YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team picked up a key Capital Athletic Conference win on Saturday, traveling to No. 7 York College of Pennsylvania, coming out with an 83-75 victory, handing the Spartans' their first home loss of the season.
The Salisbury victory tightened up the playoff race in the CAC, with York still in the top spot, but Salisbury and Christopher Newport University just one game back.
Salisbury (16-7, 12-4 CAC) led by as many as 16 in the game, ahead 45-29 late in the first half, and holding a 45-33 lead at the break thanks to 9-for-17 shooting from outside, including a 4-of-4 effort on three-pointers from Gary Briddell in the opening 20 minutes of play.
York chipped away in the second half, going ahead 69-68 with three minutes left – the Spartans' first lead since 12-10 – but Salisbury answered with a reverse layup from Johnny Fierstein.
Moments later, still ahead by one, with the shot clock dwindling, Fierstein got his defender in the air with a pump fake, and pulled up for three from the top of the key, burying the try, pushing the lead to 75-71 with 1:10 left.
Salisbury sealed the victory at the line, hitting 8-of-10 the rest of the way. Salisbury made 79 percent of its free throws in the second half for the win.
Senior Chad Barcikowski led the offensive effort with 15 points to go with 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Barcikowski was one of six to finish in double figures, along with 14 from Briddell, 13 from Mike Ward, 12 from Fierstein, 11 from James Foley, and 10 from Blair Davis, who also dished out nine assists.
The Sea Gulls will play their final road game of the CAC regular-season slate on Wednesday, February 14 at Wesley College. That game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.