Comeback bid falls short as men's basketball falls at York, 83-82

Comeback bid falls short as men's basketball falls at York, 83-82

YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team battled back in the closing minutes at York College of Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, drawing even late, but ultimately dropping an 83-82 Capital Athletic Conference decision.

Salisbury (16-6, 6-5 CAC) found itself down by 11 points, 80-69, with just over four minutes to play, but was able to stand up defensively and chip away at the deficit. Lucas Martin started with a layup and Mike Ward added a free throw to make it an 80-72 game with 3:42 left in regulation.

That score held for the next minute before a pair of Johnny Fierstein free throws and two more freebies by Blair Davis got the Sea Gulls within four.

James Foley connected on a three-pointer to cut the York lead to 80-79 before a pair of free throws for the Spartans (16-6, 9-2 CAC) pushed the lead back to three.

Out of a timeout with time dwindling, Ward buried a game-tying three-pointer with less than 10 seconds on the clock, but York had time to draw a late foul and Jason Bady made the first of two free throw tries with one second remaining to give the Spartans the victory.

Bady scored a game-high 35 points for York while Davis was good for 23 points for the Sea Gulls to go with eight rebounds and four assists.

Davis was one of five Sea Gulls to finish in double figures with Ward getting 12 while Fierstein scored 11. Gary Briddell and Foley each scored 10.

Salisbury returns home on Saturday, February 9 to host Southern Virginia University. The game is scheduled to tip at 3 p.m., in the contest that will also serve as the team's Senior Day.