Men's basketball improves to 7-0 with win in CAC opener

Men's basketball improves to 7-0 with win in CAC opener

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team earned a win in its first Capital Athletic Conference contest of the season, 96-94, at St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday afternoon.

Five Sea Gulls (7-0, 1-0 CAC) finished in double figures scoring in the game, led by a career-high 26 points from senior Blair Davis.

After a strong start by Salisbury, taking a 17-6 lead less than four minutes into the game, the Seahawks (2-6, 0-1 CAC) battled back to take a lead midway through the first half. It marked the first of 12 lead changes in the game.

The final lead change came on a three-pointer by Gary Briddell with 42 seconds remaining in the contest off a feed from Davis, who had seven assists, matching his career high.

Briddell's bucket gave Salisbury a 92-90 lead and the sophomore scored five of the team's final seven points. The other two closing points came on a pair of free throws by Johnny Fierstein, who scored 11 in the game.

Salisbury was 20-of-25 from the free-throw line in the game, the 80 percent clip is the best showing for the team this season from the charity stripe.

Mike Ward scored 17 points, coming off the bench, while James Foley and Marquis Roberson each scored 10 in the victory.

The Sea Gulls return to action on Wednesday, December 5, traveling to Marymount (Va.) University for a game set to tip at 8 p.m.