FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team traveled to the University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon to take on its Capital Athletic Conference rivals, the Eagles. The Sea Gulls saw a 15-point second half lead eliminated in the closing minutes, but they were able to hold on and pull out the 70-66 victory.
After keeping pace for much of the first half and the beginning of the second, the Sea Gulls grabbed their largest lead of the afternoon on a Chad Barcikowski layup, pushing the lead to 58-43 with 8:48 remaining on the clock.
The Mary Washington bench was forced to use a timeout following the score by Barcikowski, which ended up proving effective. The 15-point Salisbury lead would quickly shrink to three after the Eagles went on a 13-0 run to bring the score to 58-56 with 6:04 to play.
The score would remain close for the next two minutes before Mary Washington managed to take a 64-63 lead on a layup by Jacob Williams with 3:48 remaining.
Two made free throws by J.P. Krotulis with two minutes to play saw the lead change hands once again, with Salisbury ahead, 65-64. But a Salisbury foul was called moments later, allowing a pair of Eagle free throws to put the Sea Gulls down a point once again, at 66-65.
Another Krotulis layup with 1:36 remaining gave Salisbury the lead for good this time. A couple of desperation fouls by the Eagles in the final minute led to three Barcikowski free throws to push the final score to 70-66.
Barcikowski led the Sea Gulls in scoring and falling a rebound shy of a double-double, with 25 points, nine rebounds, and two steals. Krotulis scored 18 points to go along with six rebounds.
As a team, Salisbury finished the afternoon shooting 42 percent from the field, 33 percent from outside, and 73 percent from the line.
The men's basketball team will next travel to Arcadia University on Saturday, December 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.