Men's basketball earns six-point win over York in CAC semifinals
The second-seeded Salisbury University men’s basketball team earned a thrilling 86-80 double-overtime victory on Thursday night in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals, defeating York College of Pennsylvania. Sophomore Jack Ferguson scored a career-high 13 points in the win, hitting big buckets throughout the contest. This three-pointer from Justin Witmer was the final field goal for the sea gulls, giving the home team a two-point lead, and they did not trail again in regulation, hitting 8-of-12 free throws down the stretch sending the game to overtime. Witmer scored 16 in his first game back from injury. In the first extra session, Salisbury trailed early after this Wyatt Smith bucket, and the game became tied when Chad Barcikowski picked the pocket of Jared Wagner with less than 30 seconds remaining as Salisbury trailed by two. The ensuing foul sent Ferguson to the line, where he calmly hit both to tie the game. The Sea Gulls had a chance to win it on Barcikowski’s buzzer-beating attempt in the first overtime. Despite getting a good look, and this effort appearing as though it would drop, the try caromed out, sending the game to a second overtime. The Sea Gulls trailed twice in the second overtime, but Gordon Jeter was good for a pair of buckets, he finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Salisbury scored seven of its final nine points from the free-throw line and Jeter’s layup with 16 seconds left was the exclamation point on the victory. Salisbury now heads south for the CAC championship game on Saturday, February 25 at top-seeded Christopher Newport University. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.