Men’s Basketball Loses Heartbreaker to Salisbury University

Men’s Basketball Loses Heartbreaker to Salisbury University

By Daniel Whitehead   

BUENA VISTA, Va.—A Dominic Milburn jumper at the final buzzer lifted the visiting Salisbury Seagulls to a 72-70 victory over the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.

After a Chris Baker miss with six seconds remaining, the Seagulls rushed down the court to miss a layup as time expired. A shot clock error rewarded Salisbury with the ball deep on their end of the court with one second remaining when Milburn took the inbounds pass, spun around and nailed a 15-footer to win the game.

Milburn finished the game with 16 points on seven baskets to go with two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Tim Harwood led the Seagulls with 20 points going 7-for-11 from the field with four treys.

"We gave a winning effort but came up short today," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "We had a hard time stopping their seniors, Milburn and Harwood, and they continued to make plays despite our focus on them. It's a tough loss to swallow as we needed this win."

A close contest throughout, the game featured four ties, seven lead changes, 24 points in the paint to Salisbury's 22, 25 points off turnovers to the Seagulls' 22, 10 second-chance points apiece and 33 points off the bench to Salisbury's 20.

Salisbury finished the game shooting 43 percent (24-55), while the Knights ended the game at 45 percent (23-51). Southern Virginia also went 17-for-21 (81 percent) from the free-throw line in the close loss.

Junior Chris Baker led the Knights with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including a 4-for-6 mark from three-point range. The Columbia, Md., native also had three boards, three assists and a block. Kenrick Hart scored 11 points off the bench, while freshman Michael Price contributed 10 points for Southern Virginia.

Southern Virginia continues league play in the Capital Athletic Conference with a Monday night rescheduled game at Christopher Newport. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. in Newport News, Va.