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
Senior point guard Pierre Hayden came in from Hampton and looks to make an immediate impact as a vocal leader, distributor and scoring threat in the backcourt 'Pierre is one of our transfers, and he has the largest learning curve because he's a point guard,' Potter said. 'I probably talk to him more than I talk to any other individual player. He and I have a special relationship, because I let him know when he makes a great decision but I also have to tell him when he does something wrong. [read more]
Senior point guard Pierre Hayden came in from Hampton and looks to make an immediate impact as a vocal leader, distributor and scoring threat in the backcourt 'Pierre is one of our transfers, and he has the largest learning curve because he's a point guard,' Potter said. 'I probably talk to him more than I talk to any other individual player. He and I have a special relationship, because I let him know when he makes a great decision but I also have to tell him when he does something wrong. There's not a lot of time to learn everything.' Hayden said he originally planned to transfer to Pittsburg State, but changed his mind after a campus visit to Newman in May when he met Potter and assistant coach R.J. Allen. 'When they were recruiting me, the biggest thing they said they needed was leadership,' Hayden said. 'I try to lead by example and I want to be the main leader on this team, vocally and physically.' The point-guard position often demands a certain level of leadership, and Hayden said he's been working to craft his game away from a shoot-first mentality to fit the more traditional definition of a floor general. Newman's typically fast-paced style works best with a guard who distributes the ball, and Hayden wants to refine that skill this year. 'I've been working on being more of a true point guard,' he said. 'I really want to average a double-double. I want as many assists as points, and to do that I have to get my teammates involved. That's what I've been working on. The main thing is being a leader.' Helping Hayden from a leadership standpoint will be a pair of returners with more experience at Newman than any other players. Senior guards Taylor Schieber and Daniel Nwosu Jr. started seven games each last year, both seeing more minutes in the second half of the season. Where Hayden hopes to lead, Nwosu, the top returning scorer with 10.1 points, wants to motivate with volume. 'I'm a different type of leader,' Nwosu said. ' (Hayden) is more of the vocal-type guy. I'm always the loudest person, but I'm not the type of person to get on guys. I'm more of an energy, motivator guy. What I'm really trying to do this year is to be the loudest person on the court every game. My goal is to bring the most energy to the team every game.' High-energy is a good description of a Newman program that averaged more than 83 points last season. But the pace required to maintain such a mark demands coordination and a fluidity that may not yet be there at the beginning of the season. 'One of the things we like to do is get the basketball up and down the floor,' Potter said. 'So for the possibility to score we're trying to perfect each offense we have. We hope we have guys ready to take over, but any time you have a situation like we do you're going to have a learning curve, and I think we're behind offensively right now.' Hayden looks to Prepare for Portsmouth invitational As her sits out the remainder of the 2nd half of the season due to the NCAA transfer rule.
Jon Davis recorded his 12th 20-point scoring game of the season but the Charlotte 49ers (11-14, C-USA: 5-9) fell to Old Dominion (16-10, C-USA: 9-5), 72-48, on the road. Davis led all scorers with 26 points with 19 of them coming in the second half. Austin Ajukwa recorded his 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points. Charlotte was 12-for-13 from the free throw line. Austin Ajukwa looks promising as a future NBA Prospect with his ability to Create of the dribble and knock down the... [read more]
Jon Davis recorded his 12th 20-point scoring game of the season but the Charlotte 49ers (11-14, C-USA: 5-9) fell to Old Dominion (16-10, C-USA: 9-5), 72-48, on the road.
Davis led all scorers with 26 points with 19 of them coming in the second half. Austin Ajukwa recorded his 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points. Charlotte was 12-for-13 from the free throw line.
Austin Ajukwa looks promising as a future NBA Prospect with his ability to Create of the dribble and knock down the Jumper and lock down wing defender. Look forward to see Ajukwa be used to his ability for UNC-Charlotte.
Old Dominion has three players in double-figures led by Ahmad Caver and Zoran Talley with 17 points apiece.
With Old Dominion leading 6-2, the 49ers connected on three straights three-point field goals by White, Davis and Braxton Ogbueze to take an 11-7 lead with 15:31 on the clock.
Old Dominion scored five straight points regaining the lead. Then, Ajukwa was fouled shooting a three and he went to line and made all three free throws helping the 49ers regain the lead 14-12 with 12:38 left in the first half.
Old Dominion scored six straight points regaining the lead. Charlotte scored four straight points tying the score at 18 with just over eight minutes left in the first half. Then, Old Dominion scored seven straight points taking a 25-18 lead with 7:10 on the clock. A three by Ajukwa and a basket by White cut Old Dominion's lead to 25-23 with 5:08 left in the first half. However, Old Dominion scored seven of the first half's final nine points taking a 32-25 halftime lead.
Four minutes into the second half, Old Dominion had pushed their lead to 38-27. Then, the 49ers behind the scoring of Davis and Ajukwa went on an 11-2 run over the next two minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 40-38 when Ajukwa knocked down two free throws with 13:08 left in the second half.
Then, Old Dominion went on an 8-0 run over the next two and half minutes pushing their lead back 48-38 with just over 10 and half minutes left in the second half. The 49ers answered the ODU run with an 8-2 run over the next four minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 50-46 when Davis knocked down two free throws with 6:58 left in regulation. However that would be as close as the 49ers would get the rest of the way.
Charlotte returns to Halton Arena to play WKU, Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
Case Defense Holds UR Scoreless for Last 3:23 in Upset Win - 4 days ago
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Visiting Case Western Reserve University held the University of Rochester scoreless over the final 3:23 and went on to a 75-72 victory over the sixth-ranked Yellowjackets at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Sunday afternoon. It was just the third loss of the year for the Yellowjackets (21-3 overall, 10-3 University Athletic Association) and it determined the UAA playoff race. Washington University defeated Brandeis, 95-91, in Waltham, MA on Sunday to clinch the UAA title and automatic bid.... [read more]
Visiting Case Western Reserve University held the University of Rochester scoreless over the final 3:23 and went on to a 75-72 victory over the sixth-ranked Yellowjackets at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Sunday afternoon. It was just the third loss of the year for the Yellowjackets (21-3 overall, 10-3 University Athletic Association) and it determined the UAA playoff race. Washington University defeated Brandeis, 95-91, in Waltham, MA on Sunday to clinch the UAA title and automatic bid. Washington is 12-1 with one game left. Rochester and Washington swapped road victories this season. Rochester has been ranked number one in the East Region by the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Committee for the first two polls. The third poll will be issued this Wednesday. UR finishes the regular season at Emory University in Atlanta. Emory is fourth in the UAA with an 8-5 mark (17-7 overall). The Eagles are trying to earn a Pool C (at-large) invitation to the NCAA tournament. A win over Rochester might accomplish that. This victory was the third win in the last four games for Case (8-16, 3-10 UAA). Colin Zucker (6'0''-PG) scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He hit six three-pointers in 15 attempts. Connor Nally (6'5''-F) hit five of 11 outside the arc enroute to 19 points. He grabbed eight rebounds. Javier Alvarez had 13 points for Case to go with seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals. As a team, Case broke the Palestra record for three-point attempts. The Spartans made 13 in 46 tries. CWRU held the previous record of 41 attempts - set last season. Rochester made only four treys in 24 shots. CWRU hit the boards hard and it paid off. The Spartans collected 19 offensive rebounds and turned those into 23 second-chance points. Case held a 45-41 overall edge on the glass. Jacob Wittig scored 20 points for Rochester. Zack Ayers (6'10''-F) had 16 points. Sam Borst-Smith (6'3''-G) scored 14, and Ryan Clamage (6'4''-G) had 11. The Yellowjackets couldn't string together any offensive consistency. Their longest scoring outburst was eight points - two free throws apiece by Mack Montague (6'3''-G) and Borst-Smith, a reverse layup by Wittig, and a backdoor layup by Andrew Lundstrom (6'6''-F). It put UR up, 50-48. Zucker scored five points in 26 seconds. He swished a three-pointer from right wing to restore the lead (51-50) and added two free throws after a Lundstrom foul for a 53-50 lead with 13:35 on the clock. Neither team could get more than a two or three-point edge over the last 13 minutes. Zucker's sixth three-pointer came with 4:33 left. He missed an attempt, got his own rebound, worked his way outside the arc on left wing and connected this time. It broke a 67-all tie. Rochester used two free throws from Wittig and a three-pointer by Borst-Smith to take a 72-70 lead with 3:23 left. Alvarez drilled a three-pointer with 3:04 left (73-72 Case) and after Montague missed a jumper for Rochester, Nally grabbed two big rebounds. He collected the defensive board. When Zucker missed a layup, Nally fought for the rebound and the followup, 75-72 with 2:30 left. After a series of misses at both ends, Zucker made the front end of a two-shot foul for the 76-72 lead with 17 seconds left. Rochester missed two more three-point shots. Alvarez collected the second one and was fouled with five seconds remaining. He missed the one-and-one with 0:01 on the clock, but it didn't matter. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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