SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team hosted rival Christopher Newport University on Wednesday night in a pivotal Capital Athletic Conference showdown. The Captains took an opening 2-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 72-57 victory, handing the Sea Gulls their second consecutive loss.
Christopher Newport (16-4, 10-3 CAC) controlled play over the opening 20 minutes of action, knocking down 6-of-12 shots from beyond the three-point arc. The Captains defense held the maroon and gold in check in the opening half, forcing four turnovers and holding the Sea Gulls (13-7, 9-4 CAC) to just a 32.3 percent clip from the field.
However, Salisbury did fight back in the final minutes of the first half, shutting down the Captains offense over the final 4:50, holding them scoreless from the field and managing to trim the 12-point deficit to just six at the break, 31-25.
Johnny Fierstein led all Salisbury scorers at the half with six points, his total for the game, on a 66.6 percent mark from the field while also pulling down a team-high four rebounds.
The Captains' offense continued to roll in the opening minutes of the second half embarking on a 12-0 run, pushing their lead to 43-25 less than four minutes in. Gary Briddell knocked down Salisbury's first basket from the field in the second half, hitting his first three-pointer of the contest to end the run.
The Sea Gulls were unable to find their offensive stride throughout the final 20 minutes of action as they went a combined 8-of-32 from the field and posted a 33.3 percent mark from beyond the three-point arc.
Blair Davis finished the night as the Sea Gulls leading scorer netting 16 points, tallying eight of those points by way of the free-throw line. Chad Barcikowski was the only other Gull to record a double-digit night, recording ten points and pulling down a team-high five rebounds.
Salisbury concludes its three-game home stand with Frostburg State University on Saturday, February 3. Tip-off between the Sea Gulls and Bobcats is scheduled for 3 p.m.