Spartan Men Remain Perfect with Win at Marymount

Matt Scamuffo photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Matt Scamuffo photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

ARLINGTON, VA – The York College men's basketball team kept their early season roll going as the Spartans remained perfect with an 88-76 Capital Athletic Conference road win at Marymount on Saturday afternoon in Arlington, VA.

The final score was much closer than the game really was as York held a 24-point lead with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. The Spartans improve to 7-0 for the first time in the 49 year history of the men's basketball program.


Game #7

Records: York 7-0 (4-0 CAC), MU 3-5 (2-2 CAC)

Final Score: York 88, MU 76

Field Goals: York 34-for-63, MU 28-for-49

Field Goal %: York 54%, MU 57.1%

Three Point FG: York 12-for-22, MU 8-for-17

Three Point FG %: York 54.5%, MU 47.1%

Free Throws: York 8-for-12, MU 12-for-21  

Free Throw %: York 66.7%, MU 57.1%   

Rebounds: York 32, MU 26

Assists: York 18, MU 12

Blocked Shots: York 4, MU 4

Steals: York 9, MU 10


How It Happened

• The Spartans raced out to an early 13-2 lead as senior Matt Scamuffo buried a pair of threes in the opening three minutes of the game to push York to the early lead.  The Saints regained their balance and cut the Spartan lead to three at 15-12. York responded with an 11-1 run fueled by back-to-back-to-back three pointers. Senior Blayde Reich hit the first two triples followed by a three from junior Mike Frauenheim as the Spartans seized control of the game.

• The Saints trimmed the York led to 10 but the Green and White answered with a 13-2 run that pushed the lead to 21 at 39-18 with 4:30 left in the half. Marymount made one more first half charge, closing the gap to 13 but York ripped off a 9-0 run to end the half as the Green and White took a 50-28 lead to the break.

• York capitalized on Marymount's 15 first half turnovers as York scored 25 points off those miscues. York also held a 22-12 advantage in points in the paint in the opening 20 minutes of play.

• York maintained their lead between 16 and 24 points the first ten minutes of the second half. Marymount cut York's lead to 13 at the midway through the half but the Spartans again answered with a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 20.

• The Spartans pushed the lead to 24 at 88-64 with 2:52 left in the game. The Green and White would then go to the bench and the Saints would outscore York 12-0 over the final two and a half minutes of the game to provide for a deceptive final score in a game that York dominated from the start.


Spartan Leaders

Matt Scamuffo: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 8-for-12 FG, 4-for-8 3PT FG, 1-for-2 FT

Blayde Reich: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 8-for-15 FG, 2-for-3 3PT FG, 3-for-3 FT

Jason Bady: 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot, 6-for-10 FG, 1-for-2 3PT FG, 1-for-2 FT

Dalton Myers: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blocked shot, 5-for-12 FG, 2-for-4 3PT FG, 2-for-3 FT


Marymount  Leaders

Dimitri Rucker: 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 8-for-12 FG, 2-for-7 FT

Taiga Walker: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 5-for-9 FG, 1-for-1 3PT FG, 2-for-2 FT

Josh Giardina: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 5-for-7 FG, 3-for-5 3PT FG


Game Notes:

The Spartans hold a 33-32 lead in the all-time series against the Saints as they have now won two straight in the series and two straight at the Verizon Sports Arena in Arlington … the Spartans improve to 4-0 in the league for the first time in school history … the Spartans scored at least 50 points in the first half for the fifth time this season … York has gone over 80 points in six of seven games this year after reaching that milestone ten times in 27 games last year … the Spartans finished the game shooting 54% from the floor, the fourth time they have been over 50% this year … Marymount shot 57.1% from the field, the highest percentage by an opponent this year … York canned 12 threes in the win, up from their season low of four in the Wednesday night victory over Frostburg State … the 12 free throw attempts are the second lowest total of the year for York as they got just 11 attempts in the win over Scranton … York had more turnovers than assists for just the second time this year … the four blocked shots tied York's lowest total of the year … York won the battle on the glass for the fifth time this year … senior Matt Scamuffo reached 20 points for the third time this year after being held to 15 total points in his last three games … Scamuffo now has 1,106 points as he sits 20th on the all-time scoring list, five points back of Jeff Landis in 19th place … with his four three pointers in the win, Scamuffo now has 183 three pointers, as he is one back of tying Johnny Baer for fifth on the all-time list … Dalton Myers continues his climb up the all-time scoring list as he now has 1,130 points as he is 18th on the all-time scoring list … Myers is 19 points away from tying Todd Witmer for 17th place on the all-time list … Myers blocked another shot as he now has 74 for his career as he is three back of tying Brian Singer for third on the all-time list … senior Blayde Reich now has 66 career blocks as he is fifth on all-time list behind Myers … Reich has now reached double figures in all seven games this year as he leads the Spartans in scoring at 20.3 points per game while his CAC scoring average is 22.8 points per game … junior Jason Bady has reached double figures in three of this last four games including a season-high 14 points in the win over the Saints … Bady is averaging 11.3 points per game in CAC play.


Up Next:

The Spartans return home on Wednesday night as they will host Swarthmore in a highly anticipated non-conference match up. The Garnet enter the game with a record of 8-0 as they are ranked 14th in the nation according to Tip time will be 8:00 pm following the women's contest against #20 Scranton at 6:00 pm.

Audio Highlights courtesy of Darrell Henry - the Voice of the Spartans