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Goucher 83, Salisbury St. 67

March 2, 1997

TOWSON, Md. (AP) _ Bakari Ward scored 19 points to lead Goucher past Salisbury State 83-67 Saturday night in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.

Goucher earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs with the tournament championship.

Goucher led 38-30 at the half, but Salisbury State pulled within two 49-47 with 13:22 to play.

Goucher State used a 20-10 spurt to go ahead 69-57 with 5:02 to play. Salisbury State cut the lead to 72-65 with 49 seconds to play, but Goucher hit 11-of-12 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Damian Pitts and Tavar Witherspoon added 10 points each for Goucher. Shawn Johnson had 22 points to lead Salisbury State.

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