Gulls duo carries Salisbury past Virginia Wesleyan for second year in a row
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- For the second consecutive season, Salisbury defeated No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan, this time on the road, with a 76-67 victory at the Batten Center on Monday.
The backcourt tandem of senior Travon Vann and junior Tim Harwood tallied 21 points apiece and sophomore guard Chris Viqueira chipped in with 13 off the bench as Salisbury (9-1), won its sixth game in a row.
Vann, who missed the last two games, also recorded four rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Harwood finished with six rebounds, three assists and a steal.
The Sea Gulls shot 44 percent (27-for-61) from the floor, 35 percent from 3-point range (6-of-17) and 84 percent (16-for-19) from the free throw line and never trailed.
Virginia Wesleyan (7-1) closed to within 50-46 with 13:16 to play when Greg Montgomery hit a layup before Salisbury embarked on a 12-7 run during a 5:51 span to retake control. Harwood started it with a 3-point play and SU's first five points in the stretch.
The Marlins' Chris Astorga's layup again cut the Salisbury lead to four at 64-60 with 3:51 left. However, Vann and Harwood put the game away, hitting all 10 of their free throws down the stretch.
Astorga scored a game-high 27 points on 8-for-15 shooting with seven rebounds and one assist to lead Virginia Wesleyan.
Salisbury jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the game's first 2:38, led by four points each from Vann and Epps. Art Crew hit a jumper on an assist from D.J. Woodmere with 15:16 to play in the first half but Elijah Gore found Viqueira, who answered with a 3-pointer on the next trip, for a 13-4 Salisbury advantage.
The lead grew to 10 when Trent Epps dropped a jumper in the paint to make it a 17-7 edge with 12:40 left in the half.
Cameron Owens' three and a jump shot by from Chris Teasley quickly cut the SU lead to 17-12 with 10:47 remaining but Gore knocked down a 3-pointer of his own from Vann to restore a 20-12 lead on the ensuing possession.
A pair of free throws by Colby Heard worked the Salisbury lead to 35-31 with three minutes left in the half although the Gulls carried a 39-34 lead into the break.
The Gulls' six-game winning streak is the program's longest since the start of the 2000-01 season.