Sophomore guard Tyler Martin was one of four Lions in double figures. He finished with 12 points.
Sophomore guard Tyler Martin was one of four Lions in double figures. He finished with 12 points. (File photo)

The Penn State York men's basketball team won the Penn State University Athletic Conference tournament Sunday night on a game-winning free throw by Ben Todd with 1.2 seconds left.

Penn State York defeated Penn State Beaver, 80-79, to earn the championship and advance to the Division II United States Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Todd, a graduate of nearby Hereford High School in Parkton, Md., finished with 10 points. The 6-foot, 7-inch junior center was one of four Penn State York players to finish in double figures.

Sophomore guard Logan Steckel, a Red Lion Christian grad, pumped in a game-high 28 points.

Senior forward Xavier Smith totaled 13 points and sophomore guard Tyler Martin chipped in 12 points.

Lions roar to big lead: Penn State York (21-6) started the game strong and led by as many as 16 points in the first half and held a 37-28 edge at intermission.

The local Lions later led 60-49 with 10:21 to play when Beaver (20-7) began a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to two, 60-58, with 8:32 remaining.

A pair of free throws from Steckel gave York a 79-74 lead with 1:14 left before a Beaver 3-pointer cut it to 79-77 with 55 seconds on the clock.

After Penn State York was stopped on its next possession, Beaver hit two free throws to tie the game with 17 seconds left.

PSY hot from long range: Penn State York made nine of 17 three-point attempts (52.9 percent), while Penn State Beaver went six of 19 (31.6 percent) from beyond the arc.

The local Lions shot 46 percent from the field (29-of-63), while Beaver made 45.2 percent of its shots (28-of-62).

Both teams shot 81 percent from the free-throw line.