OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team saw its 2018-19 season come to a close in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night, falling to Baldwin Wallace University, 75-61.
The game remained close in the early minutes with Salisbury able to take a 12-8 lead, eight minutes into the game following a three-pointer from senior Chase Kumor and a steal and layup by sophomore Mike Ward.
The Sea Gulls (19-9) held the lead for the next 90 seconds before a three-pointer by Zach Cebula gave the Yellow Jackets (21-8) the lead, 13-12, as part of an 8-0 run, capped by Luke Schaefer's three-pointer. Baldwin Wallace attempted 31 three-pointers in the game, making 12 of them for a 39 percent clip for the game.
The early Salisbury lead proved to be the final one of the game for the Sea Gulls, as Baldwin Wallace pushed its edge to as many as eight in the first half, 29-21, with five minutes left. Five-straight points by Marquis Roberson and a free throw by Blair Davis cut the deficit back to 29-27, but the Yellow Jackets pushed the lead back to six at halftime.
Roberson finished the game with 12 points to go with a team-high five assists.
Baldwin Wallace outscored Salisbury 15-6 over the first seven minutes of the second half to take control, ahead 50-35. A Kumor three-pointer with 10:28 left in the contest got the deficit into single digits and the Sea Gulls got back to within seven, but another Cebula three pushed the score to 57-47.
Kumor tallied 10 points for Salisbury while pulling in a pair of rebounds. Cebula scored 15 points – one of four Yellow Jackets to score in double figures.
Salisbury was able to get the lead down to seven twice more – once on a Ward three-pointer -- but could get no closer. Ward scored a team-high 13 points in the contest.
Salisbury's selection to the NCAA tournament marked the ninth in program history, and the fourth postseason appearance in the last five years.