Men's basketball stumbles in home finale

Men's basketball stumbles in home finale

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped its regular season home finale on Wednesday night, falling to the Captains of Christopher Newport University, 91-74.

The Sea Gulls (17-7, 7-6 CAC) jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the opening three minutes behind four points from the team's leading scorer, Blair Davis. Davis would finish the first half with a team-best seven points going 3-of-8 from the field while also dishing out three assists.

Salisbury continued to build its lead when Lucas Martin knocked one of his two made field goals to push the maroon and gold advantage to its largest of the opening half, 11-4.

However, the Captains (21-3, 10-2 CAC) came storming back behind 22 points in the paint and field goal percentage of 51.6 percent. Christopher Newport battled back from multiple possession deficits three times before taking the lead for good with just over seven and a half minutes to play in the opening half.

The visitors pushed their lead to 17, taking a 43-26 advantage into the break.

The maroon and gold got off to another quick start in the second half scoring the first four points as J.P. Krotulis netted back-to-back layups in the opening 50 seconds of the frame cutting the deficit to 13 points, 43-30.

That was as close as the Sea Gulls would get as Christopher Newport built its lead to as many as 28, knocking down 57.7 percent of its attempts in the second half including 10 three-pointers. For the game the Captains hit 53.6 percent of their three-pointers. 

Davis finished the game with a team-best 19 points while Chase Kumor finished with eight points and two rebounds.

The Sea Gulls conclude the regular season on the road at Frostburg State University on Saturday at 3 p.m. The winner of the game will be the No. 4 seed in next week's CAC tournament, and host an opening round game on Tuesday, February 19.

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