Huge First Half Powers Spartans to Home Opening Win

Matt Scamuffo photo courtesy of Shane Guise
Matt Scamuffo photo courtesy of Shane Guise

YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball team made their 2017 home opener a successful one as they rolled past Gettysburg College 83-59 in a non-conference contest on Sunday afternoon in York. The Spartans got off to a quick start as they led 52-30 at the half. 


Game #3 – 2017-18 Home Opener

Records: York 3-0, Gettysburg 1-3

Final Score: York 83, Gettysburg 59

Field Goals: York 30-for-63, Gettysburg 24-for-61

Field Goal %: York 47.6%, Gettysburg 39.3%

Three Point FG: York 13-for-36, Gettysburg 2-for-14

Three Point FG %: York 36.1%, Gettysburg 14.3%

Free Throws: York 10-for-17, Gettysburg 9-for-15

Free Throw %: York 58.5%, Gettysburg 60%  

Rebounds: York 39, Gettysburg 41

Assists: York 24, Gettysburg 15

Blocked Shots: York 6, Gettysburg 0

Steals: York 16, Gettysburg 7


How It Happened

• The Spartans got off to a roaring start as they led 22-5 a mere 7:25 into the game. Seniors Dalton Myers and Matt Scamuffo fueled the run as Myers tallied nine points while Scamuffo hit a pair of threes.

• Scamuffo pushed the lead to 28 with a three pointer with 6:01 left as York led 39-11. The Bullets cut the lead to 22 on a pair of Nick Lord three pointers but York ended the half on a 10 run to push the lead to 32 at the break. York's run was powered by Blayde Reich as the senior forward notched six points as the Green and White took a commanding 52-20 lead to the break.

• The Spartans reached 50 points at the half for the third time this year as they are averaging 54 points in the first half so far this year. York shot 57.1% in the first half while they held Gettysburg to just 20 points, their best defensive half of the campaign. The Green and White held the Bullets to just 26.7% shooting from the floor in the half.

• The Spartans maintained their lead between 27 and 32 points over the first ten minutes of the second half. The large lead enabled head coach Matt Hunter to substitute liberally, giving his entire bench another opportunity for quality minutes. The Bullets would cut their deficit to 19 with 4:43 left in the game before York settled for the 24-point win.


Spartan Leaders

Matt Scamuffo: 21 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 8-for-11 FG, 5-for-8 3 PT FG, 17 minutes

Dalton Myers: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 6-for-8 FG, 1-for-3 3 PT FG, 2-for-3 FT, 17 minutes

Blayde Reich: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal, 5-for-11 FG, 3-for-6 FT, 21 minutes

Jared Wagner: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3-for-4 FG, 1-for-1 3 PT FG, 2-for-2 FT, 17 minutes


Gettysburg Leaders

Nick Lord: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steals, 4-for-12 FG, 2-for-5 3PT FG, 4-for-4 FT, 28 minutes

Matt England: 10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 5-for-8 FG, 29 minutes

Joey Carroll: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 15 minutes


Game Notes:

The Spartans have won three straight in the series as they now hold a 14-13 edge in the all-time series … York is 4-2 against Gettysburg under head coach Matt Hunter … seniors Matt Scamuffo and Dalton Myers continue to climb up the career scoring chart … Scamuffo now has 1,070 points as he passed Bob Klingseisen for 20th place on the list … Scamuffo is now 13 points away from passing Jason Saurbaugh (1996-2000) for 18th on the list … Myers now has 1,057 points as he is four points away from passing Klingseisen for 21st on the list … Scamuffo's five three pointers in the game push his career total to 177, seven back from Johnny Baer in fifth place on the all-time list … freshman Chris Tracy blocked his first two career shots in his three minutes of action on Sunday … junior Jason Bady set a new career-high with six assists in the win … Bady also had four steals, four rebounds, and a blocked shot in his 20 minutes of work … freshman Dontae Johnson set a new career high with five rebounds in his 17 minutes of work … the 21 points for Scamuffo marks the second time this season he has gone over 20 points and it's the 17th time in his Spartan career that he has reached that mark in a game … the Spartans led by 32 points at the half and that's the second time this year they have had a lead of 25 points or more at the break … York has held a halftime lead in all three games for the year … the Spartans are averaging 89.3 points per game … the Spartans have outscored their three opponents 162-96 in the first half … York shot a season-best 57.1% from the floor in the first 20 minutes of the game while they also went 7-for-15 from three in the first half … York has made at least seven threes in the first half in all three contests this year … York got outrebounded for the first time this year as Gettysburg held a plus two on the glass for the game … York entered the game averaging a plus-12 on the glass for the year … the Spartans made a season-high 13 three pointers as they have now made 34 three pointers in three games … York shot a season-worst 58.5% (10-for-17) from the free throw line in the win … York has 69 assists and 48 turnovers for the year … 69 of York's 99 field goals have been assisted … York recorded a season-high 16 steals as they are averaging over 11 thefts per game … York is averaging five blocked shots per game.


Up Next:

The Spartans head back out on the road to begin Capital Athletic Conference play with a trip to Wentworth Gymnasium to face the Wesley Wolverines. The game will be the final regular season trip to Dover to face the Wolverines as Wesley is leaving the CAC next year for a yet unnamed conference. The game will be the second game of a CAC doubleheader. The women tip off at 6:00 pm followed by the men at 8:00 pm.