Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Men's Basketball - Lycoming College Warriors rise to ninth in national rankings

The Warriors are ninth in the D3hoops.com poll. (Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – In the midst of their best start in six years, the Lycoming College men’s basketball team moved up three spots from 12th to a school-record ninth in the latest D3hoops.com poll, the website announced late on Monday, Dec. 11.


The top-10 ranking is the highest in program history, as the Warriors (9-0 overall, MAC Commonwealth 4-0) are off to their best start since 2011-12 when that team started a school-record 12-0.

MAC Commonwealth foe Albright also received 12 votes in the poll.

The Warriors are led by a high-scoring offense that ranks first in the MAC Commonwealth with 85.4 points scored per game and a defense that ranks third, allowing just 69.9 points per game. The 15.6-scoring margin is the highest in the conference and is 25th in Division III. The squad also ranks ninth nationally in both turnovers forced (22.6) and steals per game (12.4).

Senior Chris Wallace (Randallstown, Md./Calvert Hall) leads the team with 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds while his 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks rank second and fourth, respectively, in the conference. Senior Alex Newbold (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) and junior T.J. Duckett (Severna Park, Md./Calvert Hall) each are averaging 11.8 points per game. Newbold is averaging 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals while Duckett is hitting .511 percent of his 3-pointers, second best in the conference.


The Warriors return to action on Saturday, Dec. 16, as they host York (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. in a non-conference game at Lamade Gym.

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