Second half outburst leads Salisbury past St. Mary's in CAC play

Second half outburst leads Salisbury past St. Mary's in CAC play

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team took to the road to complete the season series with St. Mary's College of Maryland defeating the Seahawks 69-46.

It was a tale of two halves for the Sea Gulls (15-7, 11-4 CAC) as they were shut down in the early stages of the first half but had an offensive outburst outscoring the Seahawks (3-19, 2-13 CAC) 42-26 in the final frame en route to the conference victory.

Chad Barcikowski, who finished the game with a team-high 15 points, netted all of his points in the second half action on a 60 percent performance from the field including a 3-of-5 mark from beyond the three-point arc.  

Salisbury struggled in the early stages of the first half totaling only four points at the halfway mark of the opening frame. However, a 23-12 run by Salisbury in the final 10 minutes helped push the maroon and gold out to a 27-20 halftime lead that it would not relinquish.

During the final half of play the Sea Gulls posted a 58.6 percent mark from the field while knocking down 4-of-8 three-pointers to pull away for the win. 10 different members of the maroon and gold tallied points in the half including five from Mike Ward, who finished the night as the second leading scorer for Salisbury with 10 points.    

Defense also played a major role for the Gulls in the victory as it forced 27 St. Mary's turnovers in the contest. The maroon and gold also recorded 17 steals and five blocked shots overall.  

Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, February 10 when it travels to York College of Pennsylvania. Tip-off between the Sea Gulls and Spartans is scheduled for 3 p.m.  

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