SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 15 Salisbury University men's basketball team claimed an 81-65 Capital Athletic Conference victory on Sunday afternoon, topping Frostburg State University.
The Sea Gulls (11-2, 6-0 CAC) came out from the opening tip and stormed ahead by 11 points after less than three minutes of play.
Junior Chad Barcikowski buried a three-pointer from the left wing 58 seconds into the game and then was good for another triple from the right corner on the next possession for a 6-0 lead. After a Frostburg three, senior Justin Witmer got in the act, with a three-point play, hitting a layup and the free throw, then added a three following a field goal from classmate Gordon Jeter.
The hot start made it 14-3 with 17:12 still showing on the clock in the opening half, and marked a start to the big night from all three Sea Gulls. Witmer scored a team-high-tying 18 points, while Barcikowski tallied 16 and Jeter 12.
The Salisbury lead held in double figures through the remainder of the first half, jumping to 16 after another Jeter bucket with 14:09 to play in the period.
The Bobcats (2-11, 1-5 CAC) cut their deficit to 10 points late in the half, but the Sea Gulls put together a late push, with a jumper from Nick Gittings, another three from Witmer and a bucket from Braedon Dorsey to make it 42-26 at the break.
Salisbury controlled play in the first half inside, scoring half of the team's points in the paint while holding an edge in rebounds, 22-19, over the Bobcats.
A Jeter layup in the first minute of the second half pushed the lead to 18 points – the biggest lead of the night.
Frostburg chipped away at the Salisbury lead, cutting the edge to eight with 12:16 left in the contest, but the Sea Gulls held strong and responded with five quick points from Barcikowski on a jumper and a three, as Salisbury was 8-for-17 (47.1 percent shooting) from outside in the game.
Ahead by nine with just under five minutes to play, the Sea Gulls put the game away with an 8-0 run on all free throws.
Gittings capped the game by scoring the team's final six points as he finished with a dozen in the second half and a career-best 18 on the night.
Jeter pulled down 14 rebounds in the win, which is two shy of his career best while freshman Al Leder dished out a career-high six assists.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Wednesday, January 11 as they host Marymount (Va.) University. The CAC tilt is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.