Strong Defense Leads Spartans to CAC Road Win in Middletown

Zach Novick photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Zach Novick photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

MIDDLETOWN, PA – The York College men's basketball team got another strong defensive effort as the Green and White earned a 68-57 road win at Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday evening in Middletown, PA. The Spartans placed four players in double figures and held the top shooting three-point team in the conference to just six made threes in the game. The win is York's second straight and their first conference road win of the year.


Game #14

Final Score: York 68, PSU Harrisburg 57

Records: York 9-5 (2-1 CAC), PSU Harrisburg 9-5 (1-2 CAC)

Field Goals: York 25-of-60, PSUH 18-of-51

Field Goal %: York 41.7%, PSUH 35.2%

Three Point FG: York 13-of-42, PSUH 6-of-21

Three Point FG %: York 31.1%, PSUH 28.6%

Free Throws: York 5-for-7, PSUH 15-for-20

Free Throw %: York 71.4%, PSUH 75.0%

Rebounds: York 24, PSUH 48

Assists: York 17, PSUH 12

Turnovers: York 13, PSUH 30

Blocked Shots: York 5, PSUH 3

Steals: York 20, PSUH 8


How It Happened

• The game got off to a slow start as the defenses were well in front of the offenses. The teams were back and forth with five lead changes and six ties over the opening 20 minutes of play. With the game tied at 17, Brandon Coleman hit a three pointer to put the Lions on top. Coleman split a pair of free throws to put Harrisburg up four with 6:24 left in the half. York clamped down defensively, holding Harrisburg to just two points over the final six minutes of the half. While the Spartan defense was clicking, the offense managed to put 10 points on the board as York took a 27-23 lead to the break.

• York wasted little time in building their lead in the second half as they quickly increased the lead to 11 on a Darin Gordon three at the 17:03 mark. The Lions scored eight straight points to cut the York advantage to three. However, the Spartans ripped off an 11-0 run covering over five minutes as the lead grew to 49-35.

• The Lions trimmed the York lead to eight twice but the Spartans answered by pushing their advantage to a game-high 18 points on a Jared Wagner lay-up with 2:57 left in the game. The Spartans cruised to the finish line from there in earning their first CAC road win of the year.


Spartan Leaders

Jason Bady: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocked shots, 3 steals

Zach Novick: 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 5-for-10 3PT FG

Darin Gordon: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 1 blocked shot

Jared Wagner: 11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals


Lion Leaders

Kahlil Williams: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists

Donyae Baylor-Carrol: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steals

Keenan Wise: 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Gbolahan Alliyu: 10 rebounds, 2 points, 1 assist, 3 blocked shots, 2 steals


Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 11-5 against Harrisburg as CAC opponents while they are 19-5 all-time against the Lions … the Spartans are now 6-0 in Middletown as CAC opponents … it will be the Spartans' last regular season trip to Harrisburg as CAC opponents as the Lions are heading back to the North East Athletic Conference at the conclusion of this academic year … the Spartans attemped a season-high 42 three-point field goals, the second highest single game total in school history … York converted a season-high 13 three-pointers … they have hit double figures in three pointers in nine of their 14 games this year … York made a season-low five free throws on a season-low seven attempts at the line … the Spartans collected a season-high 20 steals and that is the third highest total in school history … York has double figures in steals in seven games this year … York held the Lions to just 28.6% (6-for-21) from three … Harrisburg entered the game as the top three point field goal percentage team in the CAC … York held Harrisburg to just 35.3% shooting from the field and that's the seventh time this year they have held a team below 40% shooting from the floor … York's last three opponents have shot 37.4% (61-for163) from the field and 21.5% (14-for-65) from three … York forced a season-high 30 turnovers … the Spartans were outrebounded 48-24 in the game but still attempted nine more shots than the Lions … York had just one offensive rebound in the game … York  scored 29 points off the 30 Lion turnovers … York led for 31:30 of the 40 minutes of the game … junior Darin Gordon set a new career-high with five steals which is tied for tenth on the single-game list … junior Zach Novick tallied a new career-high with 15 points as he was 5-for-10 from distance in the win … Novick has been in double figures in three of his last four games … Novick has gone 13-for-28 from three over the last four games … senior Jason Bady continues to play well as he notched another 19 points to lead York … Bady is averaging 19.1 points per game over his last six games … Bady is 14-for-19 from the floor in his last two games … Bady narrowly missed his fourth double-double of the year with nine rebounds to pace the Spartans.


Up Next:

The Spartans return home for a Capital Athletic Conference match up against St. Mary's. Tip time at Charles Wolf Gymnasium is set for 3:00 pm as the back end of the CAC doubleheader.

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

Halftime Interview with senior guard Nolan Smith