BY MARK DAVIS
Salisbury men’s basketball team defeated Mary Washington advancing them to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game for the second year in a row.
Sea Gulls’ junior forward Gordon Jeter came out hot in the first half scoring 12 points with four rebounds and two steals. In the first half alone, Jeter was 5-8 from the field and scored on both three-point attempts.
The Salisbury bench which put up 33 points, and was huge in the first half. Sophomore forward Chad Barcikowski put up seven and senior guard Justin May tallied five to give the Gulls’ a five point lead going into halftime.
May and Barcikowski continued to find the basket in the second half recoding seven and eight points, respectively. Barcikowski’s finished with 15 points on the day; a career game.
“Good team, big game tonight obviously the atmosphere was crazy. I tried to just do my part,” Barcikowski said.
Mary Washington was able to battle back in the second half tying the game at 49, before taking the lead about 10 minutes into the half.
Strong defense though from the Gulls’ allowed them to cause 21 turnovers and ultimately go on and secure the victory.
Jeter, who is averaging over 13 points a game, finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
“I just have to play my best, I played my best the last game and I just have to build on top of it more, and my team will follow and we can come out with the dub,” Jeter said.
The Sea Gulls are preparing to travel to Christopher Newport for the CAC championship game.
The Captains defeated St. Mary’s on Thursday to draw a rematch with Salisbury for the title.
Christopher Newport beat the Gulls twice this season and are hungry to beat them this time around in the CAC championship to avenge last year’s loss.
“We just got to keep getting better and keep winning more and more basketball games. If they want to be able to compete for the golden prize we have to have a great practice tomorrow and get ready for Saturday,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Andy Sachs said.
Offense has been the key recently to Salisbury’s success. Riding a six-game winning streak, at least three players have ended the game in double digits in each of those victories.
Salisbury won the CAC championship last season against CNU, and will once again face their rival in the championship game this Saturday.