Sea Gulls mount second-half comeback at Marymount, win 73-59

Sea Gulls mount second-half comeback at Marymount, win 73-59

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team put together a strong second half to win at Marymount (Va.) University on Wednesday night, 73-59.

Senior Justin May led the second-half charge, scoring 15 points after halftime, while classmate Rocky Harris scored a team-high 23 points in the game.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the early moments of the game, with Salisbury (19-5, 12-5 Capital Athletic Conference) grabbing a five-point cushion, 11-6, on Harris' first three-point make of the night. But the five-point lead was all Salisbury could manage in the first 20 minutes.

A 10-0 run from the Saints (10-14, 7-10 CAC) gave the home team a 16-11 lead. Salisbury was able to tie the game at 16-16 after senior Jacoy Gillum's tip-in and sophomore Chad Barcikowski's three-pointer at the midway point of the half.

It was one of five three-pointers by the Sea Gulls in the first half, as the Gulls shot nearly 37 percent from outside in the contest.

The game was tied once more in the first half and Salisbury did not lead again until the second period, trailing 38-31 at the break. Harris scored 15 points in the first half, including 4-of-7 from three-point land.

The start of the second half featured just three points in the first four and a half minutes, those coming off another Harris three as Barcikowski added a lay-up to cut the lead to 38-36 with 15:30 left in the game.

A pair of Marymount baskets made it 42-36 before a 15-3 run in Salisbury's favor gave the Sea Gulls the lead for good, going ahead 51-45.

Barcikowski was good for a pair of threes during the run, as he finished the night with a career-high 13 points including a 3-of-6 performance from outside. He also pulled down a team-best five rebounds.

Five points from May and a lay-up from junior Gordon Jeter capped the run before the Saints used a timeout to slow the momentum.

The lead was cut to three points on a D'Ondre Stockman field goal, but Jeter sparked another Salisbury run, this time 21-7, covering seven minutes, to put the game away.

May hit a pair of threes in the closing run, attempting just nine field goals to accumulate his 17 points in the game. He also dished out a team-high four assists in the contest.

While the rebounding numbers were nearly even between the teams, half of Salisbury's 32 rebounds came on the offensive end, leading to 14 second-chance points. Salisbury also turned Marymount's 17 turnovers into 24 points on the night.

The Sea Gulls close out the regular season on Saturday, February 20 hosting Frostburg State University at Maggs Physical Activities Center. The contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, the program will celebrate its six seniors who will be playing in their final regular-season home game.

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