SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The No. 22 Salisbury University men's basketball team showed no signs of having played just once in the past 20 days, getting back on the court on Saturday afternoon at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tournament, earning an 82-63 victory against the host Springfield College.
Salisbury (10-1) only trailed 3-0 and 4-3 in the contest with a three-pointer from Marquis Roberson tying the game at 3-3 and after a free throw put the Pride (3-7) ahead 4-3, Lucas Martin converted a layup, to account for the final lead change of the game and the Sea Gulls held the lead for the final 38 minutes of the game.
Martin scored 15 in the victory and his bucket sparked a 15-4 run as Salisbury took an 18-8 lead to take control.
A Mike Ward three-pointer capped the early run. Salisbury was good on 56 percent of its shots from outside making 14-of25 tries from beyond the arc. Ward scored a game-high 22 in the victory, going 6-for-7 on three-point tries.
Gary Briddell connected on a three-pointer with 94 seconds left in the first half push the lead to 22 points, and the Sea Gull advantage topped out at 23 early in the second half.
Springfield was able to cut its deficit to eight points late in the game, but Salisbury closed on a 13-2 run to finish off the win.
The Sea Gulls will now play No. 16 Nichols College on Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m. The Bisons topped Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday, 79-73.