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Late Macon Run Ends Fantastic Spartan Campaign in NCAA Second Round

Mike Frauenheim photo courtesy of Keith Lucas/Sideline Media Productions
Mike Frauenheim photo courtesy of Keith Lucas/Sideline Media Productions

ASHLAND, VA – The fifth ranked Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets used a game-changing 16-0 run late in the second half to pull away from the York College Spartans 78-60 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in Crenshaw Gymnasium. The Yellow Jackets advance to face Swarthmore in the Sweet 16 next Friday night. The loss concludes an outstanding season for the Spartans as the Green and White finished the campaign with a mark of 22-8.

 

Game #30 – NCAA Tournament Second Round

Final Score: York (Pa.) 60, #5 Randolph-Macon 78

Records: York 22-8, Randolph-Macon 27-3

Field Goals: York 25-of-55, RMC 28-of-55

Field Goal %: York 45.5%, RMC 50.9%

Three Point FG: York 5-of-22, RMC 9-of-20

Three Point FG %: York 22.7%, RMC 45.0%

Free Throws: York 5-of-7, RMC 13-of-20

Free Throw %: York 71.4%, RMC 65.0%

Rebounds: York 27, RMC 33

Assists: York 12, RMC 15

Turnovers: York 15, RMC 9

Blocked Shots: York 3, RMC 0

Steals: York 6, RMC 7

 

How It Happened

• The atmosphere was electric at a sold-out Crenshaw Gymnasium as the two teams went back and forth early. Neither team gained any significant traction early. The Spartans led 11-10 on a Jason Bady bucket with 15:21 left in the half. The Yellow Jackets went on a 12-4 run to take a 22-15 lead. That seven-point advantage was the biggest for either team in the first half.

• York battled back with an 11-4 spurt to tie the game at 26 with 7:03 left in the half. The defenses locked in over the final seven minutes of the half as Randolph-Macon held a slight 7-5 scoring edge in the final 6:13 as they took a 33-31 lead to the break.

• Randolph-Macon came out of the locker room on fire, hitting York with a 12-4 run to take a 10 point (45-35) lead less than three minutes into the half. York was undetered as they chipped away at the Yellow Jacket lead. The Spartans went on a 10-0 run capped by a Mike Frauenheim three pointer with 10:36 left in the game. That's when the Yellow Jackets turned the tables on the Spartans and won the game with a 16-0 run that covered six minutes. That run gave Macon a 63-49 lead as the game was decided. The Spartans wouldn't get closer than 11 the rest of the way as the Yellow Jackets closed out the win at the line.

 

Spartan Leaders

Joey Polczynski: 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3-of-6 3PT FG

Jason Bady: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

Jared Wagner: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocked shots, 3 steals

David Giuliani: 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 blocked shot

 

Yellow Jacket Leaders

Buzz Anthony: 21 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 8-for-10

Terry Woods: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Darryl Williams: 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist

Corey Bays: 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

 

Game Notes:

The meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Spartans is just their second meeting all-time as the Yellow Jackets have won both of the match ups … both meetings have come at Crenshaw Gymnasium and both have come in championship games as the Yellow Jackets beat the Spartans in the RMC Coaches Tournament championship game on December 30, 2016 … Randolph-Macon improves to 12-0 at Crenshaw Gymnasium … the game was a sell out all all three games in the tournament were sell outs … the Spartans finished the season with 22 wins and that's the fourth highest win total in school history … the Spartans reached those 22 wins despite losing three 1,000 point scorers from last year's 24 win team … the Spartans are now 6-7 all-time in six NCAA Tournament appearances … the Spartans have played 13 different opponents in the NCAA Tournament … the Spartans are now 1-2 in second round games … the Spartans are now 0-3 in true road games in the NCAA Tournament … senior Jason Bady finished his Spartan career with 1,154 points as he concludes his career 18th on the all-time scoring list … Bady finished his illustrious career fourth in steals (159), fourth in games played (110), fifth in blocked shots (80), ninth in free throw attempts (424), tenth in free throws made (315), 12th in rebounds (538), and 14th in assist (224) … Bady finished first in single season free throws made (155), third in blocked shots (36), fifth in rebounds (228), seventh in points (552), and 20th in field goals made (185) … senior Mike Frauenheim finished his career ninth all-time in assists (289), and ninth in steals (117) … Frauenheim finished the year ninth on the single-season list in minutes played (942) and 11th in assists (116) … junior Jared Wagner will enter his senior year with 973 career points as he will look to become the Spartans' 26th 1,000 point scorer next November … Wagner finished the year second in single-season minutes in school history with 1007 … He finished third in steals with 78 while he also finished fifth in free throws made (129).

 

Up Next:

The loss concludes the season for the Spartans and the careers of Jason Bady, Mike Frauenheim, and Nolan Smith. The Spartans went 73-38 over the last two years including 46-13 in the last two years. Those 46 wins are second behind the 53 wins accumulated during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

The Spartans are slated to return three starters including Jared Wagner, Joey Polczynski, and Darin Gordon as nine of the top 11 scorers return next year.