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
No. 17 Marietta wallops No. 7 Wooster 99-70 - 7 days ago
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In a span of just four days, the No. 17-ranked Marietta College Men's Basketball team laid waste to its second Top-10 opponent as the Pioneers crushed the College of Wooster, ranked seventh nationally, by the score of 99-70 Wednesday (Nov. 23) evening. This follows MC's 24-point win over No. 2 Christopher Newport on Saturday. Marietta (4-0 overall) scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed. Wooster (2-1) got a layup from Dan Fanelly at the 8:52 mark to make it a four-poi... [read more]
In a span of just four days, the No. 17-ranked Marietta College Men's Basketball team laid waste to its second Top-10 opponent as the Pioneers crushed the College of Wooster, ranked seventh nationally, by the score of 99-70 Wednesday (Nov. 23) evening. This follows MC's 24-point win over No. 2 Christopher Newport on Saturday. Marietta (4-0 overall) scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed. Wooster (2-1) got a layup from Dan Fanelly at the 8:52 mark to make it a four-point game, 24-20. The Pioneers used a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to extend the margin to 12 points, 36-24. Marietta then closed the first half on a 12-3 run and took a 51-29 advantage into halftime. Kyle Dixon (6'4''-F) poured in 16 first half points as the Pioneers shot a blistering 57.6% from the floor and 71.4% from three-point range in the opening period. Dixon finished with 22 points connecting on four treys in the game. Wooster could only get within 16 points in the second half. A layup from Spencer Williams (6'2''-G-95) made it 66-50 with 11:52 left in the game. But Marietta's three-point barrage continued as the Pioneers sank seven after halftime and 12 total for the game. A three-ball from Dixon with 4:42 remaining pushed the margin to 32 points, 90-58. While the Pioneers were on fire from downtown, Wooster struggled all night hitting just 1-of-14 from behind the arc. The Scots also turned the ball over 14 times against Marietta's stifling defense resulting in 29 MC points. Young equaled Dixon with 22 points in the game to lead the Pioneers. He scored 13 of his points in the second half nailing three shots from long range after halftime. Young tallied four three-pointers on the night and dished out a game-high five assists. A.J. Edwards (6'5''-F) just missed his second double-double of the season chipping in with 19 points and nine rebounds. He also blocked three Wooster shots. Keith Richardson (5'9''-PG) came off the bench to score nine points. Fanelly led the Fighting Scots with 20 points. Williams finished with 17 points, while Alex Baptiste (6'7''-F) had 11 points, seven boards and four blocked shots. For the game, Marietta shot 53.1% (34-of-64) from the floor, 66.7% (12-of-18) from three-point range and 65.5% (19-of-29) at the free throw line. Wooster was 26-of-60 (43.3%) from the floor, 1-of-14 (7.1%) behind the arc and 17-of-23 (73.9%) at the line. The Pioneers had a 39-33 edge on the glass. Marietta committed just nine turnovers in the game, while forcing 14 Wooster turnovers. Marietta is back in action on Sunday (Nov. 27) when the Pioneers host Bethany College at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Grinnell men's basketball team seeks strong season - 17 days ago
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Since the 2000-2001 season, the Grinnell College men's basketball team has made 13 appearances in the Midwest Conference Tournament, including 10 seasons where they have finished in the top two of the league. The high-scoring Pioneers are looking to continue their incredible run of success and bounce back in a big way this season. The Pioneers will lean on three senior captains, forward Nick Curta (6'6''-F) '17 and guards Julian Marx (6'0''-PG) '17 and Mike Porter (5'11''-PG) '17. Marx to... [read more]
Since the 2000-2001 season, the Grinnell College men's basketball team has made 13 appearances in the Midwest Conference Tournament, including 10 seasons where they have finished in the top two of the league. The high-scoring Pioneers are looking to continue their incredible run of success and bounce back in a big way this season. The Pioneers will lean on three senior captains, forward Nick Curta (6'6''-F) '17 and guards Julian Marx (6'0''-PG) '17 and Mike Porter (5'11''-PG) '17. Marx tore up the nets with a 40.8 percent success rate on 3-point shooting and 87.1 percent at the free throw line last season, while Curta led the team in field goal percentage at 70.8 percent, as well as rebounds and blocked shots. "The leadership they bring on a daily level is absolutely huge," said Grinnell interim head coach David Arseneault Jr. "If we're going to be successful this season, then we'll need them to provide senior leadership and stability." "Julian is already one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Grinnell history in terms of percentage, while Nick and Mike can impact the game in numerous ways as they continue to increase their roles as seniors." A big junior class includes guards Ikaika Phillip (6'1''-G) '18, Sean Cullinane (6'3''-G) '18, Nathan Balcom (6'0''-PG) '18 and Gus King (6'2''-G) '18 as well as forwards Jacob Ekstrand (6'5''-F) '18 and Andrew Redhead '18. "As a group they will be thrust more into a larger role this season, and they'll be expected to play like upperclassmen," said Arseneault. "Each of them have a different skill set, all of which can help make this team successful." Arseneault went on to explain. "Jacob is a threat on the interior and perimeter, and provides us much-needed length and athleticism defensively," said the coach. "Ikaika is extremely versatile. His size and strength allow him to attack the paint and his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter adds to his versatile offensive game. Gus and Sean have the ability to stretch the defense with their outside shooting prowess. They'll also be counted on to utilize their understanding of our system to help balance their playing group. Nate is a combo guard with the potential to get to the rim and play from the perimeter. And Andrew is a versatile forward who can do a bit of everything." The top sophomore returnee is guard Vinny Curta '19, who led the team in assists last season with 3.8 a game while averaging 13.0 points. "Vinny had a monster second half of last season, and we're expecting him to build on that from the point guard position," said Arseneault. "His size, play-making ability and outside-shooting stroke make him a nightmare to defend and will undoubtedly create matchup problems." Other sophomores include guard Ky-Sean Johnson (5'10''-PG) '19, who averaged double digits in scoring last season, forward Griffin Boehm '19, guard Reggie Bynum '19, guard Mike Schroeder '19 and guard Damien Johnson '19. "Ky-Sean is a lightening quick combo guard with a pure outside shooting stroke," said Arseneault. "We'll be counting on him to demonstrate he's one year older and ready to carry a bit bigger load. Griffin and Reggie both will play key roles this year. They can get to the glass, defend and change the dynamic of the game with pure effort. Damien is a versatile wing and probably the quickest player on our roster. Mike provides depth and energy to the team." Top first-years include Jake Conran '20, Noah Jacobson '20 and Henry Ward '20. Rounding out the team are Anthony Gulve '20, Jacob Leder '20 and Jakub Zajic '20. The Pioneers will be looking to improve on last season's marks of 9-14 overall and 6-12 in the Midwest Conference despite averaging nearly 107 points an outing. "I think, as a team, we have to get back to the basics and bring the requisite effort and energy on a regular basis," said Arseneault. "We need to play unselfishly and bring the attitude of not caring who scores or who gets the attention. We just care about each player putting his best foot forward and getting victories. "Throughout the pre-season I've been impressed with our collective attitude and unselfishness," the coach continued. "We have a lot to prove, but I'm excited and I get the sense that we're a team that's hungry for success. I'm thrilled to be back home, coaching at Grinnell, and I look forward to another successful season of Pioneer basketball." Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Alvernia Preparing For Exhibition At Central Connecticut State - 2 months ago
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Class will be back in session next Friday evening when the teacher meets pupil at Detrick Gymnasium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University. Alvernia University head men's basketball coach Mike Miller -the teacher-takes his team north to CCSU to face the Blue Devils under the direction of first-year head coach Donyell Marshall (6'6''-F)-the pupil-at CCSU on Friday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. Marshall entered the role of pupil in the summer after his ninth grade year at Reading... [read more]
Class will be back in session next Friday evening when the teacher meets pupil at Detrick Gymnasium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University. Alvernia University head men's basketball coach Mike Miller -the teacher-takes his team north to CCSU to face the Blue Devils under the direction of first-year head coach Donyell Marshall (6'6''-F)-the pupil-at CCSU on Friday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. Marshall entered the role of pupil in the summer after his ninth grade year at Reading High. He developed into the key part of Miller's first team at Reading starting in the 1988-89 season. "I got the job in the summer he was going into 10th grade," said Miller of his start at Reading High. "My first trip to meet him, he was in the Glenside Projects and he had a Charles Barkley shirt on. So I grabbed him and said 'hey, we're going to have a summer league.' The first game is in Exeter and one of the first plays he has a dunk out of nowhere." Marshall was a member of the junior high team in eighth and ninth grades and didn't make the high school varsity team until his sophomore year of high school. "My first impression was we have a lot of work to do, but if you show up and put in the time you're going to be good in school and let's see how far basketball can take you," continued Miller. "That's what I always preached to him. Put in the time school wise and in basketball, and ever since then he has done that no matter what." Marshall's work started to pay off as a Berks County Champions, then as a McDonald's All-American and interest from college coaches as a top recruit in the nation. He decided on the University of Connecticut where his continued efforts paid off as an All-American at the college level and the fourth overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft. His NBA career spanned 15 seasons with eight different teams finishing at home in Philadelphia. "No matter what he's wanted to do, he has put in the work to get there," said Miller. "That's what I'm most proud of. And for him to first think of me, and Reading, and Alvernia, and for us to have the opportunity to play against him in his first college coaching game, that means an awful lot to me." Marshall was named the 10th head coach at CCSU on April 6, and shortly thereafter put in a call to Miller inviting him up to open the Blue Devils season in an exhibition. "I'm looking forward to coaching against Alvernia and Coach Miller and my son Marquis," said Marshall. "It will be kind of like the student going against the mentor and I am excited about that." Marquis Marshall (6'6''-F) transferred to Alvernia for his junior season and plays along side Miller's son Mike Miller , Jr. Continuing the family theme, Donyell Marshall's youngest son, Donyell, Jr. is a freshman forward for the Blue Devils. Following the exhibition, CCSU tips off the regular season the following Friday hosting Harford College. Alvernia's regular season opens on November 15 when the Crusaders host Wesley College. Courtesy of: alvernia.edu
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