Men's basketball grounds Blue Jays

Men's basketball grounds Blue Jays

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury men's basketball team defeated the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins University 74-49 to claim the Optimist Classic Tournament. Three different Sea Gulls tallied double-digit points including a team and game-high 25 points from Chad Barcikowski.

Salisbury (3-0) opened the game on a 15-2 run including an 11-0 run in the first two and a half minutes. The Sea Gulls knocked down three 3-pointers during the scoring run with three different players each tallying one. Gordon Jeter hit his only three of the afternoon while Justin Witmer and Barcikowski knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

The lead for Salisbury only grew from there as the Sea Gulls stretched their advantage to 22-9 with just over seven minutes left in the opening half. Johns Hopkins trimmed the deficit to 11, 24-13, with just over five minutes left in the half but 7-3 run by Salisbury stretched the advantage back to double digits heading into the break. Another Sea Gull 3-pointer, this time from Terray Quickley, sparked the run that was finished off by a Wyatt Smith layup. Salisbury took a comfortable 31-16 lead into the locker room.

The Sea Gulls picked right back up where they left off in the second half never allowing the Blue Jays to get closer than 13 points, 41-28, with just 16 minutes left to play in the second half. Barcikowski converted an and one just to stretch the lead back to 16, 44-28. Witmer would stretch the Salisbury lead even further when he knocked down his second and final 3-pointer of the afternoon to make the score 49-29 with just over 12 minutes left to play.

The Sea Gulls closed out the final seven minutes of the game much like how they started it on a 17-9 run. Five different player would net baskets down the stretch including 3-pointers from both Barcikowski and Smith.

Overall, Jeter would finish the game with 19 points while Witmer was the only other Salisbury player to tally double-digit points netting 12. As a team the Sea Gulls posted an impressive 17-for-27 (.630) from the field in the second half while going 30-for-61 for the game. They were equally as impressive from 3-point range going 6-for-11 in the second half and 11-for-25 (.440) overall. Salisbury forced 16 Hopkins turnovers and grabbed 37 rebounds.

The Sea Gulls return to action on Tuesday night when they hit the road for the first time this season. Salisbury will travel to Virginia Wesleyan College on November 22 for a 7:30 p.m. tip.          

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