SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team notched its second-straight 20-win season with an 84-61 victory against Capital Athletic Conference-foe Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon. It marks just the second time in program history, and first time since the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, that the program has had back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Nine different Sea Gulls (20-5, 13-5 CAC), led by sophomore forward Chad Barcikowski, scored points in a strong first-half effort. Barcikowski netted nine points and pulled down six rebounds in the first 30 minutes; he finished the day with a career-high-tying 13 points.
The Bobcats grabbed an early 6-3 lead, but four Salisbury free throws gave the Sea Gulls the lead and Barcikowski drained three-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor to open up a seven-point advantage.
Salisbury was 6-of-12 from beyond the three-point line in the opening half, including three from Barcikowski and two from junior Justin Witmer.
A 13-2 run to close out the first half allowed the Sea Gulls to take a 39-21 lead into the break. Senior Justin May had four points in the run while Barcikowski and senior Adrien Straughn each hit from outside.
Salisbury would only tack onto that 18-point margin as the minutes ticked off the clock in the second half. Freshman forward Jack Ferguson became the 10th Sea Gull to score with just 45 seconds left, knocking down a pair of free throws to cap scoring for the day.
The second half was noticeably more physical and intense, but the Gulls maintained their composure to emerge with the 23-point victory.
Senior guard Rocky Harris scored a team-high 19 points for Salisbury. Five Sea Gulls – Harris, Barcikowski, Straughn, Witmer, and junior forward Gordon Jeter – scored double-digits in the balanced effort. Jeter was just short of a double-double scoring 12 points and pulling in nine rebounds.
The Bobcats (7-18, 5-13 CAC) were led by Nick Smoot with 15 points and six rebounds.
The group will have at least one more chance at home, as the Sea Gulls have locked up the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament, and will host a semifinal game at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Thursday, February 25. The time and opponent have yet to be determined; check www.suseagulls.com for updates as they become available.