SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 12 Salisbury University men's basketball team ran its winning streak to five games with a 77-67 victory against visiting Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon on senior day.
Smith scored the first bucket of the game and was one of four Sea Gulls (19-4, 14-2 CAC) to finish in double figures in the contest, scoring a team-best 17 points while pulling down nine rebounds.
The game remained close in the early minutes, with 10 lead changes and four ties in the opening 11 minutes of play. Neither team could push a lead to more than one possession in the first few minutes with Salisbury getting four early points each from freshmen Nick Gittings and Al Leder.
The Knights (4-19, 2-14 CAC) were ahead 17-14 when Salisbury took control. Braedon Dorsey came up with a steal and scored on a layup on the other end to cut the lead to one point, sparking 15-1 run.
Dorsey got two more at the free-throw line, with 9:33 on the clock for the final lead change of the night and junior Jordan Brooks hit a pair from the stripe moments later for a three-point edge. They were the first of a career-high 16 points for Brooks on the day.
Five different Sea Gulls scored during the run which opened up a 29-18 lead with less than four minutes to play and Salisbury closed the first half on a 12-0 run with three-pointers from junior Chad Barcikowski and Brooks. Barcikowski also set up Brooks for a dunk in transition after a steal and Gittings closed the half with a quick put back from a missed three at the buzzer, for a 43-22 lead at halftime.
Salisbury notched 11 steals in the first half and forced 14 Southern Virginia turnovers which turned into 16 Salisbury points at the other end.
The second half saw Salisbury hold a comfortable lead through the opening 15 minutes, as Brooks notched a three-pointer early in the half and Barcikowski came back with two to push the lead to its largest of the day at 26 points, 52-26, with 17 minutes left in the game.
The Knights chipped away late, cutting their deficit inside double figures for the first time in the half with one minute to play, but could get no closer than eight points.
Barcikowski finished with 11 points in the game while Gittings scored 10 off the bench. The Sea Gulls got great production from their reserves, getting 39 bench points in the game.
The Sea Gulls hit the road for their final two regular season contests, beginning with an 8 p.m., tipoff at St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday, February 15.