January 30, 2013

Salisbury falls to Mary Washington in men’s basketball, 74-49

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Seniors Travon Vann and Elijah Gore scored 10 points apiece for the Salisbury University men's basketball team, but the University of Mary Washington claimed a 74-49 Capital Athletic Conference decision at the Anderson Center on Wednesday.

Vann added four rebounds and one assist and Gore had one board and one assist for Salisbury (13-7, 4-3 CAC).

The Eagles shot 59 percent (23-for-39) from the floor and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from three-point range for the game to split the season series with the Sea Gulls; Salisbury defeated UMW, 79-73, at home on Jan. 12.

Dylan Robeson opened the game with a three-pointer from the top of the key, but Mary Washington (9-10, 3-4) took the lead for good when Sean Armstrong made a layup off a Dom Morra assist for a 9-8 lead with 16:23 left.

The Eagles scored the next seven points, capped by an Antonio Ortega bucket at the 13:59 mark for a 16-8 advantage. Gore responded with five points in a 7-2 Salisbury run to get the Sea Gulls within three at 18-15 with 12:08 before the half. The Eagles, though, pushed the lead to 27-19 when Armstrong stole the ball from Tim Harwood and fed Willis for a dunk at the 7:58 mark, forcing an SU timeout.

Marcellus Holley hit a three-pointer with 23 seconds remaining in the half to send Mary Washington to the locker room up, 39-25.

Harwood cut the deficit to 39-28, 1:28 into the second half with a three-pointer, but that was as close as the Gulls came as the Eagles scored the next 10 points. Bradley Reister finished off the run with a four-point play, making it a 49-28 game when he was fouled on a three with 15:42 play.

The Eagles took their largest lead of the night on an Armstrong three to make it 67-35 with 5:54 left and cruised the rest of the way.

Salisbury won the battle of the boards, 27-17, but was outscored in the paint 24-10 and 22-6 off turnovers.

The Sea Gulls shot 17-of-40 (42.5 percent) from the floor and 9-for-25 (36 percent) from downtown.

Mary Washington placed four players in double figures, led by 15 points by Reister. Armstrong chipped in 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Salisbury returns home to face York (Pa.) College Saturday at 4 p.m.

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