YORK, PA-The York College men’s basketball team rode the broad shoulders of senior All-American Chad McGowan (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) as he led the Spartans to an important 84-74 Capital Athletic Conference win over Villa Julie College on Wednesday night in York. The Spartans, winners of four straight, improve to 13-6 overall and 8-2 in the CAC while the Mustangs fall to 5-14 overall and 3-7 in the league.
The game was tight early on as the two squads were tied at 12 just over six minutes into the game. After Greg Woody sank the second of his two free throws to give the Mustangs a 13-12 lead, the Spartans put together a 10-0 run to take a 22-13 lead almost midway through the half. Villa Julie trimmed the Spartan lead to five at 24-19 with 8:07 left in the half. York responded with another 10-0 spurt to increase the lead to 15 at 34-19. The Mustangs scored six of the final nine points of the half as they trailed 37-25 at the break. McGowan was huge in the opening 20 minutes as he had 18 points, three rebounds and a trio of blocked shots.
The second half found the Spartans building on their first half lead until it reached a game-high of 18 points, 54-36, on a Dylan Hoffman (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) lay up with 12:42 remaining. The Mustangs then went on a 14-5 run that trimmed the Spartan lead to nine at 59-50 with 7:56 left in regulation. York regained control of the contest as they slowly built their advantage back to 16 on another Hoffman lay up, this one coming with 3:18 left. After Woody made a pair of free throws and a lay up, the Spartans began their march to the free throw line as the Mustangs tried to extend the game by fouling. The Spartans made 16 trips to the line in the final 2:55, making 12 of them to hold off the guests.
McGowan finished the game with a season-high 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor including one three. He converted seven free throws and notched a double-double with 10 boards. McGowan also had four blocked shots and a pair of assists in leading his Spartans to victory. Senior Levi Winters (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) also played well for York as he notched 17 points, seven rebounds and a trio of assists. Winters was an efficient 4-for-8 from the floor and a solid 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Spartans while he also added eight points in 26 minutes of action. The 11 caroms are one short of his career high. Hoffman had a solid game for York as he contributed nine points, a career-high seven rebounds, two blocked shots and three assists.
Woody was outstanding for the Mustangs, single-handedly keeping them in the game. He matched McGowan for the game-high honors with 32 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the floor. Woody was 3-for-9 from three and went an impressive 13-for-16 at the free throw line. He also had five steals and a pair of assists before fouling out for the Mustangs. Elysian Richardson added 11 points and a team-high seven boards for VJC. Chaise Lancaster was the third Mustang in double figures with 10 points.
The green and white finished the game shooting 58.8% from the floor while they attempted just eight threes in the game, converting two. York’s struggles at the charity stripe continue as they went 22-for-38, a 57.9% mark for the game. The Mustangs shot 32% for the game as they managed to attempt 24 more shots than did the Spartans. The Mustangs went 6-for-21 (28.6%) from three while they were an impressive 20-for-24 (83.3%) from the free throw line.
The Spartans dominated the glass, out-rebounding the guests 51-31 in the game. The Mustang defense did force 22 Spartan turnovers which they converted into 21 points.
York returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Mary Washington to face the Eagles in a battle of the two top teams in the CAC. Tip time in Fredericksburg is set for 4:00 pm.
Chad McGowan photo courtesy of Eric Linsley