SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team fell in its first game of 2012, dropping a narrow 66-62 decision to visiting University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, snapping the Sea Gulls' three-game winning streak.
The Sea Gulls (8-4, 1-3 Capital Athletic Conference) opened the game with five points from senior Mike Maczko to take a 5-0 lead, but neither team would lead by much more than five throughout the contest as the Eagles (9-4, 4-0 CAC) earned the largest lead of the night at just nine points, 49-40, with 13 minutes remaining in the game.
Salisbury's biggest advantage of the night came with 11:19 to play in the first half; after Mike Atkins buried one of his two three-pointers on the night, Maczko got himself to the free throw line to push the Sea Gull lead to 15-9.
The teams traded baskets before Mary Washington put together a 9-0 run over three minutes to take its first lead of the game, leading 28-22 with less than four minutes to play in the first half. The Sea Gulls would strike back as Atkins hit a layup with 2:49 showing on the clock, sparking a 10-0 Salisbury run to close the first half.
After seniors Jason Nwosu and Lee Righter and junior Craig Ryan each scored a pair, Atkins closed the half with another jumper to give the Gulls a 34-30 lead at the break. Atkins scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the first half.
The Eagles grabbed the lead just three minutes into the second period and stretched the lead to nine before the Gulls made another run. Salisbury got the lead down to one point on two occasions the rest of the way, but could not even things up.
Atkins had a pair of assists to go with his 16 points while Maczko scored a dozen.
Mary Washington was led by Bradley Riester, who scored a game-high 18 points.
Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday, as the Sea Gulls host Frostburg State University at Maggs Physical Activities Center, beginning at 3 p.m.