YORK, PA – The seventh ranked York College men's basketball team got back on track as the Spartans got off to a fast start and never looked back in an 81-58 Capital Athletic Conference win over Marymount University on Saturday in York.
The Spartans, who entered the game with a two game losing streak, snapped that streak with a big first half as York recaptured first place in the CAC. Senior Blayde Reich made the day complete as he became the 24th member of the 1,000 career point club with his lay up with 11:34 left in the first half. The game is also the final regular season meeting as conference opponents as the Saints are departing for a new conference in July.
Records: #7 York 17-2 (10-2 CAC), Marymount 6-13 (5-7 CAC)
Final Score: York 81, Marymount 58
Field Goals: York 31-for-56, Marymount 19-for-57
Field Goal %: York 55.4%, Marymount 33.3%
Three Point FG: York 6-for-15, Marymount 7-for-22
Three Point FG %: York 40%, Marymount 31.8%
Free Throws: York 13-for-17, Marymount 13-for-21
Free Throw %: York 76.5%, Marymount 61.9%
Rebounds: York 38, Marymount 30
Assists: York 23, Marymount 9
Blocked Shots: York 3, Marymount 4
Turnovers: York 16, Marymount 17
Steals: York York 10, Marymount 7
How It Happened
• The Spartans could not have gotten off to a better start coming off the challenging three-game road trip. The Spartans used the first six minutes to forge an 18-6 lead as York put their foot on the gas pedal early.
• Senior Blayde Reich joined the Spartan elite when he hit a short jumper in the lane for his 1,000th career point. The bucket came with 11:34 left in the first half. Reich needed eight points coming into the game and wasted little time in reaching the milestone as those eight points came on just four shots.
• Marymount cut the Spartan lead to eight on a Kiran Durant free throw with 9:31 left in the first half. York answered with seven straight points, pushing the lead to 15 at 31-16 with 7:35 left in the opening half.
• The Spartans scored eight of the final nine points of the half as they took a 47-25 lead to the half. Senior Matt Scamuffo drained a three pointer from the right corner with three seconds left in the half to give York the 22-point halftime lead.
• Marymount got off to a good start in the second half as the Saints began stanza on a 7-1 spurt. However, the Spartans got back on track and pushed the lead back into the 20's. Durant hit a three followed by a lay up to cut York's lead to 57-39 but York responded with an 8-0 run, pushing the lead to 26 with 8:53 left in the game.
• York eventually increased the lead to a game-high 31 (76-45) on a Joey Polczynski lay up with 4:58 left in the game. The Saints, much like the first meeting, outscored the Spartans late to close the scoring gap. This time, Marymount outscored York 13-5 over the final four minutes to provide for the final 23 point Spartan margin of victory.
Blayde Reich: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Dalton Myers: 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 blocked shot
Zach Novick: 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
Matt Scamuffo: 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Joey Polczynski: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Kiran Durant: 13 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals
Brandon Rogers: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 4 steals, 4-for-8 3PT FG
Ibrahim Kamara: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Ryan Albert: 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
The Spartans have won three straight against the Saints as they now lead the all-time series 34-32 … York swept the regular season series against the Saints … senior Blayde Reich now has 1,009 points as he ranks 23rd on the all-time list … Reich joins Dalton Myers and Matt Scamuffo on the 1,000 career point list … Myers now ranks 11th with 1,327 points as he passed former Spartan standout Paul Kouvaris, who was in attendance on Saturday, for 11th place in the Saturday's win … Scamuffo now has 1,259 points as he sits in 14th place … Reich, Myers, and Scamuffo all reached 1,000 career points in games at Wolf Gymnasium … Reich and Scamuffo got their 1,000th point in wins while Myers milestone came in a loss … the Spartans now own sole possession of first place in the CAC as Mary Washington knocked off Salisbury in the Maggs Center on Saturday, giving York a one game cushion in the standings … Salisbury is now tied with Christopher Newport for second place (9-3) while Mary Washington is two games out of first (8-4) … York is now 7-0 at Wolf Gym this year … the Spartans are now 13-1 when leading at the half … the Spartans finished the game shooting 55.4% from the floor, that's the ninth time this year they have been over 50% from the floor in a game … the 55.4% is their best shooting game of the year, edging the 55.0% they shot at Wesley on November 29 … Marymount finished the game shooting 33.3% and that's the sixth time they have held an opponent below 40% shooting in a game … the 33.3% is the second lowest opponent shooting percentage of the year … York's 23 assists are the sixth time this year the Spartans have gone over 20 assists in a game … sophomore Jared Wagner played 24 minutes in the win, the most on the squad as every healthy Spartan got at least four minutes in the win … Reich got his 17 points in just 20 minutes of action … junior Jared Noble tallied a career-high seven points as he was 3-for-3 from the floor including 1-for-1 from three … sophomore Zach Novick added a season-high eight points and a career-high eight rebounds in his 16 minutes of action … junior Nolan Smith set a new career high as a Spartan has he hit a pair of threes for six points in nine minutes of play … sophomore Joey Polczynski has continued his strong play as he tallied eight points and six rebounds in his 22 minutes of court time … Polczynski is averaging 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his last four games … Wagner dished out five assists and collected four steals in the win … Wagner has five assists or more in ten games while he also has four steals or more in four games … the game kicks off a three-game home stand as York will play five of their final seven regular season games at home.
The Spartans continue their three-game home stand with a game against Wesley College on Wednesday night in Wolf Gymnasium. The CAC contest is set for an 8:00 pm tip off.