Sea Gulls bury Gophers in Provident Pride of Maryland first round

TOWSON, Md. - The Salisbury University men's basketball team secured its first win of the season with a 76-68 victory over Goucher College in the first round of the 2008 Provident Pride of Maryland Tournament here Tuesday evening.

Salisbury advances to the semifinals where the Sea Gulls will face Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, November 29, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson, Md., on the campus of Stevenson University. Johns Hopkins defeated Frostburg State University, 69-66, in a first round matchup on Tuesday in Frostburg, Md. The other semifinal will pit St. Mary's (Md.) College against Washington College.

Junior guard Devin Jones scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first half for the Sea Gulls. Salisbury and Goucher went into halftime knotted at 34 apiece.

Jones did the majority of his damage from the free-throw line as he made 14-of-16 attempts, a new Provident Pride of Maryland Tournament record. As a team the Sea Gulls made 85 percent of their foul shots (34-for-40). The 34 made free throws ties the tournament record.

SU trailed by three, 53-50, with 8:31 left in the game. The Sea Gulls then went on a 15-2 run in a five-minute span to take over the game en route to the victory. Sophomore center Chris McGrew (seven rebounds) scored six of his 12 points during the decisive run for Salisbury.

Junior guard Greg Palmer scored all of his 11 points in the second half as the Sea Gulls outscored the Gophers 42-34. Senior Brandon Abney ripped down a game-high nine rebounds and sophomore transfer Luther Weedon scored six points and made two steals in the win.

Goucher (0-2) had three players in double figures; Miguel Negron (17 points), Micah Perry (11 points) and Darrin Boswell II (10 points, eight rebounds), who paced the Gophers.

Salisbury is 5-5 all-time in the Provident Pride tournament since it began in 2005. The highest finish the Sea Gulls placed was second in '06. This is the third straight win for the Sea Gulls over the Gophers in the Provident Pride tournament.

Salisbury and Johns Hopkins have not seen each other since the 2006 Provident Pride championship that the Blue Jays won 71-60. The two schools also met in the 2005 Provident Pride first round where the Blue Jays won 76-61.

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