Spartan Men Fall to Neumann in Loaded Stockton Tournament

Darin Gordon photo courtesy of Shane Guise
Darin Gordon photo courtesy of Shane Guise

GALLOWAY, N.J. – The York College men's basketball team did something they haven't done since the 2016-17 season as they dropped their second straight game in the consolation round of the Stockton Tip-Off Tournament.

The Spartans went cold from the field late and the Neumann Knights took advantage as they captured an 82-77 win in Sunday's consolation round. The Spartans dropped two in a row for the first time since January 25, 2017 when they fell in consecutive Capital Athletic Conference contests against Mary Washington and Penn State Harrisburg. That is a span of 43 games in which York had not lost two in a row.


Game #5 – Stockton Tip Off Tournament Consolation Game

Final Score: Neumann 82 – York 77

Records: York 3-2, Neumann 3-3

Field Goals: York 28-for-67, Neumann 32-for-63

Field Goal %: York 41.8%, Neumann 50.8%

Three Point FG: York 12-for-37, Neumann 1-for-8

Three Point FG %: York 32.4%, Neumann 12.5%

Free Throws: York 9-for-13, Neumann 17-for-23

Free Throw %: York 69.2%, Neumann 73.9%

Rebounds: York 29, Neumann 46

Assists: York 18, Neumann 10

Turnovers: York 5, Neumann 11

Blocked Shots: York 3, Neumann 4

Steals: York 4, Neumann 2


How It Happened

• York got off to a quick start as they began the contest with a 10-4 run to begin the game. The Knights cut York's lead to two but the Spartans responded by quickly pushing the lead back to eight at 23-15 midway through the half.

• The Spartan lead vacillated between three and seven points over the next seven minutes before Neumann trimmed the lead to one at 32-31. York answered with back-to-back three pointers from Joey Polczynski and Jared Wager to push the Spartan advantage back to seven. The lead was seven when the Knights got a three and a lay-up from Isaiah Wilmore to cut the lead to two. Polczynski canned a three with four seconds left to give York a 43-38 lead at the break.

• The Spartans came out of the break strong as they build their lead to 10 on a Zach Novick three with 15:29 left in the game. The Knights would use the next ten minutes of the game to whittle the Spartan lead little by little until they finally tied the game at 71 with 4:30 left in the game. That was part of a 9-0 run that proved to be too much for York to overcome.

• With the Spartans trailing 78-71, Darin Gordon made a free throw followed by a pair of Jason Bady free throws that cut the Neumann lead to four. After the Knights' split a pair of free throws, Gordon made a three to cut the York deficit to 79-77. Unfortunately, that's as close as the Spartans would get as they struggled to make a big shot down the stretch in dropping their second straight at the loaded tournament.


Spartan Leaders

Jason Bady: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocked shots, 1 steal

Darin Gordon: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Jared Wagner: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Joey Polczynski: 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal


Knight Leaders

Raquan Brown-Johnson: 29 points, 10-for-17 FG, 9-for-11 FT, 6 rebounds, 6 assists

Aaron Johnson-Chavis: 22 points, 8 rebounds

Isiah Wilmore: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1 blocked shot


Game Notes:

The Spartans fall to 0-3 all-time against Neumann … the Spartans got outrebounded by 17 caroms and that's the fourth straight game in which York has lost the battle on the glass … York's 12 made three point field goals were a season high … York made a season-low nine free throws as they only went to the line 13 times … both of York's losses this year have come by five points … Neumann is the second team to shoot over 50% from the floor against the Spartans (Johns Hopkins at 50.8% on Nov. 11) … the Spartans were fantastic in taking care of the ball as they committed just five turnovers … York dished out a season-high 18 assists on their 28 field goals … the Knights outscored the Spartans 56-32 in points in the paint … Neumann recorded 24 second chance points off their 18 offensive rebounds … senior Jason Bady led the Spartans in scoring for the third straight game as he notched 15 points … Bady averaged 17.5 points per game for the weekend.


Up Next:

The Spartans return to Charles Wolf Gymnasium on Sunday, November 25 when they host Franklin & Marshall College in a key regional contest. Tip time from York is set for 3:00 pm.

Audio Highlights Courtesy of Darrell Henry - The Voice of the Spartans