SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 24 Salisbury University men's basketball team dropped its second straight conference contest on Saturday afternoon as the Sea Gulls fell to Frostburg State University 97-86, after its second half rally fell short.
The Sea Gulls (13-4, 3-3 CAC) turned in an impressive second half nearly erasing a 17-point deficit with 12 minutes left to play behind a 44.1 percent shooting mark from the field in the half.
Blair Davis paced the maroon and gold with 21 points while four more players also tallied double-digit performances for the afternoon. Davis scored 19 of his 21 total points in the second frame including 12 during the final 12:39 of play.
With 12:39 left, the home team went to work led by a Mike Ward three-pointer. James Foley slammed home a dunk with 8:10 left to play that pulled the Sea Gulls back within single digits for the first time since the 16:39 mark of the second half.
Salisbury managed to cut the deficit down to three, 74-71, with 6:33 left to play but were unable to get any closer as Frostburg St. (8-8, 4-2 CAC) pulled away over the final minutes of the game to secure the win.
Ward finished the game with 15 points while both Gary Briddell and Foley ended their afternoons with 14 apiece. As a team the Sea Gulls posted a 38.2 field goal percentage and managed a 30.8 mark from behind the arc.
Meanwhile Frostburg knocked down over 50 percent of its shots from the field including a 58.8 percent mark in the first half to aid in its 47-38 halftime lead.
The maroon and gold returns to action on Wednesday, January 23 when it travels to Newport News, Virginia for a 7:30 p.m., matchup with the No. 18 Captains of Christopher Newport University.