HARRISBURG, PA York College senior guard Julian Watson (5'11''-G) (Odenton, Md./Arundel) poured in a career-high 29 points while fellow senior Todd Maciejewski (6'3''-F) (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) added a career-high 22 as the Spartans rolled past Penn State Harrisburg 90-71 on Tuesday night in Harrisburg.
The Spartans have now won two straight as they improve to 3-5 overall. The Lions had their two-game win streak snapped as they fall to 4-5 for the campaign. Next year, Penn State Harrisburg joins the Spartans in the Capital Athletic Conference.
York was sloppy early as the Spartans committed turnovers on four of their first seven possessions before the offense started to kick in. The Green and White took a 10-5 lead on a Mitch Kemp (York, Pa./York Suburban) triple at the 15:41 mark.
York slowly built on the lead midway through the half as it grew to 15 on a Maciejewski tip-in at the 7:59 mark The Lions quickly cut the York lead back to 10 with a quick five point spurt. After York upped the lead again, the Lions drew to within eight at 37-29. York responded as the Spartans scored 10 of the final 16 points of the half to take a 47-35 lead to the break.
The Green and White maintained the lead in double digits for first ten minutes of the second half, building it to a high of 15 at 55-40. Penn State Harrisburg kept fighting, not allowing York to pull away any further as the Lions kept within striking distance. The Lions trimmed the York lead to eight at 72-64 but York went on a 13-3 run, pushing the lead to 18, essentially putting the game away. The Spartans would finish with a 19-point bulge, their highest margin of victory for the year.
Watson and Maciejewski were nothing short of fantastic for York. Watson's career-high 29 came on a very efficient 8-of-11 from the field including a career-high 13-of-16 from the free throw line. He added four rebounds and four assists in his 38 minutes of work. Maciejewski was also great as he tallied his 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting while he also went 4-for-6 from the line. Maciejewski pulled in 18 rebounds, four short of the school record, while 13 of his 18 rebounds came on the offensive end.
Senior Jeremy Skoloda (Leola, Pa./Conestoga) played well for York with 13 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Kemp was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 10 points.
Thristan Lunday came off the bench to power the Lions with 20 points and eight rebounds. Lunday was 8-for-13 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line in his 25 minutes of action. Jordan Gatchell added 16 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals while William Doyle was the third Lion in double figures with 11 points.
The Spartans shot well from the field, converting a 46.6% clip in the win. York was a pedestrian 3-for-10 from distance but went to the free throw line 43 times, converting 33, good for a 76.7% conversion rate. The 43 free throw attempts are just three less than they have attempted in their last three games combined. The 33 made free throws match their combined total from their last three contests.
The Lions shot 46.3% from the field while they went 5-for-17 (29.4%) from beyond the arc. Harrisburg went 16-for-21 (76.2%) from the line.
The Spartans held a huge advantage on the glass, outrebounding their hosts 42-22. That allowed York to hold a 21-8 edge in second chance points while the Green and White also had a 38-28 margin in points in the paint. While the rebounds didn't give York a big disparity in total shots (58 to 54), it did allow Spartans extra possessions, which manifested itself into a big free throw margin (43 to 21).
The Spartans will return to action on Friday, December 21 when they face Kalamazzo College in the opening round of the Rhodes College Crowne Plaza Tournament. Tip time from Memphis, Tennessee is set for 5:00 pm. Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com
Arte Culver named head men's basketball coach at Covenant - 24 days ago
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Covenant Director of Athletics Tim Sceggel has announced the hiring of Arte Culver as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach. Culver becomes the 11th coach in the program's history since 1964, replacing Kyle Taylor who resigned his position as head coach and Athletic Director to become the Director of Player Development at Division I Utah State. "I am honored and blessed to serve as the head men's basketball coach at Covenant. I am thankful to President Dr. J. Derek Halvorson and Athletic Di... [read more]
Covenant Director of Athletics Tim Sceggel has announced the hiring of Arte Culver as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach. Culver becomes the 11th coach in the program's history since 1964, replacing Kyle Taylor who resigned his position as head coach and Athletic Director to become the Director of Player Development at Division I Utah State. "I am honored and blessed to serve as the head men's basketball coach at Covenant. I am thankful to President Dr. J. Derek Halvorson and Athletic Director Tim Sceggel for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead this men's basketball program. Their trust and support have been phenomenal," Culver said. "Covenant offers a unique combination of strong academics in a genuine Christian atmosphere, and these things became all the more evident as I began to familiarize myself with the school and basketball program. The men's basketball program has experienced a lot of growth in the past couple of seasons, and I believe that we have not hit our ceiling yet. I am extremely excited to make an impact in the lives of our players as we seek to take Covenant Men's Basketball to new heights." Culver comes to Covenant after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Wheaton (Ill.) College under head coach Mike Schauer. At Wheaton, Culver assisted in all areas of the program and served as the recruiting coordinator. Prior to Wheaton, Culver spent one year as the scholastic coordinator and video coordinator at NCAA Division I member Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In his duties at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Culver oversaw all academic aspects of the men's basketball program and coordinated video scouting. "I am beyond excited to bring a man of Arte's quality to lead our men's basketball program," Sceggel said. "His gifts in discipleship and recruiting, along with his relentless pursuit of excellence, make him a great fit for Covenant. I can't wait to see how God will use Arte to shape the lives of young men in the context of basketball in the years ahead." Prior to his tenure at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Culver served one year as an assistant basketball coach and math teacher at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. Culver also served one year as the head varsity basketball coach at Rosehill Christian School in Tomball, Texas, while teaching algebra and geometry classes. Culver is a 2006 graduate of Rice University, earning a degree in Mathematics. A walk-on with the Owls, Culver was a three-year letterwinner for the Rice men's basketball team and was a member of a class that set the program record for most victories during a four-year period with 73. During his playing career, Rice made two National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearances. Additionally, Culver was a four-time scholar athlete at Rice and a two-time Arthur Ashe Scholar during his career. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Mathematics from Rice in 2008, while serving as a graduate assistant and video coordinator for the Owls basketball program. "As I look back on the journey that has led me to Covenant, I am grateful for my experience as a college basketball player, and having had the privilege to serve, learn, and grow under many great coaching mentors," Culver added. "Collectively, these experiences have shaped and prepared me to be the head coach at Covenant." Culver will inherit a Covenant program that is coming off one of the best seasons in its history. The Scots went 18-10 in 2015-16 and won the USA South Tournament title to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Covenant looks to return four starters from last year's squad along with a host of role players and a talented recruiting class. "In getting to know some of the returning players, their pride in Covenant basketball, and sincere desire to see the program continue to move forward was encouraging," Culver said. "I look forward to building on last season's success and fostering a culture that sustains that level of excellence. There is a lot of momentum coming into next season having several players coming back from an NCAA Tournament team. We'll add a really talented group of incoming freshmen to the mix as well. I am thankful to have Peter Wilkerson staying on as our assistant coach. His history and familiarity with the school and basketball program will provide some continuity that will help ease the transition for both myself and our players." Fostering a culture begins immediately for Culver as he has made building relationships with members of the program, and the larger community, a top priority. "My first priority is to come in and establish positive relationships with members of the basketball team, their families, and the campus community at large," Culver continued. "It is my goal to see each person in our program grow and mature spiritually, intellectually, and reach their full potential on the basketball court, and accomplishing this will begin with building quality relationships between players and coaches." Culver and his wife, Julia, have three children, Teddy, Aaron and Annie. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Jay Smith accepts men's basketball coaching position at Kalamazoo College - 2 months ago
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Jay Smith has verbally accepted the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College. Smith brings 31 years of collegiate coaching experience to Kalamazoo, including 10 years as a head coach at Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University. "I am elated to accept the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College," Smith said. "I am truly grateful for the opportunity that [Director of Athletics] Kristen Smith and the search committee has given me.... [read more]
Jay Smith has verbally accepted the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College. Smith brings 31 years of collegiate coaching experience to Kalamazoo, including 10 years as a head coach at Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University. "I am elated to accept the position of head men's basketball coach at Kalamazoo College," Smith said. "I am truly grateful for the opportunity that [Director of Athletics] Kristen Smith and the search committee has given me. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking this program and molding it into a championship culture. It is going to take time and patience to create the brand that we as a unit can believe in and thrive in for years to come." Most recently, Smith was an assistant coach at University of Detroit Mercy from 2008-16. The 2015-16 team ranked eighth in the nation in scoring (84.1 ppg) and scored 90 or more points nine times. Smith helped the Titans to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 and an NIT Tournament appearance in 2013. Smith was the head coach at Central Michigan University for nine years (1998-2006). His time with the Chippewas led to a pair of Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season championships, a MAC Tournament championship, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. His 2002-03 team had wins over Michigan, No. 23 Notre Dame and No. 15 Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Smith recruited and coached Chris Kaman, the 2003 MAC Player of the Year and sixth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft (Los Angeles Clippers). Prior to CMU, Smith was the head coach at Grand Valley State University in 1996-97 where he guided the Lakers to a 23-6 overall record, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) regular season and tournament championships, and an NCAA II Tournament appearance. Smith was an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for seven years (1989-96) where he helped the Wolverines to six NCAA Tournaments and two Final Four appearances while coaching All-Americans Rumeal Robinson and Chris Webber along with All-Big Ten selections Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose and Ray Jackson. Before Michigan, Smith was an assistant at Kent State for five years (1984-89) where he helped the Golden Flashes to a pair of NIT Tournament appearances. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with a business minor at Saginaw Valley State University in 1984 and a master's degree in sports administration at Kent State in 1986. He played one year of basketball at Bowling Green State University (1989-90) before playing his final three years at Saginaw Valley State where the Cardinals posted a 60-32 record (32-16 GLIAC) during his career. Smith played high school basketball at Mio Au Sable and still holds the Michigan state record for career scoring with 2,841 points. Smith will be the 14th head coach in the 110-year history of Kalamazoo College's men's basketball program. He expects to begin working at K officially on July 1. "There will be a major focus on teaching and developing winning habits that will carry us both on and off the court," Smith said. "We will work diligently from day one to make sure we are recruiting high character student-athletes and putting them in a position to be successful by taking the 'LEAP' ; Love, Excellence, Accountability, and Passion. "This is a tremendous day for my family and me, and we are extremely fortunate to be welcomed into the Kalamazoo College community and to be part of something special." Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
New York- Dowling College of the East Coast Conference NCAA Division II announced that it's closing it's doors due to financial strains that the college has endure over the past several years. The players in the program are allow to transfer to any NCAA institutions without paying the transfer rule penalty. Head coach John Mateyko and his staff will be helping players transfer, as well the East Coast Conference along with Molloy College athletics have open an line for Dowling college... [read more]
New York- Dowling College of the East Coast Conference NCAA Division II announced that it's closing it's doors due to financial strains that the college has endure over the past several years.
The players in the program are allow to transfer to any NCAA institutions without paying the transfer rule penalty.
Head coach John Mateyko and his staff will be helping players transfer, as well the East Coast Conference along with Molloy College athletics have open an line for Dowling college players who are seeking advice and help in finding a new school. The East Coast Conference members school will have the advantage to recruit members of the Downling College Golden Lions.
The news of the college closing came as a surprise to many and the players and fellow students where made aware last week that the college was closing it's doors.
This is the second college around the country that has shut it's doors in recent weeks, the other Burlington College in Vermont.
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