YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped a Capital Athletic Conference decision, 71-63, at York (Pa.) College on Saturday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls and Spartans traded the lead 10 times in the first half as Salisbury took an early 4-2 lead on layups by seniors Mike Maczko and Jason Nwosu. Despite leading at five different times in the first half, Salisbury (9-6, 2-5 CAC) never led by more than two points.
York used a 12-7 run over the final six minutes of the first half to head to the locker room with a 30-26 lead. The Spartans (9-7, 4-3 CAC) took advantage of 15 trips to the free throw line in the first half, connecting on 11 tries while Salisbury attempted just three free throws in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Spartan lead grew to 14 points in the first four minutes of the second half before back-to-back layups from Nwosu slowed the York run. Nwosu finished with 14 points as Salisbury would score 22 points from non-starters.
York's lead topped out at 19 points before the Gulls began to chip away. A three-pointer from sophomore Tim Harwood, who scored 17 points in the game, began an 8-2 run that cut the lead back to 13.
Salisbury shot a season-best 57 percent (8-of-14) on three-point attempts, including a late three from Maczko, who scored nine of Salisbury's final 14 points as the Gulls made a closing push. Maczko finished with a team-best 18 points in the game to go with 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The Sea Gulls got the lead down to six in the closing minute, but could get no closer.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Wednesday night as they host St. Mary's (Md.) College at Maggs Physical Activities Center. The game is schedule to tip-off at 8 p.m.