FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College men's basketball team dropped their sixth straight, falling to Mary Washington 58-44 on Wednesday night in Capital Athletic Conference play.
The Eagles improve to 13-11 overall and 6-5 in the league while the Spartans fall to 7-17 overall and 2-9 in conference play. Despite the loss for the Spartans, the Green and White will be playing in the upcoming conference tournament because Frostburg State defeated Marymount, giving the Spartans the tiebreaker with the Saints regardless of Saturday's York outcome.
The Spartans never led in the game as the Eagles raced out to a 13-5 lead just over six minutes into the contest. York cut their deficit to four twice before the Eagles went on a 7-0 run to take a 21-10 lead with 7:14 left in the first half.
York cut the lead to nine but Mary Washington scored seven of the final eight points of the half to take a 28-13 lead to the break.
The Spartans never got closer than nine in the second half as they couldn't overcome their poor offensive showing in the first half.
Bradley Reister led the Eagles as he tallied a game-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes of work. Taylor Johnson came off the bench to add 15 points to the Eagle offense. Johnson also had a team-high nine rebounds in his 28 minutes of action.
Senior Julian Watson (Odenton, Md./Arundel) led York with 10 points as he was 4-for-7 from the floor including 1-for-1 from three and 1-for-2 from the stripe.
The two teams didn't do a very good job of taking care of the ball as each squad had 20 turnovers in the game. What Mary Washington did do a good job at was converting York's mistakes into points as they scored 22 points off the Spartans' mistakes. York collected just 13 points off the Eagle turnovers.
York shot just 34.1% from the field in the game including an ice cold 2-for-16 (12.5%) from three. UMW converted 40.8% from the floor while they went a much better 8-for-22 (36.4%) from distance. Both teams were below average from the free throw line. York shot 57.1% in 21 attempts while UMW was at 58.5% in 17 chances.
The Spartans conclude their 2012-13 regular season on Saturday at home against Frostburg State. Tip time is scheduled for 3:00 pm and will be preceded by Senior Day ceremonies.