Lyco men beat Widener

Jerald Williams finished with a triple-double and Michael Ruby posted a team-high 20 points as Lycoming defeated Widener, 88-71 on Saturday.

The win gave the Lycoming men’s basketball fans at Lamade Gymnasium something positive to cheer about after three consecutive losses.

“We needed this win bad as a collective group,” Williams said. “We had lost three straight by less than four points. We needed this win to get back on track.”

And getting back on track meant sticking with the team’s gameplan throughout 40 minutes.

“As the frustrations of the last few games have mounted, the more serious and focused the team has become,” Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt said. “They did a great job today.”

Lycoming’s (12-6, 6-5 CC) focus allowed it to overcome a four-point deficit twice and fight through four ties all in the opening 10 minutes. The early adversity was squashed when Rudy canned the first of two 3-pointers to get Lycoming within two of tying.

“It’s nice being able to step out,” Rudy said of the 3-pointer. “It’s my teammates finding me. The credit goes to them.”

Once in front, thanks to a free throw and layup by John Ryan Wolff, the Warriors pushed their first-half lead to 12 points. Wolff, who finished with five points and a steal, was instrumental in leading the offense when Williams was on the bench.

Lycoming, which had dropped five of its last six games prior to Saturday, benefited from a strong defensive effort by Rudy. The Danville graduate blocked three shots in the contest and made both of his 3-pointers.

“It’s about just being there for my teammates,” Rudy said. “They do a great job locking up on the guards, but everyone’s going to get beat. I’m just there to help and do everything that I can.”

The Warriors mettle was tested midway through the second half when Widener (5-13, 4-7 CC) heated up to pull within five points of tying. Dillon Fields, who led all scorers with 25 points, hit a 3-pointer and Bob Makor added six of his 11 points over the stretch.

“It was an important part to control the game,” Rancourt said. “We used our timeouts quickly in that area to reassure the team we were fine.”

After the reassurance, Anthony Martin went on a tear and got the Warriors back in front by double digits. Martin scored six consecutive points. Williams then connected on two free throws to put the Warriors back on top by 11 points.

“The game is all about runs,” Williams said. “We let them make their run, and we ended the game making our run. That was a good comeback for us, as well.”

Williams led the Warriors with 11 helpers and 11 rebounds. He also completed a triple-double with an equal amount of points. Williams, despite standing at 5 foot 11, led all competitors with his 11 rebounds.

“Defense and rebounding were working for us,” Williams said. “We did a much better job rebounding.”

Lycoming hit 31 of 65 shot attempts in the game and connected on 6-10 from beyond the arc. William Wingate led all Lycoming scorers off the bench with 10 points and Patrick Dougher connected with two of three 3-point attempts.

“We’ve done a really good job of not settling for bad shots,” Rancourt said. “We did a much better job reversing the ball and taking what the defense gave us.”

WIDENER (5-14, 4-8 CC)

Dillon Fields 9-14 2-2 25; Bob Makor 4-6 3-11 11; Greg Lawson 4-8 0-0 8; Connor Dean 3-7 1-3 7; Andrew Radomicki 2-6 1-2 6; Adam Ahern 3-6 0-0 6; Rodney Brown 2-10 0-0 4; David Nicholson 1-2 0-0 2; Logan Murray 1-1 0-0 2; Ryan Abel 0-1 0-0 0; Mark Pryzbylkowski 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-61 7-18 71.

LYCOMING (13-6, 7-5 CC)

Michael Rudy 8-12 2-2 20; Jerald Williams 2-5 7-8 11; Chris Foreman 4-7 0-0 10; William Wingate 4-8 2-3 10; Anthony Martin 5-8 0-0 10; Kevin Anthony 3-13 3-3 9; Patrick Dougher 3-6 0-0 8; John Ryan Wolff 1-1 3-3 5; John Monkam 0-1 3-4 3; Justin Miller 1-3 0-0 2; Adam Francis 0-0 0-0 0; Armani Taylor 0-0 0-0 0; Chido Enweze 0-0 0-0 0; Kevin Laurence El 0-0 0-0 0; Rob Pillow IV 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-65 20-23 88.

Halftime: Lycoming, 40-28. 3-point goals–Widener 6-18 (Fields 5-7; Radomicki 1-3; Brown 0-6; Nicholson 0-1; Abel 0-1), Lycoming 6-10 (Foreman 2-3; Dougher 2-3; Rudy 2-2; Pillow IV 0-1; Williams 0-1). Fouled out–None. Rebounds–Widener 33 (Radomicki 7), Lycoming 42 (Williams 11). Assists–Widener 19 (Radomicki 6), Lycoming 17 (Williams 11). Total fouls–Widener 18, Lycoming 18. Technical fouls–None. A-685