Spartans Send Seniors Off with 86-82 Win

Spartans Send Seniors Off with 86-82 Win

YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball team celebrated Senior Day with an 86-82 win over Southern Virginia University in the Spartans' 2013-14 season finale.

The Spartans improve to 5-20 overall while the Knights fall to 6-16 with the loss.

The Green and White honored their three seniors, Matt McNeely (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), B.J. Enck (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco), and Mike Mathews (Newark, Del./Salesianum), prior to the game and the seniors didn't disappoint the crowd in their final games in Spartan uniforms.

The Spartans got off to a quick start with a 7-2 lead with Mathews scoring four points in the good start. The Green and White eventually built the lead to seven on a pair of McNeely free throws at the 13:14 mark.

Southern Virginia went on a 10-2 run to take an 18-17 lead with 10:34 on the clock. The two teams would go back and forth over the next five minutes before the Spartans fashioned a 12-1 run to take a 39-29 lead with 1:24 left in the half. The Spartans would maintain that 10-point advantage heading to the half.

The Knights came out of the intermission and slowly cut into the Spartan lead until they finally pulled even on a pair of Preston Eaton free throws with 10:45 left in the game.

The teams would continue to see-saw back and forth as there were six ties and seven lead changes over the next seven minutes. The Spartans gained control of the game with an 8-2 run that turned a one-point deficit into a seven-point lead with 1:15 left in the game.

That would set up a wild final minute of play. The Knights trailed 83-77 on a pair of Brad Wesner (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) free throws with just 39 seconds left in the game. Southern Virginia trimmed that lead in half on the ensuing possession as Wesley Evans canned a quick three to put the pressure on the Spartans.

After a timeout and an SVU foul, Wesner split a pair of free throws to push the York lead to four with 31 seconds left. Evans hit a put back lay up with 17 seconds left and the Spartans almost turned the ball over on the following inbound play but got a good break to maintain possession. Wesner cashed out two more free throw attempts with seven seconds left to secure the win for York.

McNeely had a monster game in his final contest as a Spartan. He poured in a career-high 29 points, as he was 7-for-8 from the floor and 13-for-14 from the free throw line. He grabbed six rebounds and blocked a pair of shots as he made his final game a memorable one.

Mathews recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Enck added six points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal to close out his career. Freshman Joey Feinberg (New City, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep) added six points, six rebounds, and six assists and a pair of steals in his 34 minutes of action. Wesner recorded nine points in 16 minutes for York.

The Knights placed five players in double figures led by Chris Baker as the guard tallied 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots. Baker was 6-for-17 from the floor, 2-for-8 from three and 6-for-7 from the line. Eaton added 18 points and four rebounds while Kenrick Hart contributed 16 points. Evans recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Ben Canevari chipped in with 11 points.

York finished the game shooting 46.7% from the floor but just 2-for-11 (18.2%) from three. The Spartans went 28-for-39 (71.8%) from the free throw line. Southern Virginia shot 43.4% from the floor while they drained 7-of-23 from three. The Knights converted 23-of-31 from the free throw line.

York outrebounded the Knights 46-30 while the Spartans also held a 50-32 edge in points in the paint.

The Spartans end the season on a high note at Wolf Gymnasium where they picked up four of their five wins including the mid-February win over #6 Wesley College.

Men's Basketball Senior photo courtesy of Taylor Gamber