Men's basketball holds off Penn State-Harrisburg for 87-80 CAC win

Men's basketball holds off Penn State-Harrisburg for 87-80 CAC win

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team picked up an 87-80 Capital Athletic Conference victory at Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls rode their hot three-point shooting to a pair of CAC wins in the past week and kept that streak going on Saturday, making more than 44 percent of their tries from long range.

Salisbury (16-5, 6-4 CAC) missed is first two tries from beyond the arc, as the Lions (12-9, 4-6 CAC) opened up an early 4-0 lead before the Sea Gulls rattled off 11 points in a row, capped by Chase Kumor's triple.

Mike Ward scored the next 15 points for Salisbury as the team's lead grew to 13 points. Ward put up 16 points in the first half, connecting on 4-of-5 chances from outside as the Sea Gulls held a 42-26 lead at the break.

Penn State-Harrisburg chipped away, cutting its deficit to one point twice, including with four minutes to play, but Blair Davis scored the next four points and Gary Briddell added a layup to put the lead back to seven a moment later.

Ward scored a game-high 27 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, while Davis scored 23, going 11-of-12 from the free throw line, and dished out seven assists. Salisbury shot 53.7 percent from the floor, the team's best mark since December 29.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Wednesday at York College of Pennsylvania. That contest is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.