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
Deallen Jackson Mt Union University Senior Pre Season Interview - 13 days ago
I sat down recently with Deallen Jackson, a senior at Mount Union University to get his outlook on his senior season, life, and his future pro career. Mr. Jackson 5' 11", 195 lb point guard who is explosive, athletic, and shifty east to west with the basketball in his hands. Mr. Jackson should be a pro next year, as long as he continues to develop his pull up jump shot. Deallen has all the other tools you need to be a pro, but most importantly Mr. Jackson is a high character young man who... [read more]
I sat down recently with Deallen Jackson, a senior at Mount Union University to get his outlook on his senior season, life, and his future pro career. Mr. Jackson 5' 11", 195 lb point guard who is explosive, athletic, and shifty east to west with the basketball in his hands. Mr. Jackson should be a pro next year, as long as he continues to develop his pull up jump shot. Deallen has all the other tools you need to be a pro, but most importantly Mr. Jackson is a high character young man who will be graduating with a degree in 2017.
Goals for this season individually and as a team? This season we have a team that some might call inexperienced. Last season we lost 10 games. We have players who are motivated, focus and willing to learn. As a team we want to be the best team in our league and I believe we can. Individual goals for this season include, reestablishing myself as the best player in the OAC. Last season I was named a preseason All-American but I broke my foot almost a month prior to the season and I wasn't be able to fulfill the expectations. This season is special, not only is it my last one, but I'm the only senior on the team. Whether I realize it or not players are looking to me for guidance. I have the opportunity to lead by example and and catapult my team to an OAC championship.
Things people don't know about you, that may be a surprise? I love music, art, and creativity. I taught myself how to play the piano by ear when I was in high school. One Christmas my mother bought me a keyboard and I just remembering being so happy. It was the first time I couldn't control my emotions toward the gift.
What's your motivation? Overall my motivation is my family, My nana and my mother are two of most hard working people I have ever met. They are two women whose work ethic can motivate anyone, it's incredible. Seeing my mom work is incredibly motivating. Being a man and looking back at my childhood, I didn't realize how much of an impact seeing a mother of three work and provide for a her family can have on you until you're old enough. Subconsciously you're learning from them and I'm thankful I have each of them In my life. Once achieve my dream of playing professionally, not only would be an individual accomplishment but I would be able to share it with my family. I know all they have sacrificed to put me in the position Im in today. I could never repay her for the love she has shown me. What are your goals of playing professionally? When I was kid I never had the dream of being ranked in the state, going to the big D1 schools, or even pro..I never had a mentor teaching me the game. I figured things out on my own and from a early age I loved the game of basketball. Having success at the collegiate level, has developed the dream of going pro..I know as a Division III point guard I have a much tougher road than most, but hard work is something I'm accustomed to. Nothing has ever come easy for me with the game of basketball and I'm willing to whatever it takes to be a great professional when that time comes. What is your Academic Major? I'm a sport business major, I discovered I wanted to be apart of the major after a conversation with a close Friend. Originally I was an education major but it that wasn't something I could see myself doing after school. I'll always want to be around athletics and Sport Business will allow me to have that opportunity.
Family, siblings? I have 3 siblings..I grew up with an older brother and sister. Biggest influence in your life? My brother, I remember being younger and thinking "I wanna be like my Brother when I get older". We're 5 years apart, but when I was younger he always spent time with me. He was always practicing and wanting to play and that rubbed off on me. If he was going to the park I was there with him. I know at times he probably didn't want too but he'd bring me along anyway.
As I reached high school, from my smallest accomplishments to my biggest he's the one I wanted to call first. If I had a game and it wasn't good enough for him, it wasn't good enough for me. After winning the 2015 OAC championship, My teammates were screaming, jumping and celebrating the win. Before I even took my uniform off, I remember going to find some place quiet and the first person I called was my older brother. He's someone that has always believed in me from day 1. There's nothing like the love a sibling can share. Since I was a kid I've always looked to him for affirmation.
Baruch Men to Open Season with Exhibition at Div. I/Big East St. John's - 24 days ago
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For the third consecutive year the men's basketball program, led by fourth-year head Coach John Alesi , will begin their season taking on a high major Division I opponent. After facing Rutgers in 2014 and almost stunning eventual Big East champion Seton Hall in 2015, the Bearcats will head to Queens to take on the St. John's University Red Storm for an exhibition contest on October 31st, 2016 at Carnesecca Arena. St. John's, one of college basketball's all-time winningest programs, are lo... [read more]
For the third consecutive year the men's basketball program, led by fourth-year head Coach John Alesi , will begin their season taking on a high major Division I opponent. After facing Rutgers in 2014 and almost stunning eventual Big East champion Seton Hall in 2015, the Bearcats will head to Queens to take on the St. John's University Red Storm for an exhibition contest on October 31st, 2016 at Carnesecca Arena. St. John's, one of college basketball's all-time winningest programs, are looking to bring back the glory days under second year Head Coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. The Red Storm, from the prestigious Big East Conference, return seven letterwinner's from last year's squad who scored a signature win over Final Four participant Syracuse University. In addition, they have one of the top-ranked recruiting classes in the nation. Baruch is coming off their second consecutive trip to the CUNYAC Finals and an ECAC semifinal appearance during the 2015-16 season. The Bearcats raised some eyebrows early last year when they nearly knocked off Seton Hall University in their exhibition game. The Bearcats led for a majority of that contest before ultimately falling to the Big East Champion Pirates,84-79, behind Isaiah Whitehead's (drafted by the Brooklyn Nets) 40 point effort. Despite an uneven regular season, Baruch would hit its stride late last year as they defeated Hunter, Medgar Evers and top-seeded Lehman to return to the CUNYAC Final where they would fall to Brooklyn College on ESPN3. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to open our season with a game against an opponent such as St. John's University," said Alesi. "In my opinion, there is no better test to see where we are at as a team than to play against the best early and often. We are looking forward to the challenge." The Bearcats return seven players from last year's team, including CUNYAC First-Team All-Star Chimaechi Ekekeugbor. Last year Ekekeugbor led the squad in both scoring (19.2ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg), and will look to take on more of a leadership role this season. Alesi will also be looking to a talented group of newcomers to provide immediate impact in hopes of returning to a third consecutive CUNYAC Finals appearance. "Our goal is to get better each and every day," said Alesi. "We feel we have a good mix of players and are excited about this season. I can't think of a better way to start than against one of the top programs in college basketball history in St. John's. It will be great for not only our players and coaches but for our entire Baruch community as well." Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Long-time Western Connecticut Head Coach Bob Campbell will retire before the upcoming season according to a report by Hoopsville's Dave McHugh. In 32 seasons as the head coach at Western, he compiled a 590-278 (.680) record. Some of Campbell's accomplishments include: Twelve seasons with 20 or more wins, including seven consecutive from 1988 to 1995. Twelve invitations to the NCAA tournament, advancing to at least the second round eight times, the most recent being in 2011-12. Five Little... [read more]
Long-time Western Connecticut Head Coach Bob Campbell will retire before the upcoming season according to a report by Hoopsville's Dave McHugh. In 32 seasons as the head coach at Western, he compiled a 590-278 (.680) record. Some of Campbell's accomplishments include: Twelve seasons with 20 or more wins, including seven consecutive from 1988 to 1995. Twelve invitations to the NCAA tournament, advancing to at least the second round eight times, the most recent being in 2011-12. Five Little East Conference championships. 28-2 overall record and a #2 National ranking in a 1989-90 season that ended in an OT loss in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. A school record 20 straight wins during the 1985-86 season.
According to the report, Campbell's last day will be October 31st. An official announcement is expected within the next week.
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