YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball team dropped an 89-55 non-conference decision to Alvernia University on a Saturday matinee at Charles Wolf Gymnasium.
The Crusaders improve to 6-3 overall as they have won three of their last four games. The Spartans drop to 1-7 overall as they have lost seven straight after their season opening victory.
The Spartans were very much in the game early as they trailed 12-8 just under four minutes into the game. The Crusaders slowly built their lead to 11 over the next five minutes of the game. After a Matt McNeely (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) lay up trimmed the Alvernia lead to nine, the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to push out to a 32-13 lead. A pair of Kahlil Bennett triples fueled the run as the Crusaders were poised to blow the game wide open.
The Spartans battled back as they outscored Alvernia 8-2 over the final four minutes of the half to cut their halftime deficit to 11 at 38-27.
The Crusaders got off to a blistering start to open the second half, outscoring York 18-1 over the first six minutes of the half. That pushed the Crusader lead to 28 as the Spartans really struggled to take care of the ball.
The Crusader lead grew to as many as 43 before the Spartans ended the game on a 13-4 spurt to provide for the final result.
The trio of Brian Parker, Bennett, and Harrison Deyo powered the Crusaders. Parker poured in a game-high 19 points while he also collected a game-high 10 rebounds for the double-double. Parker was 7-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-10 from the line. Bennett added 18 points and three steals while Deyo contributed 17 points, eight rebounds, and a trio of blocked shots. Deyo was an impressive 7-for-8 from the floor while he was 3-for-9 from the stripe. Lamont Clark was the fourth Crusader in double figures as he notched 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
The Spartans were led by senior B.J. Enck (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) as he tallied 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and a solid 5-for-6 showing from the stripe. He was the only Spartan to reach double figures in the loss.
McNeely added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Alvernia shot 55.7% from the floor in the win including 58.1% in the second half. The Crusaders converted 7-of-17 (41.2%) from three while they struggled from the stripe, going just 14-of-30 (46.7%).
York shot 36.7% from the floor in the game including a chilly 25% (7-for-28) in the second half. York went 4-of-14 (28.6%) from three while they made 15-of-20 (75%) from the line.
Turnovers were a huge problem for York as they committed a season-high 28 miscues. Those mistakes led to 33 Crusader points while Alvernia also held a 10-0 margin in fast break points. Alvernia controlled the glass, holding a 37-33 edge in rebounding. The Crusaders had an 18-6 advantage in second chance points while they also feasted on the Spartans in the paint as 48 of the Crusader points came in the key.
The Spartans are off until December 29 when they will travel to the Albright College Holiday Tournament. They will face the host Lions in the opening round of the tournament at 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.