FREDERICK, MD-York College senior All-American Chad McGowan (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) converted a three-point play with less than 17 seconds left in the game and the Spartans made a defensive stand to end the game as York College posted a 75-73 Capital Athletic Conference victory at Hood College on Saturday afternoon. In the battle of two first place teams, the Spartans survived a furious second-half Hood comeback to remain tied with Mary Washington atop of the CAC standings. The Spartans improve to 12-6 overall and 7-2 in the league while the Blazers fall to 12-6 and 6-3 in the conference.
The green and white played an outstanding first half. The Blazers netted the first two points of the game but just over ten minutes into the game, the Spartans had forged a 24-11 lead. The Blazers trimmed the Spartan lead to five at 32-27 but York put together an 11-3 run, pushing the lead back to 13 at 43-30. The Blazers Anthony Bennett hit a lay up prior to the horn as York’s lead was 43-32 at the break.
The Spartans looked as though they were going to run away with the game early in the half as Levi Winters (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) banged home a three to build the York lead to 14 at 50-36. The Spartan lead would remain double figures until a Ryan Junghans lay up cut the Spartan lead to 60-52. That lay up came right after a Junghans three that kick started a 19-6 run that tied the game at 66 with 5:03 left in regulation.
That run set the stage for a very exciting final five minutes of the game as there were two ties and three lead changes. With the game tied at 66, McGowan hit a bucket to put York back on top. After Rian McHenry tied the game with a lay up with 3:12 left in the game, Junghans canned a pair of free throws after a questionable call against Winters, giving the Blazers a 70-68 lead. Spartan senior Nate Lankford (York, Pa./West York) then tied the game with a jumper with 2:18 left but Mark McGlone gave the Blazers a 73-70 lead with 1:44 remaining courtesy of a long three. Winters trimmed the deficit to one on a jumper and York got a stop and a time out with 28 seconds left. Hood had fouls to give so they hammered McGowan with 24 seconds left. The Spartans inbounded the ball and spread the floor, allowing McGowan to drive against McHenry for the game-winning basket. McHenry fouled McGowan again but the senior muscled the ball to the basket for the goal. He converted the key free throw for the two point margin. Mike McCarrick’s three-point field goal missed the mark and Pat Kelley (Davidsonville, Md./South River) pulled in the rebound as time expired, giving the Spartans the huge road win.
Three Spartan seniors led the way for the green and white as McGowan poured in 23 points and pulled in eight rebounds while Winters tallied a career-high tying 22 points. Winters also had seven rebounds and three assists for the Spartans. Winters was 10-for-20 from the floor including two threes. Lankford added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while he also handed out six assists. Freshman Dylan Hoffman (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) chipped in with nine points as he was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Hoffman notched his nine points in just seven minutes of action.
Bennett led the Blazers with 17 points and five rebounds. Bennett was 6-for-11 from the floor, 2-for-4 from three, and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Junghans, the third leading scorer in the CAC at 19.8 points per game, was limited to 14 points on 3-of-11 shooting including 1-for-3 from three. Junghans was again outstanding at the free throw line as the junior guard converted all seven of his attempts. He is shooting over 96% from the line for the year as he leads the conference in that category. McCarrick chipped in with nine points while McGlone added eight points and four assists to the Blazer cause.
The Spartans shot 48.5% from the floor and 25% from three while they, much like the have all season, struggled from the line as they shot 46.2% as a team. The Blazers shot 43.1% from the field, however, Hood cooked from distance as they made 47.1% of their attempts from distance. The Blazers were also good from the free throw line as they were 15-for-18 for the game.
York finished the game with a 42-31 edge on the glass while they also held a 15-10 edge in second chance points. The Spartans also had a 32-22 advantage in points in the paint for the game.
The green and white return to action on Wednesday night as they host Villa Julie College in a Capital Athletic Conference game. Tip time at the Grumbacher Center is set for 8:00 pm.
Chad McGowan photo courtesy of Eric Linsley