Men’s Basketball Grabs #3 Seed with Win Over Mont Alto

Derrick Hoffman runs the fast break for Penn State York in a home game earlier this season.
Derrick Hoffman runs the fast break for Penn State York in a home game earlier this season.
Penn State York Men's Basketball defeated Penn State Mont Alto, 81–69, in the team's final game of the regular season on Friday, Feb. 9. With their fourth win in a row, York grabs the #3 seed in the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) playoffs and will open with a home game Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Traveling to face a Penn State Mont Alto squad playing for pride, Penn State York shot 45% from the field, 72% from the line, and played a clean game, only turning the ball over six times.
York led throughout the first half, but Mont Alto kept York's advantage to just six going into halftime. Mont Alto made a run and took a small lead six minutes into the second half, but it wouldn't last. After a few minutes of back-and-forth basketball, Joey O'Dwyer (Baltimore, Md. / Dulaney) capped off a decisive 13–0 run with his fourth 3-pointer of the night, effectively sealing the win with 3:52 to play.
For the second straight game, Penn State York had five players score in the double digits, led by Justin Luton (Baltimore, Md. / Newtown) with 16. Luton also had 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win. Khalil White (Cheltenham, Pa. / Cheltenham) scored 15 points while dishing out 4 assists, and O'Dwyer recorded 14 points on 4–7 shooting from distance.
Richard Grant (York, Pa. / Susquehannock) had a relatively quiet night, by his standards, shooting just 4-12 for 12 points while pulling down 7 rebounds. Derrick Hoffman (Manchester, Pa. / Northeastern) scored 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench for the second game in a row. Larry Rascoe (Harrisburg, Pa. / Susquehanna Township) scored 4 points at the line while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists.
Penn State York finishes the regular season 16–7 overall, and 12–4 in the PSUAC. After accounting for tiebreakers, York receives the #3 seed for the playoffs, meaning they will host the #6 seed (TBD) on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the first round.