Despite defeat, Salisbury finds consolation in 28-2 record

March 16, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

The Andre Foreman era and the most successful season of coach Ward Lambert's 22 years at Salisbury Stite came to a close Saturday night.

The Sea Gulls were inconsolable for a few minutes after vi(iting Jersey City State knocked them off, 97-83, in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals, but then they began to savor the accomplishments attained by a program that never had been mentioned among the nation's small-college elite. Of the 17 men's teams in Maryland affiliated with the NCAA, Salisbury State was the only one still playing Saturday.

"They're aren't too many 28-2 teams in the nation," said Lambert, sucking on an orange and still able to smile after Saturday's season-ending setback. "We would have liked to gone a little further, but I'm pleased with the season. I only wish that more people had seen Andre [Foreman] play. I'll probably only get one like him in my career. Obviously, he's really going to je missed."

A 6-foot-6, fifth-year senior forward from nearby Berlin who was relatively unnoticed out of Stephen Decatur High in 1987, Foreman finished his career with 2,940 points and 1,315 rebounds. With 29 points and 17 rebounds against Jersey City State, Foreman finished 1991-92 with averages of 25.8 points and 11.8 rebounds, marks that actually lowered his career averages to 27.0 and 12.1, respectively.

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