FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College men’s basketball team rode a career evening from senior standout Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) as they captured an 87-81 road win at the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday night in Fredericksburg, VA.
The Spartans improve to 14-3 overall and 6-2 in the league while the Eagles fall to 6-10 for the season and 3-5 in the conference.
Brady had an incredible evening but he was far from the only Spartan that played well. The complete team effort led the Green and White to their second CAC road win of the year.
The Spartans jumped on the Eagles early by scoring 11 of the first 15 points of the game. York increased the lead to 10 on a Brady lay up with 12:32 remaining in the half. Mary Washington cut the lead to six but York went on a 13-3 spurt that pushed the lead to 40-24 with 4:46 showing on the clock. The Eagles cut the lead to 11 but a Brady three-point play the traditional way gave York a 47-33 halftime edge.
The Green and White maintained their lead in double figures in the early stages of the second half. The Eagles fashioned a 12-2 run that trimmed the Spartan lead to 64-60 with 10:22 left in regulation.
A three-point play from freshman Jeremy Skoloda (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) pushed the lead back to seven but a lay up from Bart Reese and a Mike Fumai triple cut the Spartan lead to 67-65. Skoloda hit a lay up and Kevin Whaley (Dover, Pa./Dover) banged home a triple, quickly pushing the lead to seven. The Spartan lead hovered between five and eight points over the next seven minutes.
Mary Washington cut the lead to four with six seconds left but Brady converted a pair of free throws to ice the game and cap his career night at 36 points.
Brady finished the game shooting 13-for-17 from the floor including 5-for-8 from three. He drilled 5-of-6 from the line while he also had two boards and two assists in his 37 minutes of action. Whaley also had a great night as he notched 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 3-of-6 from deep and a perfect 6-for-6 from the stripe. Skoloda was the Spartans’ third player in double figures with 10 points while he also had a career-high five rebounds and three assists. Paul Kouvaris (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) added nine points, six rebounds and four steals, while senior Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) handed out eight assists in the win.
Eagle senior Brandon Altmann had a huge night of his own as he poured in 30 points in addition to pulling in a game-high 17 rebounds. Altmann was 13-for-19 from the floor and 4-for-7 from the free throw line. Ten of Altmann’s 17 rebounds came on the offensive side of the court. Reese added 10 points for the Eagles but was just 4-for-17 from the floor including 1-for-9 from three. Fumai contributed nine points with all of his markers coming from a trio of three point shots.
The Spartans clicked on offense all night as they shot 53.7% from the floor. They shot a blistering 58.1% in the first half while they cooled just a bit in the second. Mary Washington converted 45.6% of their chances in the game including 50% in the second stanza. The Spartans were 9-for-19 (47.4%) from three while the Eagles went 9-for-24 (37.5%). York shot a solid 80% (20-for-25) from the stripe while the Eagles were 10-for-18 (55.6%) for the game.
The Spartans were outrebounded 38-30 with the Eagles picking 18 offensive rebounds in the contest. Those offensive rebounds led to a 23-8 advantage in second chance points while the two squads were nearly even in points in the paint. The Spartans capitalized on the Eagles’ 18 turnovers as York finished with 30 points on those miscues.
The Spartans conclude their two-game road trip with a key CAC game at Wesley College in Dover, Del. Tip time at Wentworth Gymnasium is set for 4:00 pm.