SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team got back to its winning ways as it picked up a pivotal Capital Athletic Conference victory over visiting Frostburg State University, 77-70.
The Sea Gulls (14-7, 10-4 CAC) outlasted the Bobcats in an exciting second half en route to capturing the season sweep. The maroon and gold knocked down seven free throws in the final minute and a half to earn the win.
Salisbury came out firing on all cylinders from beyond the three-point arc in the opening 10 minutes of the game knocking down 5-of-8 long balls. Blair Davis and Jack Ferguson combined on 4-of-8 three-pointers, posted a 58.3 percent mark form the field, and netted eight and 10 points, respectively, to lead the team heading into the locker room.
However, Frostburg St. (10, 8-6 CAC) was equally as impressive in the first half connecting on 53.8 percent of its three-pointers. The Bobcats managed to close a 12-point gap to just five in the final seven minutes of the half and used a buzzer-beating three-pointer as time expired to cut the Sea Gulls' lead to 41-37 heading into the locker room.
The maroon and gold needed a strong display of defense in the final five minutes of action to hold on for the win. On three separate occasions Frostburg St. pulled within six points or less and with 26.5 seconds left to play had cut the deficit to just four, 72-68. Johnny Fierstein knocked down three free throws in the final seconds to aid in the victory.
James Foley finished the game with a team-high 17 points, netting 12 of them in the final half of action. Davis completed his night with 16 points on a 60 percent performance form the field including a 2-of-4 mark from behind the arc.
Chad Barcikowski, Ferguson, and Fierstein all tallied double-digit afternoons as well, totaling 12 points each.
Salisbury now embarks on a three-game road trip, starting at St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday, February 7. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.