YORK, Pa. – The York College men's basketball team looks to pick up a win on Tuesday when they travel half an hour up Route 83 to take on the Penn State Harrisburg Lions in a non-conference matchup at 8 :00pm at the Capital Union Building. The Spartans hold a lead in the all-time series 3-1. Next year, Penn State Harrisburg will become an annual date on the schedule as they move in to the Capital Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season.
The Spartans are 2-5 (1-1 CAC) after a great 77-69 away win at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware on Saturday. In the game, the Spartans jumped out to a 46-26 lead at halftime, and shot 57.1% from the field for the game. Senior forward Todd Maciejewski (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) led the team with a team-high 18 points and 12 rebounds, while senior forward Mitch Kemp (York, Pa./York Suburban) contributed 17 points and sixth-man senior guard Chad Styer (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown) added a career-high 15 points.
Senior guard Julian Watson (Odenton, Md./Arundel) passed the 1,000 point mark for his career in the game at Wesley on Saturday. He became the 21st player in York College men's basketball history to achieve this milestone. He currently stands at 1,008 points for his career.
Maciejewski leads the Spartans in both points per game (15.0), rebounds per game (7.9), and steals per game (2.1). Watson is second in scoring at 13.0 points.
Penn St.-Harrisburg comes in to the game on a two game winning streak after defeating Lancaster Bible College 76-65 and Penn St.-Berks 84-78 last week, which improved their record to 4-4 (2-0 NEAC). The Nittany Lions run a well-balanced offense, with their leading score junior guard William Doyle only scoring 12.4 points per game. Nine Nittany Lions score at least five points per game. Seven players have started at least half of their games.
This game will be the fifth of seven straight on the road for the Spartan men. They travel to Memphis, Tenn. to face Kalamazoo College at 5:00pm in the Rhodes College Crowne Plaza Tournament on December 21, followed by the championship or consolation game a day later. York returns home to face Grove City College in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, December 28 at 6:00pm in Wolf Gymnasium after more than a month playing away from home.
Preview written by Evan Frock, Athletic Communications Practicum student