Saturday, January 20, 2018

Newbold’s career game leads Warriors in overtime comeback over Hood

Senior Alex Newbold scored his 1,000th career point in the win against Hood.
(Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Senior Alex Newbold (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) poured in a career-high 27 points, notched his fourth career double-double and scored his 1000th career point to lead the 10th-ranked Lycoming College men’s basketball team to an 106-100 overtime comeback win over Hood College on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 20, at Lamade Gym in a MAC Commonwealth game.

Newbold became the 32nd player in program history to score 1,000 career points when he hit a floating layup with 1:51 remaining in overtime to give Lycoming a five-point lead. Seventeen of his 27 points came in the second half and overtime and he scored nine of the team’s 13 overtime points. Newbold also added 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals while hitting 10-of-15 shots.

Sophomore Ronald Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Christ the King) came off the bench and also notched a career-high with 20 points, 15 of which came in the second half. He added five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Junior T.J. Duckett (Severna Park, Md./Calvert Hall) also came off the bench to score 18 points on 5-of-10 shots from behind the 3-point line. Fourteen of his points came in the second half.

After a closely contested first half and early part of the second half, Hood took a nine-point lead with 13 minutes remaining in the second half. But four minutes later, Duckett gave Lycoming (17-1 overall, 8-1 MAC Commonwealth) its first lead of the half on a 3-pointer to make it 69-67. In the 14-4 Warrior run, Duckett scored 10 of the team’s points, including a four-point play.

Once Lycoming regained the lead, Hood countered with a 22-8 run to take a 12-point lead with four minutes remaining. Four quick points from Jefferson got the deficit down to eight. After Hood answered with a 3-pointer, Jefferson and Duckett each hit 3-pointers of their own to get within five. Newbold had an and-one layup to get within three. Senior Chris Wallace (Randallstown, Md./Calvert Hall) hit a layup with 32 seconds remaining and Jefferson added a floater with 10 seconds left to force overtime. Lycoming ended regulation on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 93.

The momentum continued in overtime as just three seconds in, thanks to a won tipoff from Wallace, Newbold scored an acrobatic and-one layup to take the three-point lead. The Warriors opened overtime on an 11-1 run and the closest Hood got within the final 35 seconds was four points.

Wallace totaled 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Freshman Ramadan Jennings(Jackson, Ohio/Life Skills) contributed eight points and five rebounds off a bench that produced 50 points. Junior Darius James (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) added eight points and six rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

The Warriors scored 60 points in the paint compared to Hood’s 18. They also held a 35-21 advantage in points off turnovers. Lycoming hit more than 49 percent of its shots and 7-of-17 3-pointers.

Hood (7-11 overall, 3-6 MAC Commonwealth) was led by Nathaniel Christian, who netted 25 points off the bench. He also hit 14-of-17 free throws. Evan Wang added 20 points on 6-of-7 from deep and Mason Wang came off the bench to total 18 points and six assists. Hood hit 16-of-40 3-pointers and 30 free throws.

The Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 24, when they head to Messiah for a MAC Commonwealth tilt at 8 p.m.

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