The York College of Pennsylvania men's basketball team played in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament on Friday, March 2, 2012. Fans were no doubt disappointed when the team lost to Franklin & Marshall College in the first round of the tournament, but fans should celebrate the great season the team had instead of focusing on the disappointing trip to the NCAA tournament.
The game was off to a difficult start when the Spartans fell behind in the first half 41-25. Though the Spartans were able to step up their defensive game somewhat in the second half, holding the team to 31 points, the team still lost. The final score was 72-50. The Franklin & Marshall College men's basketball team will continue on to the second round of the tournament where the team will face West Connecticut State University on March 3, 2012.
This would be the final basketball game in Jeff Gamber's career at York College. Gamber has been the coach of the team for 35 years. He announced before this season started that this would be his last. Gamber has been more than just the men's basketball coach for York College, he also coached the golf team and was an integral part of the Spartans' athletic department. Gamber was honored with his fifth Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award after his team took the CAC championship.
The York College women's basketball team, on the other hand, won their game. The team defeated St. Vincent College by a score of 86-66. The women's team will now be playing in the second round of the tournament. On Saturday, March 3, 2012, the team will play Juniata College. The winner will continue on in the tournament.
Messiah College was the other local college that sent both its men's and women's teams to the NCAA Division III tournament. Just as with the York College teams, the Messiah men's team lost while the women's team won. The women's team defeated Kean University and will be going on to the second round to play the University of Mary Washington. The men's team fell to the University of Scranton.
- York College