YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball team closed out their 2012-13 regular season with another tight loss, falling to Frostburg State University 64-60 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday in York.
The setback was the seventh straight for York as they fall to 7-18 overall and conclude the year 2-10 in the CAC. The Bobcats improve to 10-15 overall and 4-8 in the CAC. The Spartans earned the sixth and final seed in the CAC tournament thanks to a tiebreaker win over Marymount. The Bobcats will enter next week's tournament as the fifth seed.
The Bobcats rode strong perimeter shooting early as they pushed out to a 16-6 lead after the Spartans had taken a 6-3 advantage just two minutes into the game. Frostburg pushed their lead to a game-high 13 points on a deep Christian Jackson three pointer with 6:04 left in the half.
The Spartans started to climb back into the game as they put together a 10-2 run that was capped by a Mike Mathews (Newark, Del./Salesianum) three-point play with 2:16 left in the half. The Spartans had it down to five just before the half but Jackson drew a three-shot foul with five seconds left in the half. Jackson sank all three free throws as the Bobcats took a 37-29 lead to the break.
The Green and White came out of the break an inspired group on Senior Day. York opened the half on a long 17-6 run as the Spartans took a 46-43 lead with 12:20 remaining in the game. The run was fueled by seniors Todd Maciejewski (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) and Julian Watson (Odenton, Md./Arundel). Maciejewski tossed in seven points on the run while Watson added six.
The Bobcats wasted little time in answering York's run as they went on a 15-2 spurt that turned the tide back in favor of Frostburg. The Spartans were undettered as they answered with an 8-0 burst of their own, drawing to within two at 58-56 with 2:18 left in the game. The Bobcats got a score on their ensuing possession followed by a Spartan turnover and a second straight bucket put FSU up 62-56 with under a minute left.
York got back to within four but Jackson converted a pair of free throws and York would not get any closer than four the rest of the way.
Jackson led all players as the nation's second-leading scorer poured in 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor including four three-pointers. He was also 8-for-10 from the line to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot and a steal in his 35 minutes of action. Royce Hunsberger came off the bench to add a trio of three point field goals for nine points in his 22 minutes of play.
Watson led York with 21 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the floor while he was 7-for-8 from the stripe. Maciejewski notched his team-leading sixth double-double of the year with 15 points and 12 rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Maciejewski was 5-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the line. He also had three assists and a pair of steals.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 44.7% from the field as they went 5-for-12 (41.7%) from three. York was very good from the line, converting 13-of-16 (81.3%). Frostburg shot 43.8% from the floor but made 12 three-point field goals in 26 attempts.
The Spartans will begin their quest for a second consecutive conference championship on Tuesday night when they travel to Salisbury University to face the Sea Gulls in the first round of the CAC Tournament. Game time in Salisbury is set for 8:00 pm. The Gulls swept the season series by a combined six points, picking up three-point win in each meeting.