Salisbury falters against Arcadia

Salisbury falters against Arcadia

GLENSIDE, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team traveled to Arcadia University on Saturday afternoon to take on the Knights in an out of conference bout. The Sea Gulls fell to Arcadia by the final score of 72-64 behind the Knights 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) performance from three-point range.

Chase Kumor, who finished the game with five points got Salisbury (5-3) on the board less than 20 seconds in. Kumor knocked down his and the team's first three-pointer of the contest to help spark an 11-2 run by the Gulls to open the game.

Arcadia (6-5) managed to battle back and take the lead behind three three-pointers including back-to-back long balls during an 8-2 run midway through the first half. 

Mike Ward knocked down his only basket for the afternoon with 15 seconds left to play in the first half to give Salisbury the lead back 31-30. However, Arcadia responded as Josh Scott knocked down a long jumper to beat the buzzer.

The maroon and gold held a lead for 18:54 seconds of the first half but found themselves trailing 32-31 at the break due in large part to being outscored over the final 10 minutes of the first, 18-12, by the hosts.

Blair Davis and Johnson Ogunyoye led the way for Salisbury netting seven points apiece while Ogunyoye also added two blocks and a steal to his stat line. As a team the Gulls registered three blocks and six steals while Arcadia tallied just four steals in the opening half of play.

The Knights continued to build their lead in the second as Salisbury was only able to pull within a possession on two separate occasions.

Gary Briddell helped pull Salisbury back into the game in the second half netting two baskets bask-to-back to cut the Knights lead to just two, 46-44, with just over 14 minutes left to play. Briddell finished the day with four points on a 2-of-5 performance from the field.

With just over five and a half minutes left to play the maroon and gold trailed by three, 56-53. Braedon Dorsey forced a steal off an inbounds pass and found Chad Barcikowski, who finished the day as Salisbury's leading scorer with 13, all alone under the basket to pull the Gulls within one.

However that is as close as Salisbury would come as Arcadia outscored the Sea Gulls 16-9 over the final five minutes of action.

Ogunyoye finished as the second leading scorer for the maroon and gold totaling 10 points while pulling down five rebounds and tallying three blocks to round out his day.

Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, December 20 when it hosts Rowan University. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.