CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Salisbury University men's basketball team, hoping to earn back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 2000-01 season, got started off on the right foot with a season-opening 86-73 win Friday night against Washington College.
Senior Tim Harwood, the team's leading returning scorer, netted a team-high 18 points to lead the Sea Gull attack. The Rockville, Md., native was 5-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc. Harwood added five points from the charity stripe on six attempts.
Salisbury (1-0) had a rough start, with the Shoremen scoring the first seven points of the game, over a 3:37 stretch. Washington (0-1) found itself up by as many as 11 points in the first half, with 9:11 and 8:16 left in the first half. The Sea Gulls clawed back and Harwood gave the Sea Gulls their first lead with a three-pointer with two seconds remaining in the first half for a 39-37 advantage at the half.
The Sea Gulls were selective with their shots in the first half, hitting 14-of-26 shots from the field for a 53.8 shot percentage in the first 20 minutes of play, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. For the contest, Salisbury was an even 50 percent from the field, 26-for-52, while connecting on 5-of-10 for three.
The two teams played back and forth basketball to open the second half, with the final tie of the contest coming with 10:46 remaining with the score at 56 a side. Seven seconds later, freshman Gordon Jeter hit two free throws to give the Sea Gulls the lead for good.
Jeter scored 14 points in his collegiate debut and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. The Easton, Md., native rewarded Head Coach Josh Merkel's decision to start him, providing solid play over 20 minutes of action.
Sophomore Luke Ruland came off the bench and put home 13 points in 16 minutes of play. Classmate Kyle Savercool provided solid bench play, scoring 10 points and grabbing a pair of rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
Senior Dominic Milburn netted eight points in his debut in maroon and gold and dished out a team-high four assists in 12 minutes of play.
Salisbury opens its home schedule this Tuesday, Nov. 19, with No. 25 Virginia Wesleyan College coming to the Maggs Physical Activities Center. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.