Sea Gulls hold off Penn State Harrisburg for first CAC victory

Sea Gulls hold off Penn State Harrisburg for first CAC victory

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team hosted Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup. The Sea Gulls defeated the visiting Lions by the final score of 76-60 with the help of Braedon Dorsey's 16 second half points.

The maroon and gold raced out to an early 8-2 lead behind two three-pointers from senior guard Chad Barcikowski. Chase Kumor joined in on the early three-point barrage knocking down his first, the team's third, of the contest to push the Salisbury lead to six, 11-5.

Holding a slim 13-7 lead Gary Briddell drove baseline drawing contact at the rim to earn a pair of free throws with just over 13 minutes left in the first half. Briddell knocked down both to give the Gulls (3-2, 1-1 CAC) their largest lead to that point at eight.

After Penn State Harrisburg (4-2, 1-3 CAC) pulled back within eight, 17-9, Al Leder went coast to coast to push the lead back to eight. Leder drove hard down the right side of the lane finishing strong at the hoop for his first points of the contest.

Leder continued to make his presence felt turning defense into offense at the half way mark of the first half. Leder forced a turnover at midcourt and weaved his way through the trailing Penn State Harrisburg players finishing with a layup for a 19-12 lead.

Lucas Martin netted his first points of the contest pushing Salisbury's lead to nine. After breaking a full-court press Blair Davis found Martin all alone on the left side of the lane, who finished off the pass uncontested with an easy lay in. Jack Ferguson added to the lead building with his first points of the contest off a layup to bring the score to 23-12.

Back-to-back three-pointers by the Lions trimmed the deficit to just seven but Ferguson answered the bell again knocking down his second basket of the game to bring the lead back to nine.

Briddell made his offensive presence felt on back-to-back possessions hitting two shots in a span of six seconds with under four minutes left to play in the opening half. First Briddell knocked down a jump shot for a 29-19 lead before turning defense into offense, forcing a steal and taking it himself to the basket for a layup to give Salisbury its largest lead of the day at 12.

A 6-1 run by the maroon and gold ended the first half giving it a 35-20 lead at the break. At the half Salisbury had shot 13-of-33 (39.4 percent) from the field while Penn State Harrisburg was 21.4 percent. The Lions did hold a slight edge in rebounds over the Gulls at 22-18.

Salisbury opened the second half behind another barrage of three-pointers with Kumor hitting two and Dorsey hitting his first of the contest. The 9-5 run by the Gulls helped push the advantage to 44-25. Dorsey continued to keep the Gulls on the attack finishing strong after contact before Barcikowski got back in the mix with his third three of the contest to build the lead to 49-27.

After being held scoreless in the first half, Dorsey continued his offensive prowess knocking down two straight baskets within 24 seconds of each other to help push the maroon and gold's advantage to 53-30.

Barcikowski broke a six-minute scoring drought by Salisbury and ended an 8-0 Lions run knocking down his fourth three-pointer of the contest bringing the score to 56-38. Davis added to the lead one possession later with his fourth basket of the game and converted the ensuing free-throw to complete the three-point play.

Dorsey put an end to another scoring drought and run by the Lions knocking down his second three-pointer of the contest with just over four minutes left to play. Dorsey's three pushed the Salisbury lead to 64-46.

An 8-2 Penn State Harrisburg run trimmed the Sea Gulls' lead to 66-54 with under two-minutes left to play. Lion guard Tariq Bennett hit back-to-back three-pointers to aid in the run and pull Penn State Harrisburg within striking distance.

However, Salisbury was able to hold on for the win behind five free throws from Barcikowski and two from freshman Johnny Fierstein to help in bringing the score final, 76-60.

Barcikowski ended the day as the Gulls leading scorer, netting 19 points including hitting 4-of-11 three-pointers and grabbing a team-best nine rebounds. Dorsey and Briddell also finished with double-digit point, totaling 16 and 10, respectively.

As a team Salisbury pulled down 35 rebounds to Penn State Harrisburg's 40 while the Sea Gulls went 25-of-63 ( 39.7 percent) from the field while holding the Lions to a 17-of-49 (34.7 percent) performance. The maroon and gold also forced 22 Penn State Harrisburg turnovers while turning the ball over just 13 times itself.

Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, December 6 when it hosts Marymount (Va.) University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.