Second-half surge not enough for Salisbury at Wesley

Second-half surge not enough for Salisbury at Wesley

DOVER, Del. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team rallied from what had been a 31-point deficit to within eight points of Wesley College on Wednesday night, but could get no closer, falling 84-72.

The Sea Gulls (9-5, 2-4 Capital Athletic Conference) opened the game strong, scoring the first four points on a jumper by senior Devin Posey and a layup by classmate Jason Nwosu, but the Wolverines (6-9, 4-2 CAC) would put together a run over the next 15 minutes to push their lead to 15 points.

Wesley led by 19 at halftime and pushed the lead to 69-38 with 11:46 to play before Salisbury made a run. Sophomore Tim Harwood buried back-to-back three-pointers to spark an 18-2 run cutting the lead to 71-56.

During the spurt Harwood scored 12 points, including another shot from beyond the arc. He finished the game with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from the outside.

Salisbury connected on 43 percent of its three-point attempts in the game, including another by Harwood and one by senior Mike Atkins as the Gulls put together a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 78-70 with 1:55 remaining in the contest.

The Wolverines would push the lead back to double digits, holding off the Gulls.

Atkins finished with 12 points, along with junior Trent Epps, who also grabbed four rebounds.

Five Wolverines finished in double figures led by Darrell Johnson, who finished with 17 points.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to take on York (Pa.) College. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m.

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