SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 12 Salisbury University men's basketball team earned an 83-67 victory against visiting Penn State University-Harrisburg on Wednesday night at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
The Sea Gulls (18-4, 13-2 CAC) found themselves down early despite a pair of buckets from Terray Quickley. Trailing 8-4, it was a trio of three-pointers that got the Gulls back within a possession. The first two triples came from freshman Al Leder on the right wing, before Quickley added another from the top of the key, pulling the Gulls back to within 15-13.
Leder and Quickley led Salisbury in scoring in the game. Leder finished with 16 points – just two off his career high – while Quickley put up 18 points along with 10 rebounds for his first double-double in maroon and gold.
Salisbury tied the game after a defensive stop and a Nick Gittings bucket, and the lead came to the home team with 11:35 to play in the opening half when junior Chad Barcikowski came up with a steal near the top of the key, and wrapped a pass around a Harrisburg defender to a streaking Leder for a layup and foul. Leder converted the three-point play for an 18-15 advantage.
It was defense that led the way for Salisbury in the early minutes, creating eight first-half points off seven Harrisburg turnovers.
The Lions (9-13, 6-9 CAC) kept the game close before Salisbury put together an 8-2 run, capped by a Barcikowski three-pointer from the left wing, off his own offensive rebound to keep the possession alive. The triple made it 33-24 with less than four minutes to play and Salisbury took a 36-28 lead into the locker room.
Salisbury was strong out of the break, with an early steal from Quickley and at the other end Leder found Barcikowski for a three from the right wing. It was the beginning of a 9-5 run for the Gulls to kick off the second period.
Smith earned a three-point play to make it 42-30 just two minutes into the half.
Smith scored a game-high 19 and pulled in 11 rebounds while blocking three shots.
The lead held in low double figures until a second-chance three-pointer from Jazmon Harris cut the Salisbury lead to 58-51, prompting a Salisbury timeout with under nine minutes to play. The Harris bucket was part of an 10-1 spurt, which cut the lead down to five, but it was as close as the Lions would get.
Leder hit a jumper and Barcikowski got another three, which swirled around the rim before dropping, for a 63-55 lead with 6:55 left and the Sea Gulls were never truly threatened the rest of the night.
Barcikowski scored 11 in the game as four Sea Gulls finished in double figures. Gittings offered a spark inside off the bench, scoring nine points and adding five boards.
The Sea Gulls are back in action on Saturday, February 11 hosting Southern Virginia University. The team will celebrate senior day prior to the start of the contest, which is slated for 3 p.m.