YORK, PA-The York College men’s basketball team opened their 2007 exhibition season with an 86-81 loss to Division II Mansfield University on Monday night at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center in York. The exhibition does not count on either team’s record but gives both squads the opportunity to face off in a live-game situation.
The Mountaineers forged an early six point lead 4:30 into the game. Mansfield eventually pushed the lead to 17-10 before the Spartans scored six straight points, trimming the Mansfield lead to one with 7:58 remaining in the half. York tied the game at 22 and that would be the second of four first half ties. That fourth tie occurred at 28 with a Chris Folland (Sykesville, Md./Century) jumper. That ignited a 9-2 run that saw Folland score four points and sophomore Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) contribute five points including a traditional three point play with 44 seconds left in the half.
The Spartans took the 35-30 lead to the break despite shooting 40.6% from the floor. York did force 11 Mansfield turnovers in the half but turned that into just six points.
The second half started with a Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) bucket but Mansfield responded with an 8-2 run that trimmed the Spartan lead to 39-38. York then used a sustained 18-7 run that pushed the Spartan lead to 57-45, their biggest advantage of the game, with 12:20 remaining in the game. The Mountaineers used a 10-2 spurt to cut the Spartan lead to 59-55 with 10:15 remaining. The Spartan lead vacillated between two and six points until Chris Pender hit a free throw with 6:23 left, tying the game at 65. After Brady tied the game at 68 with 5:41 remaining, Brandon Lawley hit a layup and Mansfield would not trail the rest of the way.
Mansfield pushed the lead to eight at 80-72 but York scored the next seven points to cut the Mountaineer lead to one with 1:32 left. Kevin Hill canned a huge three with a hand in his face to push the lead to 83-79 with 1:04 remaining. After the Spartans failed to convert on the offensive end, Chris Greene canned a pair of free throws to salt away the win.
Ryan Callahan, a Division I transfer from Wagner, led all scorers with 27 points. He was 10-for-18 from the floor including 3-for-5 from three. Callahan converted four of his five free throws while he also had five steals, four rebounds, and two assists in 28 minutes of action. Greene chipped in with 18 points, four assists, and four rebounds for Mansfield. Lawley and Hill each added 13 points for the visitors.
Mansfield shot 45.3% from the field for the game including 50% in the second half as they scored 56 points in the stanza. The Mountaineers went 1-for-8 from distance in the first half but drilled 5-for-11 in the second half. The visitors free throw numbers were also much higher in the second half. Mansfield was 3-for-4 in the opening half followed by a 15-for-22 performance in the second half.
The Spartans were led by Brady as the sophomore tossed in a team-high 23 points. Brady was an efficient 8-for-12 from the floor including 3-for-7 from three and 4-for-4 from the line. He also had three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Senior All-American Chad McGowan (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) added 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists. McGowan was 8-for-13 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the charity stripe. Junior Pat Kelley (Davidsonville, Md/River Hill) was solid with 11 points and eight rebounds while he also had three assists, a steal, and a block. Senior Nate Lankford (York, Pa/West York) tied Kelley for the game high in rebounds with eight while he added six points and a pair of assists.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 45.3% from the floor but a cool 23.5% from three. The Spartans went 19-for-28 (67.9%) from the charity stripe.
The Spartans will have one more preseason scrimmage before opening the regular season on Friday, November 16 at the V Foundation Classic at Roanoke College. The Spartans face the host Maroons at 7:00 pm.
(Photograph courtesy of Eric Linsley)