Warriors run away from Albright

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Lycoming College men’s basketball team opened the game with a 15-0 run and led wire-to-wire in a 77-57 Commonwealth Conference win against Albright on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Lamade Gymnasium.

The Warriors, reeling after a tough loss against #18 Carnegie Mellon in which the team scored nearly a season-low 56 points, exploded offensively to open Saturday’s game with a 15-0 run over the first four minutes. Albright’s first points came 3:49 into the game.

Lycoming pushed its lead to as much as 18 in the first half and carried a 32-21 lead into the halftime intermission. The Warriors potent offense was joined by a stifling defense that recorded 13 steals and caused 19 turnovers in the first half alone.

The lead increased to as much as 21 at the start of the second half before Albright began to claw back into the game, cutting the lead to 11 at 66-55 with 4:15 to play. Lycoming slammed the door shut with an 11-0 run to take a 22 point lead, 77-55, into the final 1:32 of the game. Albright converted on one final field goal to end the game at 77-57.

The Warriors were led by three players in double figures, including Eric Anthony (Wheeling, W.V.) with a game-high 25 points and Will Kelly (Williamsport, Pa.), who finished the game with a double-double of a season high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jemayne Nowlin (Gaithersburg, Md.) added a season-high 12 points in 13 minutes off the bench.

Lycoming finished the game with a season-high 20 steals and 30 forced turnovers, leading to 33 points off turnovers. James Oberlies (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded six steals in the game, which places him in a tie for third in the Lycoming record book for steals in a game.

Albright was led by Andrew Pomager’s 13 points. Andre Murphy added 11 and Phil Hall chipped in 10 for the Lions.

Lycoming finished the game shooting 45.3 percent from the field to Albright’s 39.3 percent. Each team finished with 38 total rebounds.

With the win, Lycoming improves to 9-7 overall and 3-2 in the Commonwealth Conference. Albright drops to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in league play.

The Warriors will travel to Messiah on Wednesday, Jan. 28, for a conference game with the Falcons. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and will follow the women’s game at 6 p.m.

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