SALISBURY, Md. – Senior Gordon Jeter notched the 1,000th point of his career as the No. 12 Salisbury University men's basketball team earned a 67-63 victory against the University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
The key Jeter bucket came late in the second half, as the teams were battling for control. The senior scored nine of his 15 points in the closing four minutes of the game, and his move on the low blocks which ended with a layup and his milestone point put the team up by five points, 64-59, with 1:41 remaining.
Jeter's final field goal of the night pushed the Salisbury (15-4, 10-2 CAC) lead to six points with 33 seconds left, and the Sea Gulls held on for their 10th CAC win of the year.
Mary Washington (10-9, 6-6 CAC) grabbed the lead in the early moments of the contest, scoring the first four points of the game. Salisbury worked back with a 7-0 run, thanks to layups from seniors Wyatt Smith and Justin Witmer and a three-pointer from Jeter. The lead change was the first of five in the first half.
The Eagles grew their largest lead to five points, 24-19, on Jamal Newton's layup with five minutes left in the first half, but Salisbury responded with a 15-2 run to close out the first stanza and never trailed again.
Witmer and Smith each had six points in the late stretch which allowed Salisbury to lead 34-26 at the break.
Smith finished with a game-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds, two blocks, and a pair of assists while Witmer notched 10 points and five boards.
Salisbury expanded its lead early in the second half, scoring four points in the first minute, making the lead a dozen – the first double-figure lead for either team.
The Eagles quickly got the lead below 10 points, and put together a 10-0 run, to get the score down to 40-38 with just under 15 minutes left.
Smith put an end to the run, with a hook in the lane. The effort kicked off a counter attack from the Gulls, scoring the next nine points including a layup in traffic from Smith and a pair in transition from Jordan Brooks.
The lead grew near double figures again, and Salisbury maintained a multi-possession lead until Johnny Cronin hit in the paint, cutting the advantage to 52-50, prompting a Salisbury timeout with 6:23 on the clock.
The lead dipped to one point, 54-53, a moment later on Austin Hall's three-pointer on a kick out from the left corner and a pair of Mary Washington free throws tied the contest with 3:35 left.
But from there, Salisbury was able to get two quick buckets from Jeter to push the lead back to two possessions and allowing the senior to hit the milestone, becoming just the 31st player in program history to hit the 1,000-point plateau.
The Sea Gulls take the court again on Wednesday night at Wesley College in another CAC battle. The contest is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m.