SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 24 Salisbury University men's basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season on Wednesday, falling 90-75 to York College of Pennsylvania at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
The contest remained close with numerous lead changes through the first 20 minutes, but the Spartans were able to push the lead to double figures in the second half and pull away in the closing minutes.
Salisbury (13-3, 3-2 Capital Athletic Conference) was able to grab an early lead with a trio of early three-pointers from senior Chase Kumor leading the way.
The lead changed hands 17 times in the first 20 minutes of play, with York (11-5, 4-1 CAC) hitting nearly 43 percent from the floor and Salisbury good on more than 56 percent of its field goals, including a 5-of-10 mark from three-point land.
Senior Blair Davis scored the final five points of the first half, allowing the Sea Gulls to take a 43-41 lead at the break. Kumor had nine points at the break while Davis scored seven in the first half and finished with 13 to go with four assists.
The Sea Gulls were held scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half as York began the period on an 11-0 run before a James Foley block on defense turned into offense on the other end to stop the scoring drought. After breaking down the floor, Johnny Fierstein hit a layup while getting fouled and converted the free throw to cut the deficit to six points. Fierstein scored 10 in the second half to finish with 14 points.
York's lead grew to its highest of 15 points in the closing minutes, and held at that for the final margin.
The Sea Gulls will be at home again on Saturday, January 19, hosting Frostburg State University for a CAC game beginning at 3 p.m.