Lyco men win tourney opener

The Lycoming men’s basketball team hadn’t played a game in more than three weeks, but the second the ball was thrown into the air for tip-off, it was evident that the long layoff wouldn’t have an impact.

Lycoming started the game on a 6-0 run and never looked back as it routed the University of New England 75-51 Monday night in the Basinger tournament opener at Lycoming. Lycoming will be searching for its fourth straight Basinger tournament title today when it plays McDaniel College in the tournament championship at 3.

Lycoming played a complete game from start to finish as it shot 52 percent from the field and held the Nor’easters to 32 percent shooting from the field. It was possibly the Warriors best defensive effort of the year, as the 32 percent shooting and 51 points were both season bests.

“Communication is huge,” said Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt. “It’s important in everything in life and our guys just worked on it. I feel they’ve done a better job. The more that they can communicate, the better they can be defensively.”

The Warriors forced 16 turnovers, 11 coming from steals, Lycoming also had nine blocked shots. The 16 turnovers turned into 26 points on the offensive end for the Warriors.

The Warriors were also very efficient on the offensive end as well as it shot 52 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the three-point line.

“Overall I thought our ball movement was good,” said Rancourt. “We got a little stagnant in spots. We had to pick it back up to the pace we like to play at. But again, 52 percent from the field is kind of something you look for, over 50 percent on the game is usually a pretty sound effort.”

Lycoming received some good efforts from the starters and the bench. Michael Rudy led all scorers with 13 while going 3 for 3 from the three-point line and blocking four shots.

Justin Miller scored 10 with six rebounds and three blocks while Kevin Anthony added 10 points and four rebounds.

Anthony struggled in the first half, as he was 0 for 2 from the field and only had one point, but he came out aggressive in the second half and attacked the rim.

“Just finding things that work,” said Anthony of his second half turnaround. “I really didn’t get it going in the first half, but just staying aggressive, just looking for my teammates and having my teammates find me and just going hard.”

While Anthony was aggressive in the second half, it was Rudy who shouldered the scoring load in the first as he had 11 of his game-high 13 in the first half.

“Teammates just finding the open guy,” Rudy said of his first half outburst. “We work real well as a team, pass the ball around. I mean whoever’s opened just needs to knock it down and that’s what happened today.”

Anthony, Miller and Rudy received help from the bench as it scored 32 points. Rob Pillow led the bench with nine points and three rebounds and Eric Ishman and Will Wingate scored six apiece.


Brayden Morse 4-8 1-2 11; Jesse Dykstra 3-6 0-0 7; Justin Pollard 2-7 1-2 6; Devin Thompson 2-7 0-0 5; Russ Daly 2-3 0-2 4; Kurt Steiner 1-5 1-2 4; Joshua Butler 2-5 0-1 4; William Abdul-Malak 1-3 1-2 3; Charles Fenner III 1-9 1-2 3; CJ Autry 1-1 0-0 2; Tom Nason 1-2 0-0 2; Brandon Barnes 0-0 0-0 0; Andy Kalu 0-0 0-0 0; Jake Abel 0-5 0-0 0; Sam Thomas 0-1 0-0 0; Luke Rohan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-63 5-13 51.


Michael Rudy 5-6 0-1 13; Justin Miller 4-8 2-3 10; Kevin Anthony 4-7 2-4 10; Rob Pillow 4-5 1-3 9; Patrick Dougher 2-4 2-2 8; Eric Ishman 2-4 1-1 6; William Wingate 2-3 2-4 6; Nykolas King 2-3 1-3 5; John Monkam 1-2 0-0 2; Malcolm Covington 1-3 0-0 2; Armani Taylor 0-4 2-4 2; Jourdan Wilson 1-3 0-1 2; Andy Abreu 0-0 0-0 0; John Wilburn 0-2 0-0 0; Adam Francis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-54 13-26 75.

Halftime: Lycoming, 34-21. 3-point goals-Univ. of New England 6-24 (Morse 2-5; Steiner 1-4; Thompson 1-3; Dykstra 1-1; Pollard 1-3; Abel 0-1; Rohan 0-1; Fenner III 0-5; Abdul-Malak 0-1), Lycoming 6-12 (Rudy 3-3; Dougher 2-4; Ishman 1-3; Wingate 0-1; Wilson 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Univ. of New England 39 (Dykstra 8), Lycoming 42 (Miller 6). Assists-Univ. of New England 11 (Thompson 4), Lycoming 17 (Wingate 3; Wilson 3). Total fouls–Univ. of New England 23, Lycoming 15. Technical fouls-None. A-265