Back-and-forth battle goes against men’s basketball at Salisbury in CAC Quarterfinals

Back-and-forth battle goes against men’s basketball at Salisbury in CAC Quarterfinals

SALISBURY, Md. – The sixth-seeded Wesley College men's basketball team fought hard but were upended, 75-68 by the third-seeded Salisbury Sea Gulls on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship Tournament.

The lead changed 15 times and the game was tied eight times during the contest. Wesley outshot Salisbury 43.3 percent to 41.0 percent but the difference was in three-point field goals and rebounding. Salisbury corralled 43 rebounds and made 10 threes in the game while Wesley tallied 35 rebounds and made eight from beyond the three-point arc.

Wesley and Salisbury went into the locker room at halftime with Salisbury with the narrow 37-33 lead. JW Lawson made a three-pointer with four seconds remaining in the half to make it a four-point game.

Wesley took the lead in the beginning part of the second half but Salisbury stayed in the game. Both teams traded the lead back-and-forth before George Cook drained a three with 4:37 left in the game to give Wesley the 64-62 lead.

Salisbury's Chad Barcikowski responded with a three-pointer 20 seconds later to give Salisbury the one-point lead.

Lawson tied the game at 65 with 3:36 to go in the game when he made one of his two free throws at the line.

Salisbury regained the lead, 67-65 when Barcikowski was fouled and made both of his free throws. Salisbury's 10-3 run in the closing moments of the game kept the Wesley away and pushed the Sea Gulls to the semifinals. 

Lawson and Evan Anderson led Wesley with 16 points apiece. Lawson was a rebound away from a double-double, reeling in nine boards, dishing out three assists and stealing the ball three times.

Mychal Stefanides collected nine points while Paul Clemons scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds.

Brian Cameron was held to seven points while fighting an injury early in the game. Derick Charles also recorded seven points off the bench.

Barcikowski led Salisbury with 21 points.

The Wolverines finish the 2017-18 season with 13-13 overall record and 9-9 in the CAC to pick up their 11th consecutive trip to the CAC Tournament.