NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Christopher Newport's Jason Aigner hit a trio of free throws with 10.3 seconds left to lift the host Captains to a 73-71 win over the York College Spartans in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Wednesday in Newport New, VA. Aigner's three free throws were a part of 28 free throws made by the Captains in the win. Four Spartan starters fouled out in the game as York was whistled for 28 fouls compared to 19 for the Captains in the tightly contested affair.
Game #12 – Capital Athletic Conference Opener
Final Score: #18 Christopher Newport 73 – York (Pa.) 71
Records: York 7-5 (0-1 CAC), CNU 11-1 (1-0 CAC)
Field Goals: York 23-for-50, CNU 20-for-51
Field Goal %: York 46.0%, CNU 39.2%
Three Point FG: York 9-for-20, CNIU 5-for-22
Three Point FG %: York 45.0%, CNU 22.7%
Free Throws: York 16-for-18, CNU 28-for-36
Free Throw %: York 88.9%, CNU 77.8%
Rebounds: York 30, CNU 34
Assists: York 7, CNU 7
Turnovers: York 14, CNU 10
Blocked Shots: York 2, CNU 4
Steals: York 4, CNU 9
How It Happened
• The Spartans got off to a fast start in the game as they led 10-2 less than five minutes into the game. The Captains bounced back with an 8-0 run to tie the score at 10 with 11:02 left in the first. The Green and White answered with a 10-2 spurt that gave them an eight-point lead with 7:27 remaining.
• York built the lead to nine twice in the final seven minutes of the first half but the Captains roared back with a 16-5 run that handed them a 32-30 lead with just under a minute remaining in the opening 20 minutes of play. York got a pair of Darin Gordon free throws and a Mike Frauenheim jumper to take a 34-32 lead to the intermission. The Captains stayed in the game from the line in the first half as they went 10-for-11 while the Spartans were just 3-for-3 from the stripe.
• The teams went back and forth in the opening minutes of the second half as the game was tied at 44 4:46 into the half. The Spartans then ripped off nine straight points to take a 53-44 advantage. The Green and White eventually pushed the lead to a game-high 12 points on a Zach Novick triple with 10:11 left in the game. That's when Jason Aigner got the Captains going with back-to-back threes that started a 14-4 run that drew the Captains to within two with 3:15 left in the game. The Spartans regained their balance and pushed the lead back to six on a pair of Gordon free throws with 2:46 left.
• CNU's All-American Marcus Carter hit a lay-up and then split a pair of free throws to cut York's lead to three with 1:43 left. Tyler Femi split two free throws and then Carter tied the game on the ensuing possession to knot the game at 68. After York had a fruitless possession, the Spartans were whistled for another foul as Luther Gibbs gave the Captains a 70-68 lead with two free throws with 37 seconds left. York's Jared Wagner answered with a three pointer that gave York a lead with 28 ticks left in regulation. On CNU's next possession, Aigner was trapped in the corner and heaved up a very tough shot. The shot wasn't close but there was a foul called on the play and he sank all three free throws for the two-point lead. York got one final look but Wagner was tightly guarded as his three grazed off the front of the rim at the horn.
Jared Wagner: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 blocked shot
Jason Bady: 17 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist
Darin Gordon: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 blocked shot
Marcus Carter: 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals
Jason Aigner: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Cutch Ellis: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal
Luther Gibbs: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal
The Spartans are now 3-11 all-time against the Captains including 1-6 at the Freeman Center … that one win was a big one as the Spartans captured the 2017-18 Capital Athletic Conference championship … CNU is now 7-0 at home this season … York was called for a season-high 28 fouls while the Captains attempted 36 free throws, matching Richard Stockton for the most allowed by York this year … York shot 45% (9-for-20) from three, their second highest total of the year … York went 16-for-18 (88.9%) from the free throw line, tying their season high percentage set in the win at Delaware Valley where they also went 16-for-18 … York had a season-low seven assists and that marks the first time they have not reached double figures in assists in a game … the Captains also had seven assists and that is the lowest combined total of the year for any York game … the previous low was 21 in the win at Gettysburg … the game concludes a challenging three game road trip and York will now play two of their next three at home … York tied a season-low with four steals … York is now 3-2 when leading at the half … junior Jared Wagner moved up to third on the Spartans' all-time steals list with 159 … Wagner trails former guard Jason Saurbaugh by 31 steals for second and all-time leader Jeff Landis (243) by 84 thefts … Wagner is ranked first in the CAC in total steals (30) and steals per game (2.5 spg) … Wagner currently ranks eighth in all-time assists with 276 … Wagner is ranked fourth in the CAC in assists per game this year at 4.4 apg … Wagner reached double figures in scoring for the 11th time this year as he has led York in scoring in for the fourth time this year and the second time in the last three games … senior Jason Bady notched his third double-double of the year and second straight with his 17 points and ten rebounds … Bady is third in the CAC in scoring (17.3 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.7 rpg) … junior Darin Gordon reached double figures for the eighth time this year … a season-high four Spartans fouled out as Bady, Gordon, Mike Frauenheim, and Joey Polczynski all were hamstrung by foul trouble during the game.
After being on the road for a month, the Spartans return to the friendly confines of Charles Wolf Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon as they host Southern Virginia University in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Tip time is scheduled for 3:00 pm as the back end of a Spartan doubleheader with the women's squad.