ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped its second consecutive Capital Athletic Conference contest, losing 59-50 to St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Travon Vann led the Salisbury (12-6, 3-2 CAC) attack with a game-high 17 points. The guard from Frederick, Md., collected a team-high nine rebounds, falling just short of a double-double.
Salisbury never led on the scoreboard. The Gulls came close to knotting the score in the second half, getting as close as two points of the Seahawks' lead but never got over the hump. St. Mary's (16-2, 5-1 CAC) controlled the stat sheet as well as the scoreboard.
The Seahawks held a 35-28 rebound advantage, handed out two more assists than Salisbury (13-11) and committed one less turnover in the ballgame (12-11). The Sea Gulls struggled from the field, shooting 31 percent, while St. Mary's knocked down 47 percent of its field goal attempts.
St. Mary's held a 29-23 advantage going into the break. The Seahawks held an advantage in nearly every statistical category in the first half, outrebounding the Sea Gulls 18-7 in the first 20 minutes of play, including a 7-1 edge in offensive rebounds. The Seahawks led 8-6 in assists and had three more steals than Salisbury. Each team turned the ball over six times in the first half.
St. Mary's never trailed in the first half, with the Sea Gulls tying the score once, at 3-3 off of a layup and made free throw by senior Trent Epps. A 19-9 Seahawks run extended their lead to a high of 10, 22-12 with 7:16 remaining in the first half. Before the end of the half, four points from Epps led an 11-7 run, allowing the Sea Gulls to trim the lead to six to end the half.
After the break, the Sea Gulls were able to trim the St. Mary's lead to two points with 11:51 remaining in the contest, at 38-36, ripping off a 13-9 run with 10 combined points from Vann and sophomore Chris Viqueira. After that point, the Seahawks went on a 19-8 run, giving them a game-high lead of 13 with just over a minute remaining in the contest, before going on to the win.
Epps and Viqueira each had nine points for the Sea Gulls.
Brendan McFall had a team-high 16 points for the Seahawks.
The Sea Gulls are on the road for their next two contests, and return home to the Maggs Physical Activity Center on February 2, hosting York (Pa.) College. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Salisbury's next contest is this coming Wednesday against conference foe Marymount (Va.) College. That game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.