Smith scores 28 as Sea Gulls fall in regular-season finale at Frostburg State

Smith scores 28 as Sea Gulls fall in regular-season finale at Frostburg State

FROSTBURG, Md. – The No. 11 Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped an 86-80 overtime decision at Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon to close out the regular season.

The Sea Gulls came out firing in the Capital Athletic Conference battle, scoring the game's first seven points with junior Chad Barcikowski and senior Wyatt Smith each notching field goals before freshman Al Leder capitalized on a three-point play to build the cushion less than three minutes into the game.

Salisbury (19-6, 14-4 CAC) held the small lead through the first 10 minutes of the contest before putting together a push to stretch the lead to double figures. The run began at the charity stripe with Smith, Barry Bratten, and Jordan Brooks all getting two at the line before a triple from Barcikowski gave the Gulls a 20-8 lead.

Barcikowski connected on a pair of three-pointers in the game to finish with 17 points.

The Bobcats (7-18, 6-12 CAC) got a bucket from Tyler Michael to end the threat, and Salisbury traded baskets with the Frostburg junior as he scored five-straight points for his team. Michael finished with a team-high 23 points in the contest.

The Sea Gulls closed the opening half on an 8-2 run to push the lead to 16 points at the break, 36-20. Smith, Terray Quickley, Brooks and Barcikowski all hit field goals from within the paint to close out the period.

The Salisbury lead grew at the start of the second half, with Smith coming out and scoring 12 of the team's first 16 points of the period, including burying a pair of three-pointers. The senior tallied a season-high 28 in the contest, which led all scorers in the game.

The Salisbury lead stayed at 19 points for a five-minute stretch following a Michael layup before Barcikowski scored five quick points, pushing the edge to 24 points, 59-34, with 7:16 to play. It was the largest lead of the day.

The Bobcats made a run over the final seven minutes, beginning with a Dalton Gaus three-pointer to force overtime. A 31-10 run was capped with a layup from Lawrence Pettis Jr., with 12 second remaining, for the first tie of the game.

Frostburg carried its run into the overtime period, scoring the extra session's first seven points. Salisbury battled back within four points on three different occasions, but could not draw even.

To go with his 28 points, Smith grabbed nine boards, while senior Gordon Jeter scored a dozen and also pulled down nine rebounds.

The Sea Gulls now turn their sites on the CAC tournament, having earned a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the field. Salisbury will play host to a semifinal contest on Thursday, February 23 at Maggs Physical Activities Center. The Sea Gulls will await the winner of Tuesday's first-round matchup between sixth-seeded Wesley College and third-seeded York College of Pennsylvania.

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