Men's basketball falls at Mary Washington despite second half rally

Men's basketball falls at Mary Washington despite second half rally

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The No. 19 Salisbury University men's basketball team fell on the road on Wednesday night, 84-70, at Capital Athletic Conference foe the University of Mary Washington.

The Sea Gulls (12-2, 2-1 CAC) faced a deficit of 18 points at halftime, trailing 41-23, but were able to storm back in the second half. Salisbury did not chip away at the lead, it took a huge chunk in just the first four minutes of the second period, beginning the half on a 15-1 run to cut the deficit to four points, 42-38.

Gary Briddell, Mike Ward, and Marquis Roberson each scored five points during the run, with each connecting on a three-pointer in the early-half charge.

After Ward's jumper capped the run, the Eagles (10-4, 2-1 CAC) scored 14 consecutive points to push the lead back to 18 and Salisbury roared back. Three-pointers by Ward and Blair Davis started a spurt that made the score 58-56, but the two points was as close as the Sea Gulls were able to get as the Eagles pulled away in the closing minutes.

Ward led the way for the Sea Gulls, scoring 19 points, while Davis scored 14 to go with four rebounds and four assists. Roberson also tallied 11 points with three assists.

The Sea Gulls are back in action on Saturday, January 12 traveling to Southern Virginia University. That CAC contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.