FROSTBURG, Md. - The Salisbury University men's basketball team finished the regular season with an 88-66 win against Frostburg State University, Saturday afternoon. With the win, the team secured a first-round home game in the upcoming Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
Freshman Justin Witmer netted a career-high 25 points off the bench to lead the Sea Gull attack. The Rockville, Md., native went 10-for-14 from the floor, including 3-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc.
Frostburg (3-22, 2-15 CAC) jumped out to an 11-5 lead over the first three-plus minutes of the contest. The Bobcats pushed their lead to double digits, 22-12, with 9:50 left in the first half.
Salisbury (14-11, 9-7 CAC) would respond with an 11-0 run over the next 1:31 to take the lead for the first time in the game. Junior Conor Strickland started the run with a three-pointer and capped the spurt as well with two made free throws.
The two teams battled back and forth down the stretch in the first half, with SU taking a 36-31 lead at the break.
The Sea Gulls would pull away in the second half, outscoring Frostburg 52-35 in the second 20 minutes of play. Witmer netted 16 points of his 25 points in the second half.
Following a three-pointer by James Peters, the Bobcats pulled within 11 points, 69-58, with 7:12 remaining. From that point forward, the Sea Gulls would pull away, finishing the contest on a 19-8 run.
Junior Nick Sparacino netted the first basket of his career at Salisbury to cap the scoring for the afternoon.
Senior Dominic Milburn and Strickland joined Witmer in scoring in double digits, with 11 and 10, respectively. Strickland pulled down a team-high six rebounds, while Milburn brought down five.
Freshman Charles Porter added nine points and handed out a career-high six assists.
With its 59-56 win on Saturday against Marymount University, Christopher Newport University will travel to Maggs Physical Activities Center Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Sea Gulls and CNU split the regular season series, with each team winning at home. The teams last played on Feb. 5, with Salisbury taking that contest, 83-58. That contest is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.