SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team defeated Route 13 rival Wesley College on Wednesday night, 84-68, to claim its fourth straight Capital Athletic Conference victory.
Four different Salisbury players tallied double-digit scoring performances led by Chad Barcikowski's second double-double of the season. Barcikowski finished the evening with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.
The Sea Gulls (11-5, 7-2 CAC) got off to a quick start, beginning the game on a 17-0 run in the opening five and a half minutes. It was not until the 13:06 mark of the first half that the Wolverines (7-9, 3-6 CAC) found their way onto the scoreboard. Five different players tallied points during the scoring run for the Sea Gulls as the team knocked down 6-of-8 shots from the field including going 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc.
Barcikowski knocked down five of Salisbury's first 10 points embarking on a 5-0 run of his own to help kick start the maroon and gold offense. As a team, the Gulls knocked down four of their first five shots from the field including two three-pointers to take a 10-0 lead in the opening three minutes.
Salisbury finished the first half going 15-of-27 from the field and took a 39-31 lead into the break. Nine different players tallied points in the first 20 minutes for the maroon and gold as Blair Davis led the team with nine.
Wesley, which finished the first half on a 31-18 run, pulled within two in the opening minutes of the second. It was the closest the game had been since it was 3-0 back in first 30 seconds of the game.
Salisbury managed to build its lead back to double digits with just over 10 minutes left to play when Gary Briddell knocked down the third of his five baskets for the night to push the lead to 11.
Briddell and Barcikowski closed all hopes of a comeback pushing the advantage to Salisbury's largest of the game at 22. Briddell knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and Barcikowski turned defense into offense forcing a steal and finishing strong at the rim for a 76-54 lead.
Davis finished his night netting 18 points, going 6-of-12 from the field while Briddell ended the contest with 15 points, shooting 55.6 percent from the field. J.P. Krotulis also finished the night in double figures, totaling 11 points and grabbing four boards.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, January 20 when it takes to the road for its first of two straight road games starting with Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg. Tip-off between the Sea Gulls and Lions is scheduled for 3 p.m.