SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team played its second straight overtime contest, battling Hood College into an extra session on Wednesday night, but could not earn the win, falling to the Blazers, 58-49.
The victory clinched the final berth in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament for Hood (15-10, 7-9 CAC).
The atmosphere inside Maggs Physical Activities Center was that of a playoff game from the opening tip as the game was tied three times in the first seven minutes before Hood pushed ahead to a modest four-point lead.
Three-pointers from freshman Chris Viqueira and sophomore Tim Harwood were part of a 10-0 run that put Salisbury (12-12, 5-10 CAC) up 17-11 with 6:30 left in the opening half. Senior Jason Nwosu and junior Trent Epps each had buckets during the spurt as well.
After the Blazers took a momentary lead, Salisbury closed the opening stanza with a three from senior Mike Atkins, allowing the Gulls to head to the locker room up 24-22.
The game would be tied four times in the second half with neither squad taking control. Salisbury's 30-25 lead six minutes in was the largest second-half lead for either team.
Nwosu's jumper with 1:55 left in regulation gave Salisbury a 45-42 edge before Justin Stone helped Hood get the game to overtime. Stone hit a pair of free throws shortly after Nwosu's basket, cutting the lead to one.
Senior Mike Maczko hit a free throw to push the Sea Gull lead to two before Stone had another chance at the line with six seconds remaining. Stone missed both chances but grabbed the offensive rebound and put the ball back in, sending the game to its extra session.
In overtime, Hood pulled away with a 9-0 run to open things, leading 55-46 with 38 seconds left. Junior Craig Ryan connected on a three-pointer to get the Gulls within six, but they could get no closer.
Maczko and Nwosu led Salisbury's scoring effort with eight points apiece while senior Devin Posey scored seven, pulled in eight rebounds and dished out five assists.
Stone scored 17, to go with 12 rebounds, to lead the Blazers.
Salisbury will close out its season on Saturday, hosting York (Pa.) College. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.