Strong second half performance leads Sea Gulls past Lions

Strong second half performance leads Sea Gulls past Lions

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team captured its fifth consecutive Capital Athletic Conference victory defeating host Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, 80-68, on Saturday afternoon.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Sea Gulls (12-5, 8-2 CAC) used a 45-point second half to earn their fifth straight win. Six different players tallied points in the second half to aid in the victory while posting a 62.5 percent shooting mark from the field including a 4-of-6 performance from behind the arc.

Chad Barcikowski, who scored a team-high 17 points, netted 11 over the final 20 minutes of action including eight from the free-throw line. He finished the afternoon going 3-of-9 from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe, knocking down seven of eight attempts in the final minute of play to help secure the victory.  

Blair Davis was the only other Sea Gull to tally double-digit points, finishing the game with 10. Davis was 4-of-10 from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc while also dishing out five assists and grabbing five steals.

Defensively, Salisbury forced 30 Lion (6-11, 2-8 CAC) turnovers throughout the game including 14 in the second half while also recording seven steals.

Overall, the Sea Gulls posted a 54.7 percent shooting mark, were 10-of-20 from three-point range, grabbed 27 rebounds, and held Penn St.-Harrisburg to a 46.7 percent clip from the field.

Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, January 24, when it travels to Marymount (Va.) University. Tip-off between the Saints and the Sea Gulls is scheduled for 8 p.m.    

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