SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team hosted Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon, coming up with a late flurry of points to earn an 84-75 Capital Athletic Conference victory.
Neither team was able to establish of lead of double figures until the closing moments of the game, as the contest featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes, with the late push by Salisbury (17-6, 7-5 CAC) sealing the victory.
The contest was tied with just under four minutes to play when Salisbury used a pair of Johnny Fierstein free throws and a three-pointer from Gary Briddell to open up a 76-71 lead. The five-point lead was Salisbury's largest since the midway point of the second half.
After a Southern Virginia basket by Tyler McCreadie, Salisbury was a beneficiary of unusual play. Briddell's shoe came loose as the Knights (4-19, 0-12 CAC) charged up the court. As Briddell scrambled to get his shoe on, Lucas Martin came up with a steal, allowing Briddell to take a pass in the front court, charging to the basket for a layup and a foul by Kellen Winslow with 1:09 left in the game.
After the basket, a technical foul was charged to Winslow, and two to Southern Virginia Head Coach Craig Winslow. Mike Ward made the four technical foul free throws, and Briddell converted the three-point play for a seven-point trip down the floor, putting the Sea Gulls ahead 83-73.
Salisbury held a narrow rebounding edge in the game, but held a large advantage in hitting the offensive glass, pulling down 23 offensive rebounds in the game, leading to 23 second-chance points. Briddell pulled in eight rebounds in the game, seven of which were on the offensive end, while scoring 12 points. Martin scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down five offensive rebounds.
Blair Davis scored 16 for the Sea Gulls, dishing out a career-high eight assists and picking up a pair of steals. Salisbury had 10 steals in the game, as the Knights turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 30 of the Sea Gulls' points.
Salisbury will play its final regular season home game on Wednesday, February 13 when it hosts No. 16 Christopher Newport University, in a contest slated to tip at 7:30 p.m.