SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury picked up a 61-59 victory against No. 15 St. Mary’s (Md.) on Wednesday night at the Maggs Physical Activities Center.
The Sea Gulls (10-12, 5-8 Capital Athletic Conference) jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first two minutes, which prompted the Seahawks (18-5, 12-2 CAC) to take a timeout.
St. Mary’s got on the board quickly out of the timeout, as Christian MacAuley vaulted into the air for an uncontested dunk off an assist from Alex Franz. The two teams continued to battle the rest of the first stanza, with St. Mary’s jumping out to a seven-point lead following a made 3-pointer by Franz. SU was able to cut the lead to three to close out the half as senior center Chris McGrew and junior guard Mike Atkins each made a jumper to send the two teams into the locker rooms with St. Mary’s holding a 34-31 lead.
Salisbury took its first lead of the second half at the 14:01 mark when Atkins hit an open 3-pointer off an assist from junior guard Devin Posey to give SU a 41-40 lead. Over the next five minutes, Salisbury would outscore St. Mary’s 10-4, including a pair of 3-pointers by senior guard David Pearman.
St. Mary’s came storming back with a 9-4 run over the next five minutes to cut the SU lead to 54-53 with 4:29 remaining the contest.
A steal by Posey would lead to an easy fast break layup with 2:06 left to give SU a 58-57 lead. Mazcko followed that with a 3-pointer to push the Sea Gulls’ edge to 61-57 with 49 seconds remaining. The Seahawks converted the first free throw of a 1-and-1 opportunity and SU got the defensive rebound on the the missed second try.
Following an errant 3-point shot by McGrew, the Seahawks pushed up the floor and connected on a 3-pointer with what appeared to be no time remaining on the clock, but an official had blown his whistle for a called timeout from the St. Mary’s bench and put 1.4 seconds on the clock. Following a series of four timeouts, the Seahawks put the ball in play and misfired on a 3-point attempt as time expired to give Salisbury the victory.
McGrew led the way for the Sea Gulls, as he scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Pearman totaled 16 points in the victory, while Maczko and Atkins each chipped in with 10 points.
Sam Burum and Franz scored 16 and 15 points, respectively. Chris Hutchinson had 10 points as the final Seahawk to finish with a double-digit point total.