Vann scores game-high 17 as Salisbury falls at Division I William & Mary, 82-49
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Senior Travon Vann led all scorers with 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting but The College of William & Mary was too much for the Salisbury University men's basketball team in a 82-49 win at Kaplan Arena on Friday.
William and Mary (7-3) opened the game on a 7-0 run before Harwood and Vann hit a three-pointer and a layup, respectively, to cut it to a 7-5 game at the 17:27 mark. Salisbury (9-3) stayed within shouting distance when Epps tallied a layup to shave it to a 16-10 deficit with 13:06 to play, prior to the Tribe pulling away. William and Mary rallied with an 11-2 spurt to take a 27-12 advantage on a Kyle Gaillard layup with 6:45 remaining.
The Tribe's Julian Boatner knocked down a three-pointer inside the final minute of the first half for a 43-21 lead at the half.
The Sea Gulls began the second half with a 5-2 stretch with a three-point play and layup by Vann to cut the Tribe lead to 45-27 with 18:53 left. Harwood then hit another three to move Salisbury within 16 at 50-34 with 16:19 to go; it was the closest SU got the rest of the game.
William and Mary scored the next eight points on two threes by Marcus Thornton and a dunk by Tim Rusthoven with just under 10 minutes left, making it 58-34. The Tribe held the Gulls to 15 points the rest of the way.
William and Mary was 55 percent from the field, connecting on 21-of-56 shots, while SU shot 35 percent on 20-of-56 from the floor.
Gaillard and Thornton each recorded 15 points and Matt Rum had 12 points and a game-high nine boards.
The Tribe outrebounded Salisbury, 42-25, and turned 15 SU turnovers into 21 points.
Salisbury is off until Jan. 2 when it travels to Lancaster, Pa., for the Sponaugle New Year Tournament, hosted by Franklin & Marshall College. The Sea Gulls will face Eastern Connecticut State University in the opening round at 6 p.m.