Sea Gulls Scrooge Shoremen, 68-57
Finch Rejects Career-High Four Shots and DeBoy Nets Personal-Best Four Steals
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting Salisbury University outscored Washington, 28-11, in the final 10:38 to turn a 46-40 deficit into a 68-57 victory on Tuesday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center in non-conference men's basketball action. The Sea Gulls improve to 8-3 overall with the victory, while the Shoremen drop to 5-5 with the loss.
Washington took a 46-40 lead with 10:38 remaining in the game on a layup by freshman guard John Weston (Atlanta, GA/Bolles School (FL) on a pass from sophomore forward Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape). Salisbury began its game closing 28-11 run on a traditional three-point play by Lee Righter to cut the lead to 46-43 with 9:22 left in the second half. A three-pointer by Tim Harwood 59 seconds later would tie the game at 46-46. The Sea Gulls would take the lead for good with 6:47 left in the contest at 48-46 when Chris Viqueria sank two free throws. Salisbury would score five of the next seven points to lead 53-48 with 4:31 remaining on a Jason Nwosu layup. Washington would cut the Salisbury lead to 53-51 with 3:47 left on a transition three-pointer by senior guard Kevin Breslin (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti). On the next possession, Harwood was fouled and canned both from the charity stripe to make it 55-51 and a pair of Shoremen misses, Dylan Robeson nailed a three-pointer with 2:10 remaining to make it 58-51. The Shoremen would get it within four points at 61-57 with 1:17 left on a pair of free throws from Breslin, but would draw no closer. The visitors scored the final seven points of the game from the foul line to provide the final margin.
In the first half, Salisbury raced out to a 15-7 lead on a Nwosu layup with 13:47 left in the half, before Washington went on a 23-8 run to take a 30-23 lead with 3:34 to go in the half. A jumper by senior forward Chris Olsen (Ellicott City, MD/Mount St. Joseph) knotted the game at 17-17 with 8:08 left in the half and a three-pointer by Cunningham put the Shoremen up 20-19 with 7:12 to go in first. The run was capped on a jumper in the paint by Breslin with 3:34 left in the first. The seven-point lead was the hosts' biggest lead of the game. Salisbury would score six of the final eight points of the half to trim the WC lead to 32-29 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Sea Gulls scored seven of the first nine points to grab a 36-34 lead with 17:28 left on a fast-break layup by Viqueira. The Shoremen countered with a 12-4 run of their own over the next 6:50 to take a 46-40 lead with 10:38 to go in the contest on a Weston lay-in.
Mike Maczko had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, both game-highs for Salisbury. Devin Posey just missed a double-double with 10 points and game-best nine assists. Harwood added 14 points and made 4-of-5 from three-point land. Salisbury shot 45% from the floor, 38% from three-point range and 67% from the foul line (20-for-30). The Sea Gulls held a 40-32 edge on the boards.
Breslin had a team-high 12 points, while Cunningham added 11 points. Senior forward Adam Naymick (Hanover, PA/Delone Catholic) added 10 points off the bench. Senior center Max Finch (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) had a career-best four blocked shots to lead all players, while senior guard Mark DeBoy (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) totaled four steals, which was high for the game and his career. DeBoy also handed out four assists to lead WC. The Shoremen 31% from the floor, 21% from behind the arc and 83% from the free throw line (20-for-24).
The Sea Gulls outscored the Shoremen in points in the paint (28-19), while the Shoremen outscored the Sea Gulls in points off turnovers (23-14), fast-break points (7-6) and bench points (18-15). Both teams each scored five second chance points. Salisbury coughed up the ball 20 times, while Washington committed 16 turnovers.
The Shoremen return to action on December 29 in Thousand Oaks, CA against host Cal Lutheran at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time/6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time in the first round of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Tournament. Also participating in the tournament are Carthage and Geneva.