William & Mary shook off the rust from its exam break layoff and eased past visiting Salisbury 82-49 on Friday.
The Tribe (7-3) hadn't played since knocking off Radford on Dec. 8, but led the Division III Sea Gulls (9-3) 43-22 by halftime and were never threatened after intermission. Twelve different William & Mary players scored, as coach Tony Shaver emptied his bench late in the game.
Kyle Gallard fell just short of his second consecutive double-double, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Tribe. Marcus Thornton also had 15 for William & Mary, and Matt Rum added a dozen.
Trevon Vann led all scorers with 17 for the Sea Gulls. Vann, Trent Epps and Tim Hardwood combined for 42 of Salisbury's 49 points. The ferocious William & Mary perimeter defense held the Sea Gulls to three for 21 from three-point range.
Notes: Shaver is a former head coach at Hampden-Sydney, a Division III program in Virginia. William & Mary have played several Division III programs under Shaver. ... Next up for the Tribe is a game on Dec. 29 at Purdue and then a game Jan. 2 at Vanderbilt. The next home game for William & Mary is Jan. 5 with George Mason in a CAA game.