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
Jay Smith accepts men's basketball coaching position at Kalamazoo College - 1 day 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.
CWRU Head Men's Basketball Coach Sean McDonnell Announces Resignation - 18 days ago
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Sean McDonnell , the head coach of the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball program since 2003, has announced his resignation. McDonnell, the third head coach of the program since the federation of the University prior to the 1971-72 season, compiled 128 wins during his time with the team. In his 13 years at CWRU, McDonnell has coached three finalists for The Jostens Trophy (NCAA Division III National Player of the Year) and three Academic All-America honorees. His players rec... [read more]
Sean McDonnell , the head coach of the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball program since 2003, has announced his resignation. McDonnell, the third head coach of the program since the federation of the University prior to the 1971-72 season, compiled 128 wins during his time with the team. In his 13 years at CWRU, McDonnell has coached three finalists for The Jostens Trophy (NCAA Division III National Player of the Year) and three Academic All-America honorees. His players received 34 All-University Athletic Association honors during his tenure, including five all-conference first team selections. "Over the past 13 years, I've forged lifelong relationships with students, alumni, faculty, and staff at Case Western Reserve and will be forever grateful for my experiences here," said McDonnell. In addition to the team's activities on the court, McDonnell's players have been active members of Team "STU MAN Group", volunteering annually at the Walk to Defeat ALS in support of the late Spartan Club Hall of Famer, David Stuczynski '85. His team has tutored students at nearby Mary M. Bethune Elementary School in mathematics every Friday since 2014. "I would like to thank Sean for his many years of service to our student athletes and our community at Case Western Reserve University," said CWRU Director of Athletics Amy Backus. "We wish all the best for Sean and his family in the next phase of his career." A national search for the next Case Western Reserve University head men's basketball coach will begin immediately. Case Western finished 12-13, 5-9 in the UAA last season. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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