Thursday, February 22, 2018

Men's Basketball - Warriors’ three-peat bid ends at Lebanon Valley

ANNVILLE, Pa. – Sophomore Ronald Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Christ the King) scored a career-high 24 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and the go-ahead jumper late in overtime, but Lebanon Valley sank two free throws with five seconds left in overtime and the Lycoming College men’s basketball teams’ quest for a third straight MAC Commonwealth title ended in the conference semifinals, 76-75, on Wednesday evening, Feb. 21, at Sorrentino Gymnasium.

Senior Alex Newbold (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 10 points and four steals in his final game. Freshman D’Yante Doughty (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) added 13 points and three steals, as Lycoming finished the season 19-7, the third straight season the team has recorded 19 wins.

Newbold and fellow senior Chris Wallace (Randallstown, Md./Calvert Hall) graduate as the winningest senior class in program history with 81 career wins and the duo each has totaled 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. Wallace finishes his career ranked 18th in points (1,233), 10th in rebounds (646), tied for fourth in steals (172) and fifth in blocks (93). Newbold’s 1,080 career point’s rank 29th in program history, his 549 rebounds are 20th and his 172 steals are tied with Wallace for fourth.

Facing a 14-point deficit with 8:26 remaining, the Warriors used a 15-2 run over the next five minutes to get within one after Jefferson hit a 3-pointer. Lebanon Valley countered with a 6-0 run and held a seven-point advantage with under a minute to go. A Jefferson jumper stopped the run and after a steal from junior Darius James (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) and layup from Newbold, the Warriors were back within three with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation. A missed free throw by Lebanon Valley and it stayed a one-possession game, setting up a clutch 3-pointer from Jefferson three feet behind the line with 9.1 seconds remaining to tie the game. Lebanon Valley had a chance for the win at the buzzer but Newbold forced a tough fall away jumper and a putback trickled off the rim to force overtime.

James carried the Warriors in the opening minutes of overtime, as he scored the teams’ first six points and Lycoming took a 70-67 lead with 3:12 remaining. The Flying Dutchmen came back and held a three-point advantage with just more than a minute to go. A free throw from James and a steal from sophomore Devon Taylor (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) allowed Jefferson’s layup to tie the game at 73 with 47 ticks to go. Lebanon Valley retook the lead on the next possession with a free throw before Jefferson’s stepback jumper gave the Warriors a one-point lead. Lebanon Valley drew a foul on the next possession and with 5.1 seconds remaining, Sam Light knocked down both free throws that allowed the Flying Dutchmen to escape with the win.

The Warriors faced a double-digit deficit for much of the first half after Lebanon Valley opened with a 17-4 lead as it hit 4-of-7 3-pointer in the opening six minutes. A 3-pointer from freshman Darius Dangerfield (Abingdon, Md./Hartford Tech) got Lycoming back within nine, but Lebanon Valley extended its lead to 14 and led by 12 with more than four minutes remaining in the opening half.

Lycoming, though, closed the half on a 7-0 run, started by a nice pass from Newbold to Wallace for an open layup. Doughty hit two free throws and a 3-pointer from the wing to cap the 7-0 run and lead the Warriors into the break facing a 34-29 deficit.

Ricky Bugg led Lebanon Valley with 23 points and seven rebounds and Light added 17 points and five assists.

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