Spartans Earn National Ranking for the First Time Since 2006

Spartan huddle photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Spartan huddle photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball team, on the strength of their 83-79 win over #12 Swarthmore on Wednesday, entered the Top 25 as announced on Monday evening. The Spartans enter the poll at 25 as they totaled 68 points, up from 14 in last week's rankings.

The Spartans are making their first poll appearance since the 2005-06 season. The Spartans finished that season ranked 18th as they went 25-4 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans began that season ranked sixth in the preseason and peaked at fourth in the February 19, 2006 poll.

York heads into their non-conference game Tuesday night at Dickinson with an overall record of 8-0. They are one of 14 teams in all of Division III who are still unbeaten for the campaign.

Spartan head coach Matt Hunter is pleased to see his team get rewarded for their play to start the season.

"I am happy for our guys to get recognized for what they have done to this point," says Hunter. "However, our focus continues to be how we can get better today. We need to have a good practice tonight and then go out and play well tomorrow against Dickinson. Our guys have had exceptional focus all season on getting better each day."

The Spartans sit alone at 4-0 at the top of the Capital Athletic Conference. The Green and White leads the CAC in scoring (86.5 points per game), while they also lead the league in field goal percentage (49.4%), and assists per game (20.3). York is second in steals per game (9.3) and blocked shots per game (5.3). Nationally, York is ranked seventh in assists per game, 16th in blocked shots per game, 28th in field goal percentage, 34th in scoring margin and 36th in scoring offense.

York is paced by their three seniors as Blayde Reich, Dalton Myers, and Matt Scamuffo have paced the Green and White all year. Reich leads the Spartans in scoring and rebounding as the forward is averaging 19.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 56.3% from the floor, 36% from three and 70.7% from the free throw line. Myers is adding 18.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Myers is shooting 57% from the field, 45.2% from three, and 75.8% from the line. Scamuffo is chipping in with 13.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Scamuffo is hitting 50% of his shots including 40.4% of his 57 attempts from three. Sophomore Jared Wagner is York's fourth scorer averaging double figures as he is contributing 10.3 points per game. Wagner is York's top passer as he has dished out 34 assists in eight games while he also leads the team with 21 steals. Wagner is second in the CAC in assists per game while he leads the league in steals per game.

The Spartans have a challenging slate to close out December. They head to Carlisle to face the Dickinson Red Devils on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Dickinson is receiving votes in the poll as they got six votes in this week's voting.

York then takes the Christmas holiday off before returning to action against #2 Middlebury in the opening round of the Washington and Lee Men's Basketball Holiday Tournament. That game from Lexington will tip off at 4:00 pm on December 29. The winner of that game will play in the tournament championship on Saturday, December 30 against the winner of the Washington & Lee and Clarks Summitt game.

York is 2-0 so far this year against nationally ranked opponents as they defeated then-#24 Scranton 84-70 on November 18 and then-#12 Swarthmore 83-79 on Wednesday night in York.