YORK, PA-The York College men’s basketball squad bounced back from Friday night’s tough loss to Nazareth College as the Spartans defeated William Paterson, 70-61, in the consolation game of the 2007 White Rose City Classic. The Spartans improve to 5-4 with the win while the Pioneers, who entered the tournament with a mark of 8-1, fall to 8-3 for the campaign.
The Spartans jumped out to an early 8-3 courtesy of a pair of threes from Nick Brady (Hanover, PA/Delone Catholic) and Nate Lankford (York, PA/West York). The Pioneers trimmed the lead to one at 10-9, but the green and white responded with a sustained 15-4 run that pushed the York advantage to 12 at 25-13 with 4:27 left in the half. The Spartan lead wavered between eight and 12 points until All-American Chad McGowan (Dallastown, PA/Dallastown) had a dunk off a steal and then hit a lay up off a Brady steal in the final 39 seconds of the half to give York a 38-25 lead at the break.
The Spartans came out of the intermission and Brady hit a three in the Spartans’ first possession to put York up by 16. That would be York’s largest lead of the game as the advantage remained in double figures until the Pioneers’ Seve Cousins hit a jumper with 15:59 remaining in the game, cutting the Spartan advantage to nine. York scored the next five points on a pair of Brady free throws and a Levi Winters’ (Manchester, PA/Northeastern) three. William Paterson fashioned a 13-4 run over the next six minutes to cut the York lead to five at 55-50. Freshman Matty Foley (Frederick, MD/Gov. Thomas Johnson) came up big over the next two minutes as he hit four free throws followed by a Lankford jumper to push the York lead back to 11. William Paterson eventually trimmed the York lead to six with 23 seconds left but Foley hit three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds to salt away the win for the green and white.
McGowan led four Spartans in double figures with 19 points, three rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. McGowan was an efficient 7-for-11 from the floor and 5-for-9 from the charity stripe. Lankford and Brady chipped in with 12 points each. Lankford pulled in five rebounds and handed out three assists while Brady had four boards, three steals and a pair of helpers. Winters notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Foley ended the game with nine points and three rebounds. He was a sharp 7-for-8 from the charity stripe for the contest.
Senior Jason Cameron led the Pioneers with 17 points as he was 5-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-10 from three. Abdoulaye Ouedraogo recorded a double-double for Paterson with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Ouedraogo also had a pair of blocked shots for the Pioneers.
The Spartans finished the game shooting a season-best 50% (22-for-44) from the floor while they converted 40% (6-of-15) from three. The Spartans went 20-for-31 from the free throw line while the Pioneers finished the game converting 11-of-18 (61.1%) from the line. William Paterson finished the contest shooting 33.9% from the floor and 29% (8-for-27) from distance.
WPU held a 20-16 edge in points in the paint and a 15-10 advantage in second chance points while York had a 23-15 margin in points off turnovers.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday night as they travel to Kings College to face the Monarchs in a non-conference tilt. Tip time is set for 7:00 pm.
White Rose City Classic Championship Game
Nazareth 69-Messiah 66
YORK, PA – Nazareth College claimed the 2007 White Rose City Classic championship with a 69-66 win over Messiah fighting back from a 16-point first half deficit. The Golden Flyers (7-1) tallied 44 second half points to earn the mid-season tournament victory.
Plagued by turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, Nazareth did not show the poise and sharpness that was displayed less than 24 hours ago against York. Messiah (5-4) took advantage of the multiple Golden Flyer turnovers and built a 24-8 lead with 9:38 remaining in the first frame. The Nazareth players gathered themselves and ended the half getting the better of the play; however, the Falcons still went into the break up ten at 35-25.
As the second stanza commenced, the Golden Flyers went on an extended 15-6 run to cut the Messiah lead to one at 41-40 with 10:32 to play. A pair of free throws by Joe Canori put Nazareth up 44-43 and gave the Golden Flyers their first lead since being up 6-4 with 17:43 left in the first half.
Both squads battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the contest, but the game was decided at the free throw line. The Falcons seemed snake-bitten as they went 3-10 from the charity stripe during the final five minutes of play.
Canori paced Nazareth with a tournament-high 22 points including 15 in the second half. In the final 20 minutes, Canori canned 12 of his points from beyond the arc nailing 4-of-6 threes in the period.
Corey McAdam backed up last night’s career-game with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists. Ryan McAdam and Rayvon Higdon each chipped in with 10 points while center Tyler Smith grabbed 11 rebounds.
Andy Hawk tallied 18 points and pulled-down six caroms for the Falcons in the losing effort. Darryl Brown registered 13 points and a team-high 10 boards to go along with four assists and three steals. Drew Sneeringer was the third Falcon in double-digits scoring 12 points shooting 3-for-5 from deep and a perfect 3-for-3 from the line.
Levi Winters photo courtesy of Eric Linsley.