Warriors come up short in Commonwealth opener

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Lycoming College men’s basketball team dropped its Commonwealth Conference opener, 68-61, against Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Jan. 7.The first half saw 11 lead changes and three ties in the first 10 minutes of play before the Blue Jays took a 20-18 lead with 9:20 to play in the half. Their lead increased to as much as six points before Lycoming brought it back to within one at 28-27 with 2:55 to play, but Elizabethtown closed the half with a 6-2 run to take a 34-29 lead into the intermission.

Both teams shot 44.4 percent from the field in the half, but Elizabethtown connected on 4-of-10 three-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws. The Warriors hit just 2-of-8 three balls and only converted on all three of their trips to the charity stripe.

The Blue Jays opened the second half by pushing the lead up to 13 points at 51-38 with 11:53 to play before the Warriors clawed back into the game with a 10-0 run, bringing the score to 51-48 with 8:08 to play.

Etown responded with a five point run of its own to push the lead back out to eight points, but a resilient Lycoming team fought back to within three points at 64-61 with 21 seconds left.

The Blue Jays were able to convert a layup with nine seconds left and hit two free throws as the clock wound down to seal a 68-61 win.

Greg Sye (Chantilly, Va.) led the Warriors with 15 points, but played only 27 minutes with foul trouble. Brandon Wilkinson (Piscataway, N.J.) scored 14 second half points, including three three-pointers to keep Lycoming in the game. Eric Anthony (Wheeling, W.V.) added 12 points and Will Kelly (Williamsport, Pa.) finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

Elizabethtown was led by Joe Flanagan’s 19 points and seven rebounds. Mike Church added 16 points.

The Warriors finished with a 43.1 shooting percentage from the field to the Blue Jays’ 41.2 percent. Lycoming was called for 25 fouls to Elizabethtown’s 14.

The loss drops the defending Commonwealth regular season champions to 6-5 overall and 0-1 in league play. Elizabethtown improves to 7-6 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

The Warriors will host Widener in a Commonwealth Conference game on Sunday, Jan. 11, at Lamade Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. and will follow the women’s game, set for 1 p.m.

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