-double in the game, scoring 21 points to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Kumor scored a dozen in the contest, including hitting three times from outside.
The Sea Gulls will remain at home for its next contest, hosting the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, January 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m.