Ward scores career-high 29 points as men's basketball suffers first loss of season

Ward scores career-high 29 points as men's basketball suffers first loss of season

GLASSBORO, N.J. – The No. 22 Salisbury University men's basketball team took its first loss of the 2018-19 season, falling at Rowan University on Saturday afternoon, 97-76.

Mike Ward scored a career-high 29 points in the defeat, going 8-of-18 from the floor, including 6-of-11 from beyond the three-point arc, coming off the bench and playing 34 minutes in the contest.

The Sea Gulls (9-1) took an early 8-4 lead on three-pointers from Chase Kumor and Marquis Roberson, along with a layup by Johnny Fierstein, but the advantage was short lived. The Profs (8-3) scored 15 straight points over a four-minute stretch to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Salisbury was able to get its deficit down to one point late in the first half on a pair of Blair Davis free throws, 33-32, but Rowan closed the first period on a run to take a 49-41 lead at the break.

Eight points was the closest the Sea Gulls would be in the final 20 minutes as the program-best nine-game winning streak to start a season came to a close.

Along with Ward's 29 points, Fierstein scored 13 and Gary Briddell finished with 11. Roberson dished out four assists in the contest.

The Sea Gulls return to action next Saturday, December 29 at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tournament in Springfield, Massachusetts. Salisbury will take on host Springfield College on the first day of the two-day event, with the opening tip set for 1 p.m.

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