Witmer gets 1,000th career point as Sea Gulls top York

Witmer gets 1,000th career point as Sea Gulls top York

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 14 Salisbury University men's basketball team claimed a 77-72 Capital Athletic Conference win against visiting York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

The win came on a day when Salisbury (17-4, 12-2 CAC) senior Justin Witmer joined classmate Gordon Jeter in the 1,000-point club, and junior Terray Quickley scored a career-high 23 points.

Early on it looked like the Spartans might run away with the game, converting from outside on three-straight shots from beyond the arc to open up an 11-0 lead. Matt Scamuffo hit all three of the early triples for the Spartans (13-8, 8-6 CAC).

The York lead held near double figures through the majority of the opening half on the strength of 14 points from Scamuffo, but Salisbury chipped away late.Scamuffo scored a game-high 35 points.

Behind by 12 points with 7:32 left in the first half, Salisbury made a run. Chad Barcikowski buried a three to start the spurt. It was one of four triples from the junior in the first half as he scored 12 points in the opening 20 minutes of play.

Quickley came up with the layup and another three from Barcikowski made the score 30-26 in York's favor after the quick 8-0 run.

The Spartan lead went back to eight points, but Salisbury drew even with an 8-0 run of its own.

Witmer entered the day needing just one point to hit 1,000 for his career, becoming the 32nd player in program history to reach the milestone, and was held scoreless until the 4:20 mark of the opening half. Witmer took a feed in the right corner from Jeter and buried a three to the delight of the more than 700 in attendance.

Witmer's bucket cut the lead to four before a Jeter free throw and a three-pointer from Quickley tied the game.

The Spartans retook the lead on a Scamuffo layup, but Barcikowski connected from outside with a minute and a half left to give Salisbury a 37-36 lead at the break.

The lead changed hands six times in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the last time coming on a pair of Nick Gittings free throws, and Salisbury scurried out to a game-high 14-point lead with a 22-2 run.

Quickley scored five during the run, while Braedon Dorsey hit a pair from beyond the arc and the run was capped with a pair of thunderous dunks. Jeter got out in transition, after picking the pocket of Mike Frauenheim, and put home a two-handed jam. Moments later, Barry Bratten followed Jeter's missed layup, barely letting the ball come off the rim, before he put down that dunk for a 70-56 lead.

The lead would last for Salisbury, but not without the Spartans getting back within three points late in the game. Jared Wagner's tip-in made it 70-67 with 1:23 left but Quickley hit two from the free-throw line for a five-point margin.

The Spartans looked to cut the lead to two with Brad Wesner's three-point try, but Quickley went up for the rebound and grabbed it within traffic of three green jerseys and after five Salisbury free throws down the stretch, the Sea Gulls sealed the win.

Barcikowski had nine rebounds to go with his 17 points and Jeter came up with five steals, four assists, and five boards while scoring seven. Quickley came off the bench for his 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, grabbing six rebounds along the way.

Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, February 8, hosting Penn State University-Harrisburg, in a contest slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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