January 18, 2014

Short-Handed Spartans Fall at Southern Virginia

BUENA VISTA, VA  - The short-handed York College men's basketball team dropped an 82-64 non-conference decision at Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon in Buena Vista, Virginia.

The Knights improve to 4-7 while the Spartans fall to 2-13.

The Knights took control of the game early thanks to some hot outside shooting. Southern Virginia pushed out to an 18-8 lead just over six minutes into the game. After Mike Mathews (Newark, Del./Salesianum) hit a bucket to draw York to within eight, the Knights reeled off eight straight points to push the lead to 16.

York cut their deficit to 13 on another Mathews bucket but Southern Virginia outscored York 15-7 over the final 7:26 of the half to take at 45-24 lead to the break.

The Knights were sizzling from the field in the first half as they shot 57.7% (15-for-26) from the floor including 5-for-9 (55.6%) from distance. The Knights also did some damage from the free throw line, converting 10-for-11 from the stripe. Conversely, the Spartans couldn't buy a bucket as they shot 30% from the floor in the first 20 minutes of play.

The second half was much of the same as York could never significantly cut into the large Southern Virginia lead. The Spartans got to within 16 on a Brad Wesner (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) three at the 9:34 mark but the Knights quickly pushed the lead back to 21 as they cruised to the 18-point win.

The Knights placed five players in double figures led by Chris Baker as he registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Baker also added seven assists and four steals. Preston Eaton added 15 points and four rebounds while Wesley Evans and Michael Price each recorded 14 points. Cody Hosier was the fifth Knight in double figures with 11 points.

The Spartans were powered by Mathews as the senior tallied 14 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots. Mathews was 6-for-12 from the field including one three while he was also 1-for-2 from the line. Wesner tallied a career-high 11 points including a trio of treys. Senior guard B.J. Enck (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) was the third Spartan in double figures with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Turnovers haunted the Spartans in the game as York committed 22 miscues, which led to 26 Southern Virginia points. The Knights also held a 37-30 advantage on the glass.

Southern Virginia finished the game shooting 49.2% from the floor while they went 9-for-21 (42.9%) from three. The Knights converted 15-of-17 (88.2%) from the stripe. York shot 42.6% from the field in the loss.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday night when they host Frostburg State University in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Tip time is scheduled for 8:00 pm.

Brad Wesner photo courtesy of David Sinclair