Late push by York sinks men's basketball, 78-74

Late push by York sinks men's basketball, 78-74

YORK, Pa. – The No. 12 Salisbury University men's basketball team traveled to York College of Pennsylvania and fell to the Spartans, 78-74 in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon.

Less than five minutes into the contest, Gordon Jeter had already amassed the Gulls (12-3, 7-1 CAC) first six points before a Chad Barcikowski jumper from the elbow at 14:18 to go brought the score to 8-5. From there, Justin Witmer went on a 5-0 run of his own with a three and a layup, and when York (10-5, 5-3 CAC) answered with a three, Witmer came right back down and hit another from beyond-the-arc. Up 16-8, Salisbury then got a three-point play from Nick Gittings to make it 19-8, but York came storming back.

Jeter would end the day with 11 points and a team-high four assists.

Going on a 9-0, York got within two points at 19-17. As Salisbury broke the run with a pair of Jordan Brooks free throws, the Spartans went back down the court and hit a three pointer from well beyond the arc to bring them within one point at 21-20.

Salisbury was able to push back after the York run as it outscored the Spartans 17-11 the rest of the half with its lead getting as high as nine points in the final minute before York was able to hit a late layup.

Up 38-31 at the break, Witmer had a game-high 10 points, while Barcikowski was close behind with seven. Witmer was tied for the team lead with 16 points at game's end.

Salisbury got the first five points of the second half via the first points for the day from Wyatt Smith and a three from Al Leder to bring the score to 43-31. York cut the lead to seven but Leder knocked down another three at 16:17.

Leder ended the game tied with Witmer with a team-high 16 points, while Smith connected for 10 second-half points.

From there the team's traded buckets with the Salisbury lead not getting higher than 12 or lower than seven until Brad Wesner's sixth three pointer of the game at 8:02 left brought York within five at 57-52.

York was able to get the Sea Gull lead to down one point, 68-67 with three minutes to play but Salisbury responded with a pair of free throws from Witmer and a tough Leder layup as he cut to the hoop from the baseline and finished under pressure to make the score 72-67 with 2:11 to go.

York went on to answer the Gulls as it sandwiched three pointers around a Smith layup to make it 74-73 in favor of Salisbury with under a minute to play. From there, York regained possession and took its first lead of the game with just 35 seconds to play as it got a three-point play, bringing the score to 76-74.

Salisbury went on to miss a three pointer and foul a York player on the rebound, who went on to hit both shots in the double bonus to make it 78-74 with 11 seconds to play that would stand as the last points of the game.

Salisbury will play next on Wednesday, January 18 with a home contest against Wesley College at 7:30 p.m.

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