BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team earned their second consecutive win to start the new year, toughing out a 78-75 road win on Saturday over the Southern Virginia Knights to open the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) slate.
Final Score: Salisbury 78, Southern Virginia, 75
Records: Salisbury (7-9, 1-0 CAC) | Southern Virginia (1-15, 0-1 CAC)
Location: Knight Arena – Buena Vista, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Johnny Fierstein opened the game with a three, Salisbury fired off with a 13-4 run to start the game. The Sea Gulls shot 5-of-8 from the floor during the run which was capped off by a three-point jumper by Lucas Martin with 15:44 left in the first half.
- After a Southern Virginia timeout, the Knights began to claw back to tie the game at 17 with 12:07 left in the half after three-straight free throws by Ricky Stafford.
- The Knights saw their largest lead in the first half when Trey Dill converted a lay-in after a steal by Quincy Jones to give the Knights a 36-24 lead with just over 6:30 to go in the half.
- Salisbury finished the first half strong to erase the double-digit Southern Virginia lead as the Sea Gulls closed the half out on a 22-2 run to take a 46-38 lead into the locker room. The Salisbury half-ending run was sealed by a fastbreak lay-in by Gary Briddell.
- Southern Virginia kept trying to regain the lead in the second half with the game tied at 60 with 9:36 left in regulation. But, Salisbury would hold onto the their lead and maintain a seven-point lead, 75-68, with two minutes left in the game.
- Fierstein sealed the game taking advantage of a free throw in the final seconds of the game for the victory.
- Four player netted double figures for Salisbury in the win. Gary Briddell led with a game-high 19 points. Briddell added four steals, three boards and three assists.
- Lucas Martin netted 18 points on 7-of-14 from the field, including four three-pointers. He also reeled in five rebounds and stole the ball twice.
- Mike Ward collected 13 points while Johnny Fierstein tallied 12 points and tied a team-high witheight rebounds.
- The bench played well for the Sea Gulls with Devin Garrett and D'Angelo Tull each registered eight points. Garrett matched Fierstein's team-best eight rebounds.
- Cameron Heard dished out eight assists off the bench.
- Salisbury dominated from the free-throw line, going 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) while the Knights shot 8-for-14 (57.1 percent).