YORK – York College took on Kansas Wesleyan at the Freeman Center for their first conference game of the season on Wednesday night. York was the favorite team going into this as they had just beaten the No. 10 ranked Tigers of Dakota Wesleyan 91-87 last Saturday night.
York got off to a strong start leading 27 points in the first half 50-23. It was a different style of game for the Panthers as most of their points came from inside the paint rather than outside shots. Wayne Johnson, Jr. (JR/Pittsburg, Calif) scored 14 points with seven rebounds while, guard, Aaron Munday-Rashid (SO/Melbourne, Australia) put up 16 points late into the game.
As the game wore on, the Coyotes were able to pick apart York’s defense ever so slightly and add more points on the board. Their shots started to fall and they brought the Panther’s lead down to within 10 points. York’s continued struggles at the free throw line seemed to still haunt them. Nevertheless, the determined Panthers continued to grind down low with their big men to get the job done in their 83-72 win over Kansas Wesleyan.
Trevor Lenear (SR/Bellevue, Neb), shared his thoughts after the game saying, “We really need to improve on our free throw shooting and how to finish games by playing a full 40 minutes. Once we can improve on that we will be a scary team moving forward.” Mark Dean (SR/Denver, Colo) played a big role in the win leading the team in scoring with a game high 17 points, while racking up seven rebounds.
York’s pressure defense was a game changer as the Panthers scored 25 points on 20 forced turnovers. Christ Smith led the way with three steals.
After starting the season 0-2 the Panthers now hold a four-game winning streak as they sit 4-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. York is in action to play in Bartlesville, Oklahoma this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. against the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles.