The Grand Collection: A list of area 1,000 point scorersYork, PA -
Northeastern senior Khalid Nwandu scored 20 of his game-high 32 points in the second half of Monday night's basketball game against Central York, and the Bobcats eked out a 58-56 win at home.
The 6-foot-2 Nwandu, who signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I basketball at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md., next season, also surpassed 1,000 career points with a 3-point basket with 1:14 remaining that tied the score at 55-all.
Nwandu, who entered the night needing 27 points to hit the milestone, is the 14th Northeastern player to reach the 1,000-point plateau and the first to do it since Elijah Cooper last season. Levi Winters, a 2004 grad, is the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,921 career points.
"It is obviously a big accomplishment for me," Nwandu said. "I have put in a lot of hard work and so many hours in the gym. I knew (27 points) was reachable tonight, but I didn't want to go out and force it.
"This is a huge win for us. Central is one of the teams to beat around here. It was great to do both tonight."
Nwandu's 3-pointer was in the middle of an eight-point run he had for the Bobcats in the final 2:48 of play. He also connected on two free throws and two driving layups as Northeastern fought to keep pace with the Panthers.
"I just attacked," Nwandu said. "My teammates found me in great positions all night tonight and were able to get me the basketball."
Central York (6-8, 4-2 Div. I) was up 56-55 with 57.6 seconds left after freshman Charlie Gingrich sank a free throw, but Nwandu put Northeastern ahead to stay on his final points of the game with 44 seconds remaining.
"We knew who the ball was going to, we just couldn't stop him," Central York coach Kevin Schieler said. "Give him a lot of credit. He is a very, very gifted offensive basketball player. A very, very gifted overall basketball player."
Northeastern (8-5, 5-2 Div. II) added a free throw from senior guard Braheem Riley with 11.4 seconds left to make it a two-point game. The Panthers then called a timeout with eight seconds on the clock after rebounding the second free throw attempt by Riley.
After the timeout, Central York senior guard Darian Hampton drove into the lane and kicked the ball back out to junior guard Royce Clemens, whose shot hit the rim as time expired.
Central York scored six unanswered points at the tail end of the first quarter to forge ahead 17-11 and led by as many as nine points in the second quarter before taking a 29-22 lead at halftime.
The Panthers were 11-of 26 from the field, but seven of their 11 field goals were in the paint and four of those were off the 12 first-half turnovers by Northeastern.
"Central is a really solid defensive team," said Northeastern coach Jon Eyster. "They play a hard, tough man-to-man defense."
Northeastern rallied to start the third quarter behind six early points from Khalid Nwandu and four from freshman Kobi Nwandu, with Kobi's fastbreak layup tying the score at 31-31 with 5:38 remaining.
"That was a gut check," Eyster said. "We made a nice rally to start the second half. That run was big. Crucial."
Central rallied back behind six points from Hampton to take a 43-38 lead into the final eight minutes.
"We must have turned the ball over a ton of times in that third quarter," said Schieler said. "To give up that lead and come back to lead by five shows a lot of character, but you have to finish games."
Sophomore forward Derrick Hoffman added eight points for Northeastern while Riley finished with seven points and Kobi Nwandu had six points. Central York got a team-high 12 points from Hampton and 10 fourth-quarter points from Gingrich, who was 8-of-9 from the foul line.
"I put (Gingrich) in at the end of the third quarter just to give another player a break," Schieler said. "But he was playing so well, I couldn't take him back out. He's a big kid inside and not afraid to play physical."
CENTRAL YORK (56)
Corey Hartz 3 0-0 6, Darian Hampton 5 2-4 12, Sam Saxton 0 0-0 0, Royce Clemens 2 0-0 4, Ryan Gardner 0 3-4 3, Charlie Gingrich 1 8-9 10, Nick Salter 3 0-0 7, Andrew Sauers 1 0-0 2, Brandon Shaffer 0 0-0 0, Peter Falci 1 3-4 6, Nate Snyder 3 0-0 6. Totals19 16-21 56.
Khalid Nwandu 13 4-8 32, Braheem Riley 2 3-4 7, Kobi Nwandu 2 2-3 6, Christian Eyster 1 0-0 3, Derrick Hoffman 3 2-2 8, Mike Coleman 1 0-0 2, Robert Wade 0 0-0 0, Cody Reeser 0 0-0 0, Damon Marshall 0 0-0 0, Albion Bajrami 0 0-0 0, Donovian Maxfield 0 0-0 0. Totals22 11-17 58.
Central York 17 12 9 18 -- 56
Northeastern 11 11 21 15 -- 58
3-point goals -- Central 2 (Salter, Falci), Northeastern 3 (Kh. Nwandu 2, Eyster).
JV score -- Northeastern 48, Central 43.