BY MARK DAVIS
Senior Day is a day that seniors will never forget – especially with Saturday’s big win.
The men’s basketball team defeated Frostburg State University, giving the team its second straight 20 win season.
The Sea Gulls soared unmercifully over the Bobcats putting up a final score of 84-61. Sophomore forward Chad Barcikowski led the charge with 13 points, tying his career high in points. The Sea Gulls 13-2 run to start the game and three pointers in the game’s first half gave them the early 39-21 lead at halftime.
Salisbury head coach Andrew Sachs was very excited about the win and can’t wait to see what the post season has to offer. With a successful first season as a Salisbury head coach, the win makes reaching the post season a great milestone.
“We put ourselves in a position where even with one loss, we won our home game, and got to play in the championship,” Sachs said.
The team experienced the loss of 2015 lead scorer Wyatt Smith before the season, putting a chip on the Sea Gulls’ shoulders early on in the season. However, players were able to step up and put up yet another winning season.
“They deserve it, when the injury happened you know those guys would say we accept it, we all got to do more, and they did. Those guys deserve everything they get, now the second season begins, we got to keep winning,” Sachs said.
The men will have a bye in the first round of the CAC playoffs. Sachs believes the seniors should be proud of themselves for everything they put into the regular season.
Senior Guard Rocky Harris understands the bittersweet feeling that Senior Day brings, but is sticking to his craft and continues to play ball. He led the team in scoring with 19 points and also recorded five rebounds.
“It felt good, but the thing is we got another home game – it wasn’t too emotional because we’ll be playing here next Thursday, but for me to be able to play with the 6 seniors out there it felt good,” Harris said.
In the locker room, the team remains focused so they can finish what they started.
“We’re trying to keep our season alive so we can get back to the NCAA tournament. We have to take each day seriously, practice hard, and take it from there,” Harris said.
With a first round bye, Salisbury will wait to face the winner of the Wesley and Mary Washington game to see who they will host on Thursday evening.