Seniors Lead Spartans Past Sea Gulls in Key CAC Contest
SALISBURY, MD-The York College men’s basketball team posted a 73-62 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, MD. The Spartans, who have won three straight, improve to 4-3 overall and, more importantly, 3-1 in the CAC. The Sea Gulls, losers of seven straight, fall to 2-8 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
Neither team played particularly well early on as the Spartans had a brief 7-6 lead just over five minutes into the game. The Sea Gulls recaptured the lead and eventually built their advantage to a game-high eight, at 19-11, on a Greg Palmer three. The Spartans played well over the final eight minutes of the half, outscoring the hosts 22-6 to take a 33-25 lead to the break.
The green and white maintained their lead in the single digits until sophomore Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) kick started a 10-0 run with a jumper at the 12:03 mark. The spurt increased York’s lead to a game-high 18 points with just over eight minutes left in the game. The Spartan lead got trimmed to ten twice but it would not fall into single digits the rest of the way.
Senior All-American Chad McGowan (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) poured in a game-high 26 points to pace the green and white. McGowan was 7-for-12 from the floor while he was 12-for-20 from the free throw line. His 20 trips to the line tied a career high for the senior forward. Senior Levi Winters (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) played well as he notched 18 points and seven rebounds. Winters canned a pair of three pointers while he drained all four of his free throw attempts for the game. Winters collected a game-high four steals for YCP. Senior Nate Lankford (York, Pa./West York) was the third Spartan in double figures with 11 points while he also had six rebounds and three steals. Keefer came off the bench for the first time this year and had eight points and five boards.
Jonas Vaitkus led the Gulls with 18 points and five boards. Vaitkus was 7-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Palmer added 15 points including a trio of three-point field goals. In addition to his scoring, Palmer pulled down nine rebounds and handed out three assists. Brandon Abney recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
York finished the game shooting 47.2% from the floor but just 25% from three. York was a little better at the free throw line in the game as they made 20-of-32, good for a mark of 62.5%. The Spartans committed just 10 turnovers in the game while they forced Salisbury into 20 miscues which they turned into 25 points. The York bench outscored their Salisbury counterparts 14-3 for the contest.
Salisbury shot 41.7% from the field including 31.6% from distance. Salisbury was just 6-for-11 from the free throw line for the game.
The green and white will now be off until December 28 when they host Nazareth in the first game of the 2007 White Rose City Classic at the Grumbacher Center. Tip time against Nazareth is set for 6:00 pm.
Nate Lankford photo courtesy of Eric Linsley.