The York College men's basketball team picked up its first victory in the Matt Hunter era on Sunday afternoon when the Spartans earned a 55-44 triumph at Gettysburg College.
York improved to 1-3, while the Bullets fell to 2-2.
That was part of a doubleheader basketball sweep by York on Sunday at Hen Bream Gymnasium. The Spartan women rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to earn a 63-58 victory vs. Gettysburg.
In the men's game, Red Lion High School graduate Todd Maciejewski recorded his first double-double of the year to lead York. The senior forward tallied 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. He also handed out four assists and notched two steals. Maciejewski was 7-of-12 from the floor and 2-for-2 from
Mike Mathews tallied a career-high 13 points and the junior also had a career-high seven rebounds for the Spartans. York's Jeremy Skoloda added 11 points, including a season-high three 3-pointers.
Gettysburg's Alex Zurn led all scorers with 22 points. He also had eight rebounds.
When asked about picking up his first win at the helm of the Spartans, Hunter was quick to deflect the praise to his team.
"It feels great, but it's not about me, it's about the guys that are in that locker room right now. They are the ones that have put in the work, the blood, the sweat and the tears and they deserve it. We have been getting better every day at practice and this day was coming. It was just a matter of when."
York held the Bullets to 33.3 percent shooting from the field. Hunter was very pleased with his team's defensive effort.
"We came out and executed our game plan really well," Hunter said. "We packed it in and got them to play out on the perimeter. I thought our guys played extremely hard and were very disciplined defensively. I was really happy with our effort."
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, when they open their Capital Athletic Conference slate with a
Women's game: The nationally ranked York women team shook off a very sluggish first half to upend host Gettysburg.
The Spartans, who are ranked 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 and 18th in the d3hoops.com poll, improved to 4-0, while the Bullets fell to 1-3.
Gettysburg led 26-21 at the break and 35-25 with 15:25 remaining in regulation. But York fashioned a 13-3 run that tied the game at 38. That tie would begin a stretch of four ties and two lead changes. With the game tied at 48, junior Aja Wallpher hit a tough reverse layup and was fouled to give York a 51-48 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
York Catholic High School graduate Brittany Hicks registered her fourth double-double in as many games for York with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds. She was 4-for-8 from the floor. Hicks also went 12-for-16 from the free throw line -- both career highs for the junior forward.
Kristen Haley added 16 points, nine rebounds, and a career-high six steals for York. Wallpher tallied 12 points, a game-high seven assists and two rebounds.
Caroline Murphy paced the Bullets with 20 points and nine rebounds.
The Spartans continued to struggle from the field, converting just 29.2 percent of their shots from the floor.
Spartan head coach Betsy Witman was happy to get out of Gettysburg with a win.
"I thought we were very sluggish in the first half and sometimes after Thanksgiving you tend to be that way. I thought we really picked it up in the second half," Witman said. "I thought Aja Wallpher really stepped up in the second half and was a leader. She played smart and we started to score after really struggling in the first half. Overall, defensively we did a decent job."
The Spartans head to Goucher on Tuesday for a non-conference contest. Game time from Towson, Md., is 6 p.m.