SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 23 Salisbury University men's basketball team looks to begin its run for a third Capital Athletic Conference title hosting the University of Mary Washington in a CAC tournament semifinal game on Thursday, February 25 scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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How we got here
Salisbury earned 20 regular-season wins for the fourth time in program history, winning five-straight games to close out the regular season with a 20-5 record, including a 13-5 mark in the CAC. The regular-season effort was good for the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament.
How they got here
The Eagles went 14-11 in the regular season, with a 10-8 mark in the CAC to earn the No. 3 seed in the CAC tournament. Mary Washington hosted sixth-seeded Wesley College on Tuesday night in a first-round game of the tournament, coming from behind to advance to Thursday's semifinal round. The Wolverines led 77-74 with less than 10 seconds to play, but John Lutkenhaus buried a contested three-pointer from the left wing to tie the game, sending it to overtime. In the extra session, the Eagles took an early four-point lead and never trailed, holding on for the 92-91 win.
Scouting Mary Washington
Mary Washington enters the game with two of the tops scorers in the CAC. Junior guard TJ Jones averages a league-best 17.5 points per game, while sophomore forward Eric Shaw has been good for 16.1 points per game, despite playing in just 14 games this year. The Eagles rank second in the CAC in scoring average, netting 73.8 points per game, while surrendering 70 points per game, which ranks seventh in the conference.
Last season, Salisbury was the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament, and was able to make the run to its second CAC title, winning in the semifinal round against Mary Washington, 59-52, before taking down the fourth-seeded Captains of Christopher Newport University in the title game for the league's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
The winner of Thursday's game will advance to the CAC tournament championship game on Saturday, February 27 against the winner of top-seeded Christopher Newport and fourth-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland. If Christopher Newport wins in their semifinal on Thursday, the Captains will host the title game. If St. Mary's wins the semifinal on Thursday, the Salisbury/Mary Washington winner would host the title game.