BUENA VISTA, Va. – The No. 19 Salisbury University men's basketball team picked up a Capital Athletic Conference victory on Saturday afternoon, holding off Southern Virginia University, 86-84.
The Sea Gulls (13-2, 3-1 CAC) did most of their damage in the opening half of play, opening their lead to 23 points, holding a 46-23 lead at halftime.
Senior Blair Davis scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, while also dishing out five assists in the first 20 minutes of play.
After the game was tied at 9-9, the Sea Gulls scored 10 of the next 11 points to open up a 19-10 lead.
The Knights (4-11, 0-4 CAC) cut their deficit to six, but Salisbury put together a 13-2 run to stretch its lead. Gary Briddell hit a pair of three-pointers and Lucas Martin scored four points during the run. Briddell scored 19 points off the bench, while Martin added 12 in the game.
Davis scored the final five points of the first half to send Salisbury to the locker room with the big lead.
Salisbury grew its lead to 26 in the second half, but the home team stormed back, scoring nine straight points over two minutes to cut the lead to nine points with just under nine minutes to play in the game.
The Knights led twice in the closing minutes, ahead 78-77 with just over a minute left, but Johnny Fierstein converted a three-point play to give Salisbury the lead for good, connecting on free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Salisbury returns to action this Wednesday, January 16, hosting CAC foe York College of Pennsylvania at Maggs Physical Activities Center. That contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.