Watson's Three Forces OT, Spartans Prevail in Extra Session

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The York College men’s basketball team used a furious second-half comeback, a Julian Watson (Odenton, Md./Arundel) three, and a 16-point extra session to secure an 86-77 overtime victory at Gallaudet University Wednesday evening. The Spartans’ second win in three games pushes their season record to 5-12 and 3-5 in the CAC while the Bison drop to 7-8 overall and 0-8 in league play.
    After the Bison put on a shooting clinic in the first half, the Spartans found themselves down 48-38 at halftime. The Spartans’ then fashioned a 17-5 spurt to open the second stanza, taking a 55-53 lead with 11:19 to play. The 8:39 surge was capped by a Watson lay-up as the rookie scored six of York’s 17.
    The Spartans’ lead would expand to as much as fives on two separate occasions, once with 8:04 remaining and again with 6:34 on the clock. Just as the Green and White looked to pull away with their second five-point advantage, the Bison stormed back behind the play of Sekoe White. White tallied seven of his team-high 26 points over a 4:47 period leading an 11-2 run as the Bison took a 68-64 lead with only 1:46 to play.
    With only 37 seconds remaining, junior guard Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) canned a contested three from the right wing to slash Gallaudet’s lead to one at 68-67. After the Bison’s Jon Mowl hit two free throws, Watson came up big for the Spartans. With 23 seconds left, the freshman point guard nailed a triple from the right corner to knot the game at 70. Gallaudet was unable to convert on their final trip down the floor and the game spilled into overtime.
    In the extra five-minute period, Brady and junior forward Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) took over for the Spartans as the pair of captains tallied 14 of York’s 16 overtime points. After an opening three by Mowl, Brady and Keefer combined for eight straight points to give York a 78-73 advantage with 2:13 to play. Gallaudet would manage to only cut the Spartans’ margin to four the rest of the way. Brady then iced the win by nailing six straight free throws over the final 40 seconds.
    The Green and White went 5-for-8 in the overtime session while the Bison were only able to manage a 1-for-6 performance.
    The first half belonged almost entirely to the Bison. Gallaudet came out scalding as they shot an excellent 63% on 17-for-27 from the floor. Even more impressive, the Bison canned 9-of-14 from three in the opening frame to help them open their largest lead of 14 points, at 48-34, toward the end of the first 20 minutes.
    York shot a solid 46.7% on 14-for-30 from the field in the first period and was 2-for-4 from deep but the red-hot Bison simply out-distanced the Spartans in the opening frame.
    For the game, the Spartans hit 31 of their 65 attempts for a 47.7% shooting percentage including 4-for-12 from distance. York also put on one of their best free-throw shooting performances of the year knocking down 20 of their 26 trips.
    Gallaudet cooled off significantly in the second frame to record a 41.3% shooting percentage for the game, hitting 26 of their 63 attempts from the field. The Bison went only 8-for-29 in the second frame, including 2-for-9 from three, after their stunning first half showing.
    Brady led all scorers with 27 points on the night on an 8-for-17 performance, knocking down three treys and 8-of-9 free throws. Watson tallied 19 points on a solid 6-for-11 and 6-for-7 from the stripe over his team-high 39 minutes.
    Keefer and Dylan Hoffman (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) were the other two Spartans in double figures. Keefer tallied 11 points and pulled down five rebounds. Hoffman, who helped keep the Green and White in the game with a solid offensive performance in the first half, finished the game with ten points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
    White paced the Bison with his 26 points on 8-for-17 shooting. He also pulled down seven rebounds in the losing effort. Mowl, who nailed 6-of-11 from three, tallied 23 points on the evening while Tony Tatum was the third Gallaudet player in double figures as he recorded 15 points.
    The Spartans will look to take 3-out-of-4 as they travel to Marymount (Va.) on Saturday. The Green and White tip off with the Saints in a CAC tilt at 4:00 pm.


Julian Watson photo courtesy of Steve Doemland