YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball program traveled to York, Pennsylvania for a Capital Athletic Conference Semifinal showdown, falling to the No. 2 seed York College of Pennsylvania, 75-59. The Spartans led start to finish, using two big scoring runs to open each half to cruise to the victory.
Salisbury (18-9) struggled to keep pace with York early in the contest as the Spartans (22-4) opened up a 17-6 advantage less than five minutes in. York used a 12-0 run to open the first half of action before the Sea Gulls found their way onto the scoreboard.
Lucas Martin helped the Salisbury offense find its rhythm, netting 12 of his 14 total points in the first half. Martin was the only member of the maroon and gold who tallied double-digit points at the break, posting a 6-of-8 mark from the field, while also pulling down a team-high in rebounds with four. Meanwhile, Johnny Fierstein was the second leading scorer for the Gulls, netting five points.
York, which started its night hitting 64.7 percent of its shots, including 5-of-8 from three-point range in the opening 13 minutes of the game, cooled off before heading into the locker room in shooting just a 42.9 percent clip from the field. However, the Spartans still took a 37-27 lead into the break behind 12 points off Salisbury's seven first half turnovers.
The Spartans continued their offensive success in the second half opening the final frame on a 19-5 run to build their biggest lead of the game at 23. In the first seven minutes of the second half York knocked down 4-of-5 three-pointers and shot over 60 percent from the field.
Salisbury was unable to find any offensive rhythm in the second half, knocking down only one of its first 10 attempts from the field. The Sea Gulls finished the half just 10-of-29 from the field, but did post 40.0 percent from three-point range.
Fierstein finished his night with eight points going 3-of-5 from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and pulling down three rebounds.