FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team closed out the regular season with a 90-83 victory at Frostburg State University on Saturday and with the win secured a home game in the opening round of next week's Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
The Sea Gulls (18-7, 8-6 CAC) stormed out in the opening minutes, scoring the game's first 15 points for a 15-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Lucas Martin scored the first five points, making a layup and three-pointer to start a night in which he finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and a pair of blocks.
Chase Kumor also connected from three-point range during the early run as Salisbury went 8-for-19 from outside in the game.
The Salisbury lead remained in double figures until less than five minutes showed on the clock, when the Bobcats (10-15, 6-8 CAC) were able to get their deficit down to seven points, but layups from Gary Briddell and Martin pushed the edge back to 11 points, 42-31 at the break.
Frostburg chipped away at the lead throughout the second half, getting within two on multiple occasions, but each time the Bobcats made a run Salisbury was able to answer.
After Frostburg cut the lead to two points with just over three minutes to play, it was a pair of offensive rebounds that helped put the game away. With Martin shooting a pair of three throws, ahead 77-75, Martin made the first and missed the second, but Mike Ward was there to grab the offensive rebound and go up quickly for the layup, making it a five-point lead. It was the only two-point field goal Ward made while scoring a team-high 25 points in the game, connecting on all five of this three-point tries and making 8-of-8 free throws.
On Salisbury's next possession, Ward missed a layup, but Martin grabbed the rebound and put it back in to make the lead 82-75 with 1:26 to play and Salisbury held the lead at multiple possessions the rest of the way.
Salisbury will be the No. 4 seed in the CAC tournament, which begins on Tuesday night, hosting Frostburg State, which will be the fifth-seeded team in the field.