YORK, PA - The York College men's basketball squad bounced back from Wednesday's disappointing overtime loss at #14 St. Mary's by rolling past Frostburg State University 96-62 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday in York. The Spartans, meeting the Bobcats for a first time as a conference opponent, improve to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the league with the victory. The Bobcats fall to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
The Spartans were very balanced as five players reached double figures in the win, led by sophomore point guard Julian Watson as he tallied a game-high 15 points.
The Green and White got off to a great start and never really looked back. York actually trailed 5-4 a little less than five minutes into the game but the Spartans fashioned an impressive 18-0 run that covered just over six minutes of game time. Sophomore Mo Oursler had a pair of triples on the run as the Spartans left little doubt they had gotten over the disappointment of Wednesday's loss.
In the first 10:02 of the game, the Spartans were 9-for-15 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three while they limited Frostburg to 2-of-16 shooting in building the quick 22-5 lead.
The Spartans built the advantage to 20 twice in the opening half before Steven Ogg hit a three with 41 seconds left to trim the York lead to 25-28 at the break.
York came out of the half and continued their stellar play. York put together another extended run, this time an 18-5 spurt fueled by three consecutive threes when the Bobcats went to a zone. Senior Kevin Whaley started the run with a triple and was followed by bombs from Watson and Oursler. That run left the Spartan lead at 71-40 with 9:44 remaining.
The York lead eventually grew to as many as 39 late in the game before the Spartans settled for the 34 point win.
Watson was a very efficient 4-for-5 from the floor including a pair of treys while he also went 5-for-6 from the line en route to his 15-point performance. Oursler set a new career-high for the second time in three games as he tallied 14 points in a mere 13 minutes of work. Oursler was 5-for-5 from the floor including four triples. Junior Paul Kouvaris added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds in just 15 minutes while Mitch Kemp came off the bench to drain 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting including three three-point field goals. Sophomore Jeremy Skoloda was the fifth Spartan in double figures with 10 points while he also had four rebounds and three assists.
Maurice Williams led the Bobcats with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Williams also had six rebounds and two assists. Brain Anderson and Ogg each added 10 points to the Bobcat offense.
The Spartans tied their season-high shooting percentage as they went 32-for-57 (56.1%), the identical mark they opened the season with in their win over Lebanon Valley. York made a season-high 10 three-pointers, as they shot a season-best 58.5% from downtown. The Spartans also got it done at the free throw line as they converted 22-of-28 from the stripe, good for a season-best 78.6% clip.
The Bobcats ended the game shooting 35.1% from the floor, 42.9% (6-for-14) from three and 72.7% (16-for-22) from the line. Frostburg's 35.1% from the field is a season-low against the Green and White.
York out-rebounded their guests 35-32 while the Spartans also forced 17 turnovers, which the Green and White turned into 21 points. York committed a season-low eight turnovers in the win.
The Spartan bench dominated the Bobcats as 52 of York's 96 points came from the bench brigade.
The Spartans have little turnaround time, as they will hosts Gwynedd-Mercy in a non-conference contest on Monday night at Wolf Gymnasium. Tip time is set for 8:00 pm.
Mo Oursler photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)