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Lenear leads Panthers past McPherson

Lenear leads Panthers past McPherson

McPherson, KAN. – York College overcame a hot shooting McPherson team to escape with their first conference road win of the season 103-98.

Trevor Lenear (SR/Bellevue, Neb) had a career night scoring 28 points, picking up four rebounds and four assists as he led the Panthers back from a 19-point deficit at 22-3 and then a 13-point deficit at the break. Lenear was one of five players to score in double figures for the Panthers.

Patrick Burnett (JR/Erie, Pa) was clutch down the stretch as he connected on free throws and hit a three-point basket with 40 seconds to go for a two possession lead.

Mark Dean (SR/Denver, Colo) scored 18 points and Michael Johnson (SR/Orlando, Fla) had 13 points, while Eric Lenear (FR/Bellevue, Neb) scored a career high 12 points off of the bench. Burnett tallied nine rebounds and five assists.

McPherson jumped out early scoring 11 of their first 14 shots, including 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs Aaron Bachura scored 15 points in the first seven minutes of play. The Bulldogs built their lead up to 22 points midway through the first way before York was able to slowly cut into the deficit.

In the second half the Panthers held Bachura to just eight points. Over a seven minute span the Panthers went on a 31-13 run that gave the Panthers their first lead of the game with 9:58 remaining. York owned the next three minutes as they built an eight-point lead but the Bulldogs didn’t back down.

With a 95-93 lead Burnett hit a dagger from beyond the arc with 43 seconds remaining to give York a two possession lead.

York shot 55% during the second half, scoring 65 points in the come-from-behind win.

The Panthers improve to 8-5 overall, and 5-3 in KCAC play.

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