DOVER, Del. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team used early runs in each half at Wesley College Wednesday night to claim a 66-52 Capital Athletic Conference win, the team's third straight.
Junior Gordon Jeter got things started with a jumper before senior Adrien Straughn's up-and-under move for the 4-0 lead. The Jeter bucket was the start of 10 points for the Easton, Maryland native, who notched his second-consecutive double-double, with 13 rebounds.
The Wolverines got their only points of the first seven minutes on an Evan Anderson jumper, but senior Kyle Savercool's strong move on the low blocks, led to two points, as the Sea Gulls (11-3, 4-3 CAC) put together a 15-2 run to start the game.
The Sea Gulls, who entered the contest with the No. 2-ranked scoring defense in Division III, averaging the 13th-most steals in the nation, showed it in the first few minutes recording three steals in during the early run.
The second steal of the first half led to a Straughn layup at the other end, to push the Salisbury lead to 11-2 and bringing out the first timeout of the game from the Wolverines (3-11, 1-6 CAC) with just under six minutes gone in the game.
A three-pointer from Wesley's Wayne Lennon from the right corner ended the early-game run for Salisbury, making it 15-5, as the Wolverines began to chip away and get back into the game.
Wesley put together a 13-5 spurt before Straughn knocked down a three-pointer from top of the key – he led the Sea Gulls with 13 points and three steals in the game. But an Anthony Bowers' jumper from 19 feet from the right wing for Wesley tied the game at 23-23, with 3:49 left in the first half.
The Wolverines grabbed a momentary lead before Justin May charged in from the right wing to get a putback on Straughn's three-point miss, allowing the Sea Gulls to take a 26-25 lead into halftime.
The second half got started on the right foot, with Jeter converting a three-point play for a quick four-point lead and moments later, senior Rocky Harris pulled up for three from the right side to make the score 33-27, sparking an 11-1 Salisbury run, which featured a Savercool layup, another Harris triple, and a Justin Witmer layup for the 40-28 lead.
The Sea Gull defense, and consistent scoring in the second half, prevented a Wolverine run in the closing 15 minutes, as the Salisbury lead held near or at double figures for the remainder of the game.
A hook shot from senior Jacoy Gillum with just under 10 minutes to play in the contest made the Sea Gull lead a dozen, 49-37, at the time the largest lead of the half. But things would get better from there for the maroon and gold.
The Salisbury lead peaked at 18 points when Harris scored in transition and Savercool drained a three-pointer from the right corner, in front of the Sea Gull bench, for a 62-44 lead with 4:43 remaining.
Harris scored 12 for Salisbury in the win, while J.W. Lawson led the Wolverines with 19 points in the game.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Saturday, January 16, hosting Southern Virginia University. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 3 p.m.