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Wagner Tallies Career High as #7 Spartans Reach 20 Wins

Jared Wagner photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Jared Wagner photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

MIDDLETOWN, PA – The York College men's basketball reached the 20-win mark for the fifth time in school history as the Spartans downed Penn State Harrisburg 75-64 in a Capital Athletic Conference contest in Middletown, PA.

The game, which was postponed on Wednesday, marked the fourth straight win for the Spartans as they join four other teams in the 49-year history of the men's basketball program to have won at least 20 games in a campaign.


Game #22

Records: #7 York 20-2 (13-2 CAC), PSU Harrisburg 6-16 (2-13 CAC)

Final Score: York 75, Harrisburg 64

Field Goals: York 21-for-50, Harrisburg 24-for-58

Field Goal %: York 42%, Harrisburg 41.4%

Three Point FG: York 8-for-26, Harrisburg 3-for-19

Three Point FG %: York 30.8%, Harrisburg 15.8%

Free Throws: York 25-of-27, Harrisburg 13-of-22

Free Throw %: York 92.6%, Harrisburg 59.1%

Rebounds: York 36, Harrisburg 32

Assists: York 9, Harrisburg 9

Turnovers: York 22, Harrisburg 22

Blocked Shots: York 0, Harrisburg 1

Steals: York 11, Harrisburg 11


How It Happened

• The Spartans got off to a good start in the game. York forged a 22-8 lead over the first ten minutes of the game as it looked like York might blow the Lions out of their own building. But that lead wouldn't last the remainder of the half.  The Spartans kept their lead in double digits until the Lions went on a 9-2 run to cut the York lead to 29-25 with 3:40 left in the opening half. The Spartan lead would not climb past seven the rest of the half and York needed a Dalton Myers tip in at the horn to take a 38-33 lead to the break.

• The Spartans came out of the break and got a pair of lay ups from Myers and Matt Scamuffo to take a 42-33 lead. The Lions scored 12 of the game's next 18 points to cut York's lead to one at 46-45 with 14:19 left in the game. York's lead bounced between one and three points over the next five minutes as York wouldn't lose the lead but also wouldn't be able to put the Lions away.

• The Lions cut York's lead to 58-57 one final time on a Keenan Wise three pointer with 6:31 left in the game. Sophomore point guard Jared Wagner then started a quick 7-0 spurt that gave the Spartans a 65-57 lead with 4:13 left in the game. Harrisburg cut their deficit to six on a pair of Anthony Bennett free throws but York then held the Lions to just five points over the final three minutes of the game as York closed out the game with 7-of-8 makes at the charity stripe over the final 1:50 of the game, salting away their 20th win of the year. 


Spartan Leaders

Dalton Myers: 22 points, 3 rebounds, 7-for-9 FG, 4-for-6 3PT FG, 4-for-4 FT

Jared Wagner: 21 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 4 steals, 5-for-8 FG, 11-for-13 FT

Matt Scamuffo: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 3-for-7 FG, 1-for-5 3PT FG, 4-for-4 FT

Blayde Reich: 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3-for-10 FG, 1-for-2 3PT FG, 2-for-2 FT


PSU Harrisburg Leaders

Brandon Coleman: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 7-for-15 FG, 1-for-7 3PT FG

Anthony Bennett: 14 points, 2 rebounds, 5-for-12 FG, 1-for-5 3PT FG, 3-for-8 FT

Chris Bing: 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3-for-6 FG, 3-for-5 FT


Game Notes:

The Spartans lead the all-time series 10-5 but as conference opponents …  Spartans are now 5-0 in Middletown as CAC opponents … this edition of the Spartans joins the 1994-95 Spartans (20-7), the 2001-02 squad (21-6), the 2004-05 team (28-4), and the 2005-06 edition of the team (25-4) as the five squads to have won at least 20 games in the history of the men's basketball program … the Spartans are ranked seventh in the week ten edition of the poll … York is now 9-2 on the road and 14-1 when leading at the half … York is now 16-2 when making more free throws than their opponent … the Spartans turned Harrisburg's 22 turnovers into 30 points … York won the battle on the glass for the 14th time this season … York shot a season-high 92.6% (25-for-27) from the free throw line in the win … York made over 20 free throws for the 11th time this year … York's 22 turnovers were the most since the 25 in the overtime win over Middlebury … sophomore Jared Wagner notched a new career-high with 21 points as he was 5-for-8 from the floor and 11-for-13 from the free throw line … it's the second time this season Wagner has made double digits in free throws (12-for-14 @ Dickinson) … Wagner has reached double figures in 14 games this season … Wagner also registered four steals in the win and that's the fifth time this year he has had four thefts or more in a game … senior Dalton Myers led the Spartans with 22 points and that's the ninth time this year he has eclipsed the 20 point plateau … Myers also tied his season-high with four three point field goals … Myers has been in double figures in 19 of his 21 games this year … Myers now has 1,382 points as he is 28 points away from former Spartan standout Steve Schmehl for for tenth on the all-time scoring list … Myers is also tied for 10th in career free throws made (276) and third in blocked shots (88) … Matt Scamuffo tallied 11 points in the win and he now sits 14th all-time in scoring with 1,289 points and is 17 points out of a tie for 13th place … Scamuffo is also third on the all-time three point field goals made list with 221.


Up Next:

The Spartans return to action on Saturday as they will host Salisbury University in a key Capital Athletic Conference contest. The game will tip at 3:00 pm and will be preceded by Spartan Senior Day ceremonies as Dalton Myers, Matt Scamuffo, and Blayde Reich will be recognized for their contributions to the Spartan program.  

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