YORK, PA – The York College men’s basketball team rolled to a 93-72 non-conference win over Penn State Abington on Wednesday night in York. The Spartans improve to 6-1 overall while the Lions fall to 1-5 for the campaign.
The Spartans started off slow as they missed their first eight shots of the game before senior Nick Brady (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) converted a traditional three point play to get the Green and White on the board over three minutes into the game. Brady’s three-point play kick started a 12-0 York run that covered a two-minute stretch.
The Lions would not go away as they clawed their way back into the game, tying the contest at 23 on a Joshua Howard three with 7:45 remaining in the half. Paul Kouvaris (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) hit a pair of free throw to put York back on top, as the hosts would not surrender the lead the rest of the way. The Spartans pushed the lead to nine on a Todd Maciejewski (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) lay up with 4:12 left in the stanza. The Lions cut the lead back to four before the Spartans scored six of the final eight points of the half to take a 46-37 lead at the intermission.
The Spartans came out of the break and quickly pushed the lead to 13 before back-to-back buckets from Abington trimmed the York lead to nine just two minutes into the half. The Spartans then fashioned a sustained 13-5 run that increased the lead to 17 at 63-46 with 12:49 remaining.
A Corey Curtis triple cut the lead to 14 but the Spartans then put the game away with a 14-2 run capped by back-to-back threes from Brady off passes from Maciejewski, giving York a 77-51 lead with just under ten minutes left in the contest.
The Spartan lead peaked at 27 before the Green and White settled for the 21-point victory.
Maciejewski had a career night as the freshman poured in a career-high 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. He also had four rebounds and three assists in his 20 minutes of work. Brady led the Spartans with 22 points, seven rebounds, and two assists. Brady was 6-for-11 from the floor including 4-for-7 from three. He also knocked down 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Junior Kevin Whaley (Dover, Pa./Dover) was the third Spartan in double figures with 10 points while he also had two rebounds and two assists. Senior Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) added nine points, nine rebounds, and four assists in his 21 minutes of action. No Spartan played more than 23 minutes in the game as all 14 players who dressed saw action in the contest.
Curtis led the Lions with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting including 1-of-2 from three. William Alton added 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steal in his 36 minutes of play. Alton was 5-for-9 from the floor and 9-for-12 from the free throw line.
The Spartans shot 50% from the field for the game but just 22.2% from three as they converted 4-of-18 from distance. The Spartans went 19-for-29 (65.5%) from the free throw line. Abington finished the contest shooting 47.4% from the floor and 30.8% from three. The Lions were 14-for-21 from the stripe, good for a mark of 66.7%.
The Spartans out-rebounded the small Lions 43-29 while they had a whooping 50-30 margin in points in the paint. The Spartans also converted 21 Lion turnovers into 26 points while Abington got 14 points off 14 York miscues.
The Spartans are now off until next Wednesday
when they welcome Gallaudet University to Wolf Gym for York’s
Capital Athletic Conference opener. The trip will be the last
regular season hoops journey to York as the Bison will join the
NEAC next fall. Tip time in York is scheduled for 8:00 pm.
Todd Maciejewski photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (http://www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com/)