The University of Mary Washington men's basketball team topped Salisbury University, 84-58R, in their regular season finale in Fredericksburg, VA. With the win the Eagles locked up the three seed in the CAC tournament which will begin on Saturday. UMW improves to 15-10 overall, and finish the CAC with a 5-5 record.
The Eagles came out of the gates hot as they made their first three shots of the game. Drew Johnson and Da'Shawn Cook both knocked down three-pointers and then Anias Saunders made a layup to go up 8-3. With the score at 11-5, UMW went on a 13-0 run to stretch the lead out to 19 with 12:54 to play in the half.
Wayne Clevert scooped home a layup off of a steal to put the Eagles up 21, 32-11. From there, UMW kept the momentum going as they went on an 11-3 run to go up 29 as Trey Barber capped the run with a three-point play the old fashioned way. The Eagles maintained their advantage and a layup from Rowson at the buzzed had UMW up 31, 55-24.
In the second half Rowson knocked down a step-back jump shot to keep UMW up 32, 61-29, with 15:52 to play. Salisbury then went on a 13-0 run to cut the lead to 19. With UMW up 20,
Ryan Williams made two big plays on the offensive end as he made a jump shot and then connected on two free throws with 8:33 remaining. UMW would play good defense and maintain their offensive momentum to close out the Seagulls.
Johnson led the team with 17 points on 6-9 shooting, including 5-8 from three-point range. Rowson and Cook both chipped in 14 points a piece. Cook dished out six assists, while Rowson hauled in nine rebounds. Riley Welch added 10 points off the bench.
The Eagles shot 31-52 (59.6%) from the field, 14-28 (50.0%) from three-point range, and 8-10 (80.0%) from the free throw line.
UMW will host Southern Virginia on Saturday at 2 p.m. as part of the CAC tournament.