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Spartans Ride Big Second Half to Down Marymount on Sunday

Jared Wagner photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Jared Wagner photo courtesy of Scott Guise

YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball team snapped their two-game losing streak with an 85-62 win over Marymount University in the final game of the 2020 York College Spartan Classic on Sunday afternoon at Charles Wolf Gymnasium. The Spartans opened the second half with a 23-8 run to blow open a close game.

The victory was the 100th career Spartan win for head coach Matt Hunter.

 

Records

York (Pa.): 9-4

Marymount (Va.): 7-6

 

Team Stats

Score: York 85, Marymount 62

FG: York 31-for-54 (57.4%), Marymount 23-for-57 (40.4%)

3PT FG: York 8-for-20 (40.0%), Marymount 3-for-18 (16.7%)

FT: York 15-for-27 (55.6%), Marymount 13-for-19 (68.4%)

Rebounds: York 39, Marymount 30

Assists: York 21, Marymount 10

Turnovers: York 23, Marymount 20

Blocked Shots: York 6, Marymount 0

Steals: York 8, Marymount 12

 

How It Happened:

• The Spartans got off to a rough start early as the Saints sprinted out to a 7-2 lead. The Spartans responded with a 14-2 run to take a 16-9 run. Marymount answered with a 12-0 run of their own to take a five-point lead.

• The Saints held the lead until Riley Dobraniecki drilled a three-pointer with 4:37 left in the first half. York held onto the lead until Marymount took their final lead of the game on a LaDarius McCord fast break layup with 1:57 left in the stanza. York closed out the first half with an 8-0 run capped by a Jared Wagner three with three seconds left on the clock. That would be a harbinger of the start of the second half for the Spartans.

• York came out the break and put a stranglehold on the game. York fashioned a 21-4 run over the first seven minutes of the half as the lead grew to 24. The run was powered by junior David Giuliani as he scored the first eight points of the half. Senior Joe Polczynski drilled two threes to keep the run going. Travis Stoll capped the run with a three pointer from the corner as the Spartan offense was rolling.

• Marymount battled back, cutting the York lead to 15 twice in the final ten minutes but each time the Spartans answered with runs to push the lead back into the 20s. The Spartans finished the game with 85 points, a mark they have reached or bettered nine times during the year.

 

Spartan Leaders:

Jared Wagner: 23 points, 11 assists, 6 steals, 3 rebounds

David Giuliani: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal

Joe Polczynski: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists

Travis Stoll: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocked shots

 

Saint Leaders:

Steve Eitienne: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 assist

Ibrahim Kamara: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

LaDarius McCord: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals

 

Notes:

The Spartans improve to 37-32 all-time against the Saints … York has won four straight in the series … the win was the 100th for Spartan head coach Matt Hunter … the Spartan mentor has the program rolling as York is 73-27 over the last three-plus seasons coinciding with the mark of the current Spartan senior class … the Spartans shot 57.4% from the floor for the game, their third highest mark of the campaign (59.6% vs. Ohio Wesleyan and 59.3% at Gwynedd Mercy) … York is 14th in Division III in field goal percentage … York had a season-high 23 turnovers which Marymount turned into 31 points … the Spartans had 42 turnovers over the weekend after having just 18 in the games at Wooster versus Ohio Wesleyan and #6 Marietta … the Spartans won the battle of the board for the first time in three games … York notched over 20 assists for the fourth time this year … the Spartan defense recorded six blocked shots, their second-highest total of the campaign … the Saints shot just 40.4% from the floor as they are the eighth Spartan opponent to be held below 45% shooting in a game … Marymount notched 12 steals in the game, tying Albertus Magnus for the most by an opponent against the Spartans this year … senior Jared Wagner recorded his fifth double-double of the year with 23 points and 11 assists … it's the fourth time this year the national leader in overall assists has reached double figures in the category … in the win, Wagner passed Julian Watson on the all-time scoring list as he is now 16th all-time with 1,219 points … junior David Giuliani capped an outstanding weekend as he recorded his second straight double-double as he tied a career-high he set on Saturday with 12 rebounds … of Giuliani's 12 rebounds on Sunday, 10 came on the defensive end … Giuliani's 21 points tied his career-high set on December 1 against Franklin & Marshall … freshman Logan Collins made his first career start as senior Darin Gordon was unavailable to play due to illness … sophomore Sean Kelly tied his career-high with seven points as he canned a career-high four free throws in addition to a three pointer … sophomore Travis Stoll had eight points and three rebounds off the bench in the win … Stoll tied his career-high with three made field goals … Stoll also registered a career-high with two blocks in the win.

 

Up Next

The Spartans next head into Capital Athletic Conference play as the Green and White heads to Newport News, Virginia on Friday evening as they square off against league favorite Christopher Newport. Tip time for the conference opener at the Freeman Center is set for 5:30 pm.