The look on Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt's face said it all Wednesday night. Rancourt's face was a stern look of anger, and as his timeout yells could be heard over the band. It was a display of passion that he couldn't relay to his players.
Alvernia got whatever it wanted on offense and forced turnovers on defense as it went on to beat Lycoming 78-63 at Lamade gym Wednesday night.
"Alvernia did a great job of making shots," said Rancourt. "You know, statistically they're not supposed to make five straight threes to start the game and they couldn't miss. It certainly put us in a hole to start and then we didn't do ourselves any favors making errant passes and not taking care of the ball against their pressure."
Five minutes into the game, Lycoming trailed 13-2, had four turnovers and shot 33 percent compared to Alvernia's 67 percent. Alvernia executed its offense to a 'T' in the first half with great penetration and hot shooting from outside.
Alvernia led at the half 45-19, shooting 55 percent from the field and had 13 assists to just two turnovers. Point guard Chris Davis was constantly getting into the paint and finding his teammates for layups or open threes.
Davis had 8 points and 10 assists, seven assists coming in the first half. Alvernia also received great play from forward Brian Parker (19 points, 9 rebounds) and center Harrison Deyo (21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists).
"A real credit to Chris Davis and (Brian) Parker," said Alvernia coach Mike Miller. "Those two guys are winners, Parker's gonna' score a thousand and both of them came in here as freshmen, not starting and just keep getting better and better. The guy that has really come on is Harrison Deyo who didn't start last year, he's our new starter and with each game he's getting better and better."
The defense was also great for the Crusaders, as they forced 17 turnovers leading to 22 points.
"Taking care of the ball is an enormous part of the game," said Rancourt. "We had 20 turnovers last time we played them and they forced us into 17 tonight. It was a major point of emphasis for us to make sure we take care of the ball and the pressure still got to us, it was a tough night for us."
Lycoming only had one player score in double-figures as Nykolas King scored a career-high 11 points off the bench. King was a bright spot for the Warriors, as was the rest of the bench as Eric Ishman scored nine points and John Monkam added seven for a Warriors bench that scored 36 points.
"They did a great job, they came in and worked hard," said Rancourt of his bench. "I'm happy that they responded that way."
Leading scorer Kevin Anthony's double-figure scoring effort came to an end at 16 games and his 20-point game streak also came to an end at three games as he managed just eight points.
Michael Rudy added to his career block record as he recorded another rejection to add to his Lycoming leading 144 career blocks. Rudy finished with nine points and four rebounds.
ALVERNIA (13-5, 8-3 CC)
Harrison Deyo 7-11 7-11 21; Brian Parker 9-13 1-1 19; Lamont Clark 5-8 0-0 12; Chris Davis 3-10 0-1 8; Charles Cooper 2-8 2-2 7; Kahlil Bennett 2-3 0-0 5; Adam Siegrist 1-2 1-2 3; Kirby Turner 1-1 1-2 3; Thomas Rymal 0-0 0-0 0; David Sloan 0-0 0-0 0; Steve Schneider 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-57 12-19 78.
LYCOMING (8-9, 4-7 CC)
Nykolas King 5-9 1-2 11; Eric Ishman 3-4 0-0 9; Michael Rudy 4-9 1-2 9; Kevin Anthony 4-7 0-0 8; Patrick Dougher 3-6 0-0 8; John Monkam 3-6 1-2 7; Rob Pillow 1-2 0-0 3; Alex Irvin 0-0 2-2 2; John Wilburn 1-1 0-0 2; Armani Taylor 1-1 0-2 2; Justin Miller 1-1 0-0 2; Malcolm Covington 0-2 0-0 0; Andy Abreu 0-4 0-0 0; Jourdan Wilson 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-55 5-10 63.
Halftime: Alvernia, 45-19. 3-point goals--Alvernia 6-14 (Clark 2-2; Davis 2-5; Cooper 1-4; Bennett 1-2; Schneider 0-1), Lycoming 6-8 (Ishman 3-4; Dougher 2-2; Pillow 1-1; Wilson 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Alvernia 30 (Parker 9), Lycoming 34 (Anthony 6; Monkam 6). Assists--Alvernia 20 (Davis 10), Lycoming 17 (King 5). Total fouls--Alvernia 12, Lycoming 18. Technical fouls-None. A-520