McNeely's Career-High 22 Points Not Enough as Spartans Fall at Salisbury

McNeely's Career-High 22 Points Not Enough as Spartans Fall at Salisbury

SALISBURY, MD – The York College men's basketball team dropped 76-67 Capital Athletic Conference decision at Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, MD.

With the loss, the Spartans fall to 4-19 overall and 3-12 in the CAC. With the win, the Sea Gulls improve to 12-11 overall and 7-7 in the league as they keep their conference playoff hopes alive.

The Sea Gulls jumped on the Spartans early as they sprinted out to an 11-2 lead. That's nothing new for the Spartans as they have had a habit of falling behind early only to quickly climb back into the game. The script was the same on Saturday as York used an 11-4 run to claw to within two at 15-13 with 12:31 left in the first half.

Salisbury responded with a quick two minute, 9-0 spurt to push their lead back to 11. Freshman Brad Wesner (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) buried a three to halt the Salisbury run and get the Spartans back on track. The Salisbury lead wavered between four and nine points before York ripped off an 8-0 spurt to cut their deficit to one at 30-29. Freshman Ryan Beaver (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) knocked down a pair of threes during the spurt for York.

The Sea Gulls answered the Spartans again as they hit the Green and White with ten straight points, pushing their lead back to 11 with 58 seconds left in the half. Freshman Tyler Alcid (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) hit a three with 32 seconds left in the half to stem the tide as the Green and White hit the locker room down 40-32.

The second half saw the Sea Gulls methodically build their lead. York cut their deficit to six three times in the first three minutes of the half but Salisbury pushed the lead to double figures on a Justin Witmer triple with 15:59 left. York battled to get back into single digits and cut the Salisbury lead to seven on a pair of B.J. Enck (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) free throws with 10:48 left. The Gulls then embarked on a 12-4 run, pushing their lead to 15. York would again answer with a run to cut their deficit to eight but the Green and White would not be able to get over the hump as they fell by nine points.

Tim Harwood and Conor Strickland led the Gulls with 17 points each. Harwood was 4-for-13 from the floor including 3-for-7 from three and 6-for-6 from the line. Harwood also collected five rebounds, dished out four assists and had four steals in his 29 minutes of work. Strickland was a very efficient 5-for-8 from the floor including 3-for-5 from three while he also converted 4-of-4 from the stripe. Strickland added four assists and four steals for Salisbury. Dominic Milburn added 12 points, five rebounds, and two assists in his 26 minutes on the floor for Salisbury.

York was paced by senior Matt McNeely (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) as the forward poured in a career-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. McNeely nailed 6-of-7 from the stripe. Beaver was the other Spartan in double figures with 11 points while he also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Freshman Joey Feinberg (New City, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep) had seven points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Green and White.

Both teams shot a nearly identical 42% from the floor but the big difference came from downtown. Salisbury went 13-for-34 (38.2%) from distance while York was 7-for-18 (38.9%). York had their best performance of the year from the stripe as they knocked down 14-of-15 (93.3%) while the Sea Gulls were solid, converting 15-of-19 (78.9%) in the win.

Both teams pulled in 32 rebounds but the Spartans were hurt by turnovers. York committed 21 miscues, which led to 29 points for Salisbury. The Gulls took care of the ball, committing 13 turnovers, which resulted in 11 points for York.

The Spartans make their final road trip of the 2013-14 season on Wednesday when they travel to Frostburg State University. The contest will also be the final league contest for York as the Spartans close out the campaign next Saturday when they host Southern Virginia in a non-league game. Tip time on Wednesday night will be 8:00 pm in Frostburg, Maryland.

Matt McNeely photo courtesy of David Sinclair