Seniors push Lyco men to home victory

Lycoming was down at the half and was in a fight with the last-ranked team in the Commonwealth Conference in Arcadia. With its backs up against the wall, the Warriors turned to their veterans for a Commonwealth win and to keep playoff hopes alive. Lycoming seniors Kevin Anthony, Michael Rudy and Justin Miller combined for 41 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks as Lycoming got back to .500 with a 82-63 win over Arcadia Saturday at Lamade Gym.

“Kevin was solid, Mike Rudy again did a wonderful job, Justin came out, played very well, altering shots, scoring in the paint,” said Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt. “All three seniors really stepped up in a game that we needed.”

Anthony scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the year, Michael Rudy scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Justin Miller had eight points and blocked a career-high five shots. With his 16th point, Anthony moved into 18th place in program history in scoring, passing Matt Stackhouse.

The seniors weren’t the only players to step up, junior point guard Malcolm Covington (15 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds) played an all-around game and was instrumental in Lycoming pulling away.

Lycoming saw a double-digit lead dwindle to four with 6:30 remaining and Covington led a late 13-0 run that put the Warriors up 17 with four minutes remaining. In that 13-0 run, Covington had nine points to clinch a second straight win for the Warriors.

Lycoming started the game on a 6-0 run and looked like it was going to pull away early. But Arcadia’s hot shooting in the first half kept the game close and helped the Knights build an one-point halftime lead. Arcadia shot 54 percent from the field and 44 percent from three in the first half.

The Warriors pulled away early in the second half as they started on a 11-2 run to build a 10-point lead. But the Knights got within four but couldn’t pull any closer as Lycoming held Arcadia to just three points over the final 6:31 and finished the game on a 18-3 run.

“I think we just had to acknowledge that we were getting beat off dribble penetration a little to much,” Rancourt said of his team’s second half defense. “Our guys had to focus a little more on that and they did a wonderful job.”

Lycoming held Arcadia to 32 percent shooting in the second half and forced 17 turnovers that led to 20 points.

Lycoming dominated the paint and the open court as it scored 60 points in the paint compared to just 28 for Arcadia and had 26 fast break points compared to just three for Arcadia. The Warriors attempted just six shots outside of the paint in the first half and didn’t attempt a jump shot until the game was seven minutes old.

“I thought offensively the guys just moved the ball well and they had more patience,” said Rancourt. “I think the patience offensively created more opportunities inside.”

After two straight wins at home, the Warriors are tied with Widener for the sixth spot in the Commonwealth as the top five seeds advance to the playoffs. Lycoming and Widener split their two matchups as each won a game in dominating fashion. Lycoming heads to Albright on Tuesday where rights for the fifth and final playoff spot are on the line. Albright has a one game lead on Lycoming and Albright won the first matchup earlier in the season.

“We just have to be solid,” Rancourt said of getting a win Tuesday. “We have to continue doing what were doing. I thought the guys played well as a team and we gotta continue that team mindset and philosophy and just play every game like its your last.”

ARCADIA (7-16, 2-14 CC)

Joe Brown 8-15 5-6 24; Torrell Candelaria 5-14 3-4 15; Jose Figueroa 3-7 0-0 6; Alex Cohen 2-5 0-1 5; Rashon Brock 2-4 0-0 4; John Landro 0-1 3-4 3; Mike Fitzpatrick 1-4 1-1 3; Justin Trojanowski 1-3 0-0 2; Tom Feraco 0-0 1-2 1; Khalil Curtis 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 13-18 63.

LYCOMING (11-11, 7-9 CC)

Kevin Anthony 8-14 5-7 21; Malcolm Covington 6-14 3-3 15; Michael Rudy 5-13 2-4 12; Justin Miller 3-3 2-2 8; Rob Pillow 3-8 1-1 7; Jourdan Wilson 3-5 0-0 6; Patrick Dougher 2-4 0-0 5; John Monkam 1-1 1-1 3; Eric Ishman 1-1 0-0 2; Alex Irvin 1-2 0-0 2; Nykolas King 0-1 1-2 1; John Wilburn 0-0 0-0 0; Andy Abreu 0-1 0-0 0; Armani Taylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-67 15-20 82.

Halftime: Arcadia, 34-33. 3-point goals–Arcadia 6-16 (Brown 3-6; Candelaria 2-5; Cohen 1-1; Landro 0-1; Fitzpatrick 0-3), Lycoming 1-6 (Dougher 1-2; Rudy 0-1; Pillow 0-3). Fouled out–None. Rebounds–Arcadia 33 (Cohen 6; Curtis 6), Lycoming 39 (Anthony 10). Assists–Arcadia 9 (Fitzpatrick 4), Lycoming 18 (Covington 8). Total fouls–Arcadia 20, Lycoming 15. Technical fouls–None. A-265