GRANTHAM, PA – The York College men's basketball team took to the road for the first time this year as they traveled to Messiah College on Saturday for a non-conference contest. The Falcons remained unbeaten as they downed the Spartans 75-63 in the Saturday matinee.
The Falcons remain perfect at 4-0 while the Spartans have lost three in a row as they fall to 1-3.
The two squads traded momentum over the opening eight minutes of the game. There were four lead changes before the Falcons took the lead on a David Fernandez lay up with 12:23 left in the half. The bucket started a 12-4 run as the Falcons slowly started to seize control of the contest.
York kept the Falcon lead in single digits until late in the half when Messiah forged a double digit advantage. York went to the break trailing 45-31 after being outscored 12-3 over the final 4:30 of the half.
The Spartans kept battling in the second half as they cut the Falcon lead to 10 on an Evan Crosby (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) free throw with 13:59 left in the game. Messiah quickly answered that with a 13-3 run to push the lead to 64-44 with 9:19 remaining.
York would cut the lead down to 13 but that was as close as they would get until Ryan Beaver (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) hit a three with eight seconds left in the game to provide for the final margin.
Brad Bolen paced the Falcons with a game-high 20 points while he also had eight rebounds and two steals. Bolen was 6-for-16 from the floor including 3-of-8 from three while he also nailed 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Fernandez added 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists while Zac Hoy was the third Falcon in double figures with 10 points.
Senior B.J. Enck (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) and freshman Dalton Myers (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) led the Spartans with 17 points each. Enck notched his second career double-double with a career-high 11 rebounds in his 29 minutes of work. Enck was 6-for-11 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the line. Myers continues to play well in his first season in the Green and White as he was 6-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-8 from the line. Myers also pulled in six boards in the contest.
York finished the game shooting 40.4% from the floor while they held Messiah to 34.8% shooting. Unfortunately for York, the Falcons had 19 offensive rebounds that led to 21 second chance points in the game.
The Falcons outrebounded the Spartans 46-41 while Messiah forced 18 York turnovers, which they turned into 23 points.
The Spartans will now have eight days to prepare for their Capital Athletic Conference opener when the Green and White heads to Wesley to face the Wolverines in the conference opener for both squads on Sunday, December 1. Tip time in Dover, Delaware is set for 3:00 pm.