November 30, 2008

Salisbury finishes fourth in the Provident Pride of Maryland Tournament

STEVENSON, Md. - The final day of the 2008 Provident Pride of Maryland Tournament proved to be a nail biter as three of the four men's basketball games were determined by four points or less. In the third-place game, Salisbury University was edged by Eastern Shore rival Washington (Md.) College 69-66 at Stevenson University.

The lead changed hands six different times in the second half as the Shoremen (2-2) took their final lead with seven minutes left in the game. Salisbury (1-5) cut Washington's lead to one, 67-66, on a three-pointer by junior Devin Jones (eight points, five rebounds, four assists) with 1:32 left in the game.  After a SU timeout, the Shoremen answered with a jumper made by Andrew Chambers (12 points, six rebounds) with a minute left. SU got off two final shots in the waning seconds, including a three-pointer with three seconds left in the game, but neither shot found the bottom of the net.

Junior Greg Palmer led all Sea Gulls with 11 points and four rebounds. Fellow junior Preston Faulk contributed 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Forward Matt DeLizio (six points) led the team with seven rebounds and three steals. Jones was named to the all-tournament team.

SU jumped out to an early 11-4 lead six minutes into the contest. Washington tied the game minutes later on a three-pointer by Kevin Breslin (15 points, four rebounds) to knot the game at 13-13 midway through the half. Washington took a 37-28 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Sea Gulls regained the lead three different times within a minute before Washington responded. SU led 57-54 after a Sean Whittaker layup with 9:38 left in the game. Washington's Sal Schittino (12 points) drained a three-pointer, a minute later, to tie the game once more. Tim Kohlrus led all-scorers with 22 points and nine rebounds in the win for the Shoremen.

Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary's (Md.) College won the tournament with an 84-81 comeback win over Johns Hopkins University. McDaniel College took fifth-place with a 55-41 victory over Frostburg State University while Stevenson defeated Goucher College, 62-58, in the seventh-place game.

Salisbury and Washington will meet again on January 3, 2009 in Salisbury, Md., for a 7 p.m. regular season nonconference game.

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