SALISBURY, MD – In their first appearance in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinals since 2012, the Spartans dropped a heart breaking 86-80 double overtime loss to second seeded Salisbury University on Thursday night in Salisbury, Maryland. The Sea Gulls advanced to the CAC Championship where they will face top seeded Christopher Newport on Saturday afternoon in Newport News.
York (Pa.): 17-10 (#3 Seed)
#20 Salisbury: 20-6 (#2 Seed)
FG Shooting (%): York 28-for-73 (38.4%), Salisbury 27-for-71 (38.0%)
Three Point Shooting (%): York 5-for-25 (20.0%), Salisbury 8-for-34 (23.5%)
Free Throw Shooting (%): York 19-for-26 (73.1%), Salisbury 24-for-38 (63.2%)
Rebounding: York 44, Salisbury 54
Assists: York 11, Salisbury 15
Turnovers: York 13, Salisbury 13
Blocked Shots: York 1, Salisbury 1
Steals: York 6, Salisbury 6
• The opening minutes of the game resembled a pair of boxers shooting jabs at each other to get the feel for the game. Both teams were cold from the field early but Salisbury starting hitting some shots as they pushed out to a 17-11 lead. York clawed back and took a 25-24 lead after a 6-0 spurt. Jared Wagner hit a pair of free throws followed by layups from Jason Bady and Zack Galic to fuel the run. The Sea Gulls answered with seven straight points of their own to take a 31-25 lead but Matt Scamuffo drained a three from the corner with five seconds left in the half to cut York's halftime deficit to 31-28.
• York came roaring out of the half as they smacked the Sea Gulls with a quick 7-0 run featuring a lay up and three from Scamuffo. The York lead grew to 37-32, their largest advantage of the game. The Sea Gulls battled back and tied the game at 41 with 12:07 left in regulation.
• The Gulls build their lead to five twice in the next six minutes with the final time being at 56-51 with 6:29. The Spartans scored six straight points as Wagner hit four straight free throws followed by a lay up to give York their final lead of regulation at 57-56 with 5:23 left.
• The Sea Gulls recaptured the lead and held that lead until Wyatt Smith fouled Blayde Reich with 4.9 seconds left in regulation and Salisbury up two. Reich calmly sank both free throws to tie the game at 67. The Sea Gulls got an off balance attempt from Smith but it missed the mark as the teams went to an extra session.
• Smith opened the scoring in the first overtime but Jason Bady tied the game at 69 with a nice driving lay up at the 2:55 mark. Reich then converted a three-point play to put York up 72-69 with 1:57 left in the first overtime. The Spartans had back-to-back chances to push the lead to five but a missed lay up and a turnover thwarted the chance to increase the lead. Salisbury senior Justin Witmer canned a pair of free throws to trim York's lead to 72-71. Scamuffo split a pair of free throws with 44 seconds left and York actually rebounded the miss but the Spartans turned it over and Jack Ferguson drilled a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game at 73. The Spartans had the possession with 22.8 seconds left with a chance to win the game. Scamuffo was whistled for a phantom moving screen, giving Salisbury the ball and a chance to win. Chad Barcikowski had a chance from 30 feet that looked like it was half way down before popping out as the teams headed to a second overtime.
• The teams traded baskets to start the second overtime but the Gulls took the lead for good on a Gordon Jeter lay up with 3:57 left. That would be the last time Salisbury would need to shoot the ball from the floor until the end. Spartans would take a 78-77 lead on a Jason Bady lay up but Salisbury went 6-for-6 from the line over the next minute to take an 83-78 lead as York just went cold from the floor. Bady hit another lay up to draw to within three but missed the ensuing free throw, forcing York to foul. York got a pair of missed free throws from Jordan Brooks but the Sea Gulls got a pair of offensive rebounds that essentially ended the game. Jeter hit a lay up with 16 seconds left as York was on a full out press to provide for the final six-point margin.
Blayde Reich: 21 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 6-for-17 from the floor, 9-for-9 from the FT line
Jason Bady: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot
Jared Wagner: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Matt Scamuffo: 16 points, 2 rebounds
SEA GULL LEADERS
Gordon Jeter: 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Wyatt Smith: 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Justin Witmer: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Jack Ferguson: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist
The Sea Gulls lead the all-time series 40-36 as they captured two of three in the season series … the home team won all three games during the season … York advanced to the CAC semifinals for the first time since they won the championship in 2011-12 … York is now 0-5 all-time against Salisbury in the CAC tournament … sophomore Jason Bady ended his second year in the Green and White with a career-high 19 points as he was 9-for-20 from the floor … Bady also had four rebounds, four assists, a pair of steals and a blocked shot … Blayde Reich continued to make a strong case for All-CAC consideration as he poured in 21 points and pulled in 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year … his first double-double of the year came in the game at Mary Washington as he had 24 points and 11 boards against the Eagles … Jared Wagner concluded his outstanding freshman campaign with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals … Wagner came into the game leading the CAC in assists per game and steals per game as he should get serious consideration for CAC Rookie-of-the-Year honors … York got bounced on the boards for the third straight game as Salisbury held a 10-carom margin over the Spartans … York got outrebounded by 48 rebounds in their last three games … Salisbury turned York's 13 miscues into 22 points but York dominated scoring in the paint with a 46-32 margin … junior Matt Scamuffo finished the year with nine straight games of double figures as he finished the year leading the time in scoring at 16.0 points per game … York will return their top four scorers next season … the Spartans were picked a distant fifth in the preseason coaches poll but far surpassed expectations with their third place finish in the league.
The loss ends the season for the Spartans. Coach Matt Hunter returns his entire squad with the exception of senior Brad Wesner. Wesner ends his Spartan career having played in 100 games with 633 points, 117 three-point field goals including a career-high 51 this year, 151 rebounds, 136 assists and 53 steals. He provided the Spartans with outstanding leadership as he helped shepherd in a new era of Spartan men's basketball.