It was slightly delayed, but the York College men got their 2019-2020 basketball season off to a roaring start on Tuesday night.
The Spartans earned a dominating road triumph over Dickinson in Carlisle, 90-63. York led 35-27 at halftime, but blew it open with a 55-36 second-half surge.
York had been scheduled to open up Friday night at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. That game, however, was postponed when F&M students staged a sit-in on the court just before the game. The students were protesting some photos that were posted on social media that reportedly featured some Diplomat athletes, including basketball players, in racially insensitive Halloween costumes.
There is still no rescheduled date for the York-F&M game listed on the York College men's basketball website. The Spartans-Diplomats game was a highly-anticipated match-up of two teams coming off 20-plus-win seasons.
Friday's postponement pushed York's opener back to Tuesday in Carlisle, and the Spartans were ready.
Central York High School graduate Jared Wagner, a 6-foot, 1-inch senior coming off an All-Capital Athletic Conference season a year ago, led the way for York with 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. He was 7 for 10 from field. He is now nine points shy of 1,000 for his career.
Wagner will have an opportunity to reach the milestone on Friday night when York travels to Salem, Virginia, to take on Johnson & Wales in the first round of the Dick Leftwich Tip-Off Tournament at Roanoke.
Logan Collins, a 6-4- freshman from Littlestown High School, came off the bench and excelled in his college debut on Tuesday, posting 14 points and seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of action. He was 5 for 7 from the field and 2 for 2 from 3-point range.
David Giuliana added 12 points and seven rebounds for York, while Spring Grove grad Darin Gordon chipped in nine points.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE NOTES
Women's basketball team falls to Stevenson: York Suburban High School graduate Molly Day had 11 points and five rebounds in a losing cause for the York College women's basketball team in a 63-54 home loss to Stevenson on on Tuesday.
Gettysburg High grad Alana Bortner also had 11 points for York, which fell to 0-2. It was Stevenson's opener.
York will play host to the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament this weekend. The Spartans open up the event vs. William Patterson at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Spartan wrestlers honored: York College wrestlers Jackson Drum and Eric Hutchinson have been named the Spartan Co-Athletes of the Week after championship performances at the Ned McGinley Invitational this past weekend at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre.
Drum made his season debut a successful one as he won the 174-pound title as the No. 1 seed. Hutchinson, the No. 2 seed, captured the 157-pound crown. Hutchinson is now 7-0 for 2019-20.