Salisbury rallies for 85-82 win over Lycoming to win Tip-Off Tournament

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Senior Travon Vann scored 30 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lift the Salisbury men's basketball team to an 85-82 victory over Lycoming College in the championship game of the 15th annual Tip-Off Tournament at Lamade Gym on Saturday.

Junior Tim Harwood added 15 points and two assists and senior Trent Epps chipped in with 15 points and four rebounds as Salisbury (3-0) won its second in-season tournament in two seasons to open the year.

The Sea Gulls shot over 57 percent (31-for-54) from the field and outrebounded the host Warriors, 42-26.

Salisbury erased a 69-60 deficit with 8:02 remaining for the win. After Kevin Anthony's offensive rebound and tip-in, Harwood nailed a three-pointer off of a Vann assist. Chris Viqueira followed with a steal from Chris Foreman and Craig Ryan hit another three to cut the lead in half with 6:48 left.

Viqueira then picked Patrick Dougher's pocket and fed Vann for a dunk to get the score to 69-68.

The lead grew back to seven with five minutes left when Michael Rudy knocked down a three to make it 80-73, but Salisbury held Lycoming (1-1) to just one bucket the rest of the way.

Harwood hit a pair of free throws, Vann a layup and Elijah Gore a basket in transition to get back within one with 2:17 left before a Ryan steal and another dunk by Vann with 39 seconds left gave SU the lead for good.

The Sea Gulls jumped out to their biggest lead of the game at 26-17 with 9:09 remaining in the first half on a Harwood jumper. Lycoming closed the gap and took a 41-38 lead into the break.

Vann, who was named tournament MVP, shot 12-for-16 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line for Salisbury with 16 points and 12 rebounds by halftime. Epps was also named to the all-tournament team.

Salisbury returns home, hosting Christopher Newport University Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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