BY STEPHEN CHOTT
The Salisbury men’s basketball team turned the ball over 22 times and it cost them in overtime as they lost 66-63 against the Penn State-Harrisburg Lions at home. The Sea Gulls had a nine point lead with 4:30 left in the second half but a 9-0 run by the Lions tied the game and forced overtime.
“When we get up on a team we have to learn how to hold it and know that they’re going to pressure us and try to force mistakes,” senior forward Kyle Savercool said.
In the first half, the Sea Gulls started slow, shooting 25 percent from the three point line but cut the Penn State-Harrisburg lead to only five heading into halftime. Senior guard Rocky Harris hit a three at the buzzer and the Sea Gulls had the momentum heading into the second half.
“We didn’t go inside enough,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Andy Sachs said. “We weren’t able to close them out and made some poor decisions.”
The team shot much better in the second half, shooting 52.9 percent from the field, and 37.5 percent from beyond the arch. Salisbury also made 14-18 from the free throw line throughout the night.
The Sea Gulls couldn’t close out the game though, and let Penn State-Harrisburg storm back and tie the game with less than a minute to go. Sophomore guard Jordan Brooks missed two key free throws with 16 seconds left that could have given the Sea Gulls the lead.
In overtime, junior forward Gordon Jeter scored four points and tied the game with 32 seconds but once again the team went cold over the remainder of the game and couldn’t come away with the victory. Turnovers and missed opportunities made it hard for the Sea Gulls to win the game.
“We have to take care of the ball better,” Jeter said. “They forced more turnovers than us and that can’t happen.”
After a tough in conference loss, the Sea Gulls will travel to Puerto Rico in hopes to turn things around in an out of conference tournament.
“We have to take everything from this game into practice and build off of it,” Jeter said. “Take each step and progress.”
After the tournament, the Sea Gulls will return home on January 2 to open the New Year in conference battle with St. Mary’s.