|Ottawa (Kan.) 14-17, 11-11||38||40||78|
|York College 23-9, 17-5||42||57||99|
|Feb. 25, 2017|
|Ottawa (Kan.)||Indv. Leaders||York College|
|#3 Hollis Mitchell - 27||Points||#5 Michael Johnson - 15|
|#12 Alex Hasty - 9||Rebounds||#34 Cameron Coleman - 12|
|#3 Hollis Mitchell - 6||Assists||#3 Johnny Cooksey - 5|
|Ottawa (Kan.)||Team Statistics||York College|
|46% (29 - 63)||Field Goals %||50% (36 - 72)|
|36.1% (13 - 36)||3 Point Field Goals %||44.4% (12 - 27)|
|70% (7 - 10)||Free Throws||75% (15 - 20)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||20|
YORK – York College beat Ottawa University 99-78 to advance to the KCAC Basketball Championship on Monday night at the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas. The Panthers will face Southwestern College, who upset No. 1 seed Tabor College, in the championship game. The winner of that game will earn an automatic berth to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championships in Point Lookout, Mo.
Michael Johnson (JR/Orlando, Fla) led the Panthers as he scored 15 points off the bench. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Four other Panthers scored in double figures as the second half surge allowed York to pull away from the Braves.
Cameron Coleman (SR/Allen, Texas) scored 14 points and added 12 rebounds. Keith Mack (JR/Chicago, Ill) added 13 points, while Johnny Cooksey (SR/Shreveport, La) scored 12 points and had five assists. Kameron Malbrough (FR/Arlington, Texas) was also a big contributor off of the bench as he posted 11 points on the afternoon.
The Braves made things close early on as they weren't missing shots and had a lead most of the first half. Neither team held a lead larger than five as there were 10 lead changes and seven ties. The Panthers pushed their lead to four as Drelan Tripplett (JR/Oklahoma City, Okla) made two free throws with 28 seconds remaining in the half for the 42-38 score at intermission.
The second half was controlled by the Panthers as they never lost the lead and the Braves never got closer than a two possession game. York went up by double digits on Johnny Cooksey's three with five minutes to go making the score 76-64. Over the next two minutes York grew their lead to 20 before head coach Delton Deal subbed out his role players to a standing ovation from the Freeman Center crowd.
Over the final two minutes of play the Panthers maintained their lead and held on for the 99-78 victory.
York dominated the paint scoring 44 points to just 27 by the Braves. York also outrebounded Ottawa 49 to 27. With Johnson's strong game the bench was plus 40 in bench scoring.
With the win the Panthers improve to 23-9 on the season. York now owns a 10-game win streak as they head into the KCAC Championship game.
The two team's split their season series as each team won on their home court. The Panthers own a 10-game winning streak and the Moundbuilders currently have an 8-game winning streak of their own. Southwestern played in the championship game last year as well, falling to the Tabor Bluejays. Each team also earned an automatic bid to the national championships last year.