SALISBURY, MD – Salisbury University junior forward Troy King came down the lane to grab an offensive rebound and finished the putback with less than a second remaining in regulation, tying the men's basketball game against Frostburg State University at 58 and sending it to overtime. The Sea Gulls pushed ahead early in the extra session and held on for a 68-64 win in the team's Capital Athletic Conference opener.
King was a driving force throughout the win, scoring 10 points while pulling down 11 rebounds. The game-tying follow accounted for King's only points of the second half, but could not have come at a better time.
Salisbury (8-1, 1-0 CAC) led by as many as 16 in the first half as the Gulls connected on eight of their first 15 shots from the floor, including three-pointers from junior Tim Harwood, sophomore Chris Viqueira and two from senior Elijah Gore. The hot start allowed Salisbury to pull ahead to a 21-5 lead just over 10 minutes into the game.
The Bobcats (3-6, 1-1) would chip away to grab a one-point lead at halftime, 29-28, as senior Christian Jackson put up 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the first 20 minutes.
The second half featured 10 ties as neither team was able to pull ahead by more than four points. After Gore tied the game at 56-56 with two of his team-best 22 points with 1:17 left in regulation, the Bobcats regained a two-point edge on Kwambina Coker's layup with 41 seconds showing on the clock.
Harwood missed the Gulls' next chance to tie, and after a number of fouls Salisbury was able to send Jabari Kamau to the free-throw line with a one-and-one opportunity to put the game away. Kamau missed the front end and Gore grabbed the board with just over 10 seconds to play and raced the length of the court.
Gore's effort was blocked by Kamau, but King was there to grab the loose ball, and hit the off-balance shot to send the game to overtime. The bucket accounted for two of Salisbury's 14 second-chance points in the game, coming off seven offensive rebounds.
Gore connected on Salisbury's first try from the field in the extra time, as he was fouled, and Salisbury did not trail again.
After King grabbed a defensive rebound, Viqueira made a three with 2:55 showing on the clock, good for Salisbury's first five-point lead since three minutes remained in the first half.
Salisbury did not need another field goal as the Gulls connected on 5-of-6 free throws in the closing two minutes of overtime to seal the win and the program's first 8-1 start since the 1996-97 season.
Gore's 22 points marked a career best to go with eight rebounds while Harwood finished with 20 and Viqueira added 11.
Jackson led the way for the Bobcats with 35 points, on 14-of-28 shooting, and had seven rebounds. DeSean Antoine added 15 points.
Salisbury will be off for a week before traveling to No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday, Dec. 17. That game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.