SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team begins play in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday, February 19 against Frostburg State University. The quarterfinal contest in Maggs Physical Activities Center will begin at 8 p.m.
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How we got here
Salisbury closed the regular season with a 90-83 win at Frostburg State University which allowed the Sea Gulls to finish the year with an 8-6 record in CAC play and earn the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Salisbury won five of its final seven games to earn the home game tomorrow night. The Sea Gulls were 10-1 in non-conference play for an 18-7 overall record.
How they got here
Frostburg State posted a 10-15 overall record during the regular season and went 6-8 in CAC play to earn the No. 5 seed in the tournament. After going 4-3 during the first half of the CAC schedule, the Bobcats did not fare as well in their second time through the league, going 2-5 in the rematches, dropping their final five CAC contests.
Last time we met
The Sea Gulls and Bobcats met just three days ago, with the chance to host a quarterfinal round game. Salisbury took a quick 15-0 lead and never trailed in the game. The Bobcats cut the deficit to two on multiple occasions, but were unable to pull even. Mike Ward went 5-for-5 on three-point tries in the game, and 8-for-8 from the free throw line to lead the team with 25 points. Lucas Martin scored 21 points to go with 10 rebounds in the game.
Scouting the Bobcats
The Bobcats bring one of the top offenses in the league into Tuesday's game, averaging 75.9 points per game, second in the CAC behind Christopher Newport University's 78.7 points per game. On the defensive side, Frostburg State surrenders 80.3 points per game, the highest total in the league. The Bobcats are led by Daniel Alexander's 17.3 points per game, which puts him third in the league.
The floor general
Senior Blair Davis has been guiding the Salisbury offense throughout the season, playing nearly every minute of each of Salisbury's game from the point guard position. Davis has played 33.5 minutes per game, scoring 14.5 points per game. But his most important role may be in guiding the offense and setting his teammates up for success. This year, he has averaged 4.5 assists per game, which leads the CAC.
The winner of Tuesday's game will take on the winner of another quarterfinal matchup between top-seeded Christopher Newport University and eighth-seeded Southern Virginia University in the semifinal round. The semifinals will be played on Thursday, February 21.