Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lycoming Warriors second in initial Mid-Atlantic Region rankings

Junior T.J. Duckett and the Warriors are second in the initial Mid-Atlantic Region rankings.
(Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Leading the MAC Commonwealth standings with three games to play for the third time in four seasons and having stayed within the national poll all season, the 16th-ranked Lycoming College men’s basketball team is second in the initial Mid-Atlantic Regional Ranking, released by the NCAA rankings committee on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Sitting second in the poll after posting a 19-3 record with three games remaining in the regular season, the Warriors are behind only the Capital Athletic Conference’s seventh-ranked York (Pa.) (19-2) in the regional rankings. The Centennial Conference’s Swarthmore (18-3) and Johns Hopkins (17-4) are third and fourth, ahead of the Christopher Newport (CAC, 16-5), the MAC Commonwealth’s Albright (16-5), Franklin & Marshall (Centennial, 18-3) and Juniata (Landmark, 18-3).

Lycoming’s ranking of second is a program-high after finishing fourth in the final rankings in 2016-17. The team has risen as high as third in the rankings, doing so on Feb. 22, 2017 and also reaching third in the first poll in 2012.

With eight players averaging at least five points per game, the Warriors have one of the most balanced teams in the region, as they routinely use 11-12 players in its rotation. Senior forward Chris Wallace (Randallstown, Md./Calvert Hall) and senior swing player Alex Newbold (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) have led the way, with Wallace averaging 14.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and a conference-leading 2.18 steals per game and Newbold adding 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. Juniors T.J. Duckett (Severna Park, Md./Calvert Hall) and Darius James (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Laughlin add 9.2 and 8.8 points, respectively, while three others also add at least 7.0 points per game.

Lycoming leads the MAC Commonwealth in scoring (83.2), scoring margin (10.2), steals (11.0), turnover margin (4.6) and turnovers forced (20.55). Lycoming is eighth in Division III with an .864 winning percentage and is 13thin the division in both steals and turnovers forced.

The Warriors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 10, when they head to Stevenson University for a MAC Commonwealth game. The women tip at 1 p.m. while the men start at 3 p.m.

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