Foul trouble sinks Warriors against #18 Carnegie Mellon

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Lycoming College men’s basketball team was called for 30 total fouls and had four players disqualified from the contest in a 71-56 setback against #18 Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday, Jan. 20, in a non-conference game at Lamade Gymnasium.

The Warriors opened the game with a 2-0 lead, but it would be their only lead of the game as the Tartans put together a 14-2 run to take a 14-4 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half. Carnegie Mellon increased the advantage to 12 points entering the halftime intermission, leading 33-21.

Each team was called for just six fouls in the first half.

Carnegie Mellon opened its lead to as much as 18 points, 50-32, with 9:10 left in the game.

A resilient Warrior team battled back to within nine points, 57-48, with 2:22 left on the clock, but was called for nine fouls in the final 2:16 and 24 fouls in the second half. The Tartans struggled from the line, connecting on just 24-of-42 attempts, but hit free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

Three Lycoming starters fouled out of the game, including primary forward Greg Sye (Chantilly, Va.), who was called for an offensive foul that disqualified him with 10:26 left in the second half. Starters Will Kelly (Williamsport, Pa.) and James Oberlies (Philadelphia, Pa.) were joined by Sebastian Sabella (Bayside, N.Y.) with five fouls.

Nine Lycoming players contributed to the scoring effort, with no single player reaching double figures for the first time this season. Eric Anthony (Wheeling, W.V.) and Anthony Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the team with nine points each. Sye added eight points and John Caggiano (Mt. Arlington, N.J.) added a career-high eight points as well.

Carnegie Mellon was led by Ryan Einwag’s 22 points, including 17 in the first half. Shane Rife added 13, Jack Anderson finished with 12 and Corey O’Rourke added 10.

The Tartans finished the game shooting 44.7 percent from the field to Lycoming’s 35.1 percent and out-rebounded the Warriors 45-34. Carnegie Mellon scored 20 second chance points to the Warriors’ seven.

The loss drops Lycoming to 8-7 overall and improves the Tartans to 12-2 on the year.

The Warriors will return to Commonwealth Conference action on Saturday, hosting Albright in a 3 p.m. tip at Lamade Gymnasium.

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