Men's basketball's stellar shooting night leads Sea Gulls to 82-56 win at Harrisburg

Men's basketball's stellar shooting night leads Sea Gulls to 82-56 win at Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team had one of its best shooting nights in program history on Monday night, shooting better than 63 percent from three-point land in an 82-56 Capital Athletic Conference win at Penn State University-Harrisburg.

The Sea Gulls connected on 14-of-22 tries from long range, with the 63.6 percent shooting from outside, the program's best since a 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) night against Hampden-Sydney College on December 9, 2009.

The Sea Gulls also hit from inside the arc, making 13-of-20 two-point tries for a total field-goal percentage of 64.3 percent, just short of the program record of 68.9 percent made against St. Mary's College of Maryland during the 1979-80 season.

Seven different Sea Gulls, including all five starters, connected on a three-pointer in the game, with two of the three-point makes coming in the game's opening 10-0 run for Salisbury.

After a layup from Justin Witmer, following the opening tip, and senior Adrien Straughn's layup, Witmer and senior Kyle Savercool each connected from outside, with the 10-point run taking just three and half minutes off the clock.

The lead grew to 17, with two more threes for Witmer and one for Jeter, pushing the Sea Gulls (15-4, 8-4 CAC) up 24-7 eight minutes into the contest.

Salisbury entered the night forcing 18.6 turnovers per game by its opponents. While the Lions (10-9, 5-7 CAC) turned the ball over just six times in the opening 20 minutes of play, the Sea Gulls turned those miscues into 10 first-half points, including a Jeter dunk following one of Straughn's game-high five steals, keeping the lead near 20 points.

The Sea Gulls reached the 20-point lead mark just before the end of the half with Straughn converting on a three-point play after being fouled on a layup with nine seconds left.

Straughn had eight points at the break, while Witmer led all scorers with 13 at halftime.

Savercool and Witmer opened the second half with each hitting a three, and the Sea Gull lead ballooned to its largest of the night at 31 with just over 12 minutes showing on the clock.

The Salisbury lead never dipped below 20 points in the second half, as the Sea Gulls had nine scorers in the second period with freshman Chase Kumor scoring a career-high five points in the closing 20 minutes.

Straughn scored nine points in the second half to lead all scorers on the night with 17 total points to go with four assists. Witmer finished with 16 points in the game and Savercool added 13.

The Sea Gulls, currently second in the CAC standings, return home on Wednesday night, February 3, to host the team sitting at the top of the standings, Christopher Newport University. Wednesday's contest is slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m.

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