Messiah use treys to win against Lycoming men

Some were open, others were covered. Others had two defenders jumping and others didn’t have a defender within 10 feet. Open 3’s, covered 3’s, it really didn’t matter as Messiah knocked down 16 of 26 3-pointers as the Falcons came in to Lamade Gym and defeated Lycoming, 91-80, Wednesday night.

Lycoming’s flying around aggressive defense, though very effective at times, gave Messiah some open looks and the Falcons took advantage. But Lycoming also had very strong close outs at other times and it didn’t matter.

“I think they just made really good shots. We were out of position and made some mistakes in spots but you have to credit Messiah,” said Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt. “They did a great job defensively and they moved the ball and found the right guy and they stepped into good looks.”

Messiah hit four of its first five 3-pointers as it built an early 10-point lead. Lycoming got within three with 5:40 left in the first half but Messiah answered with 19-9 run to end the half and got into the break up by 13. The Falcons hit all three 3’s in that run. Messiah hit 9 of 14 3’s in the first half. It’s the fifth time this season that an opponent has hit at least 13 3’s against Lycoming and in those games, opponents made over 46 percent of its 3’s.

Slow starts have happened in the last few games for Lycoming but they were able to overcome that in the second half. In its last game against Hood, Lycoming fell behind early in the first half and in its first meeting against Messiah, Lycoming faced a 12-point halftime deficit but the Warriors outscored Messiah by 24 in the second half.

“At Hood I thought we were very focused and we did a good job overall,” Rancourt said. “Tonight, offensively, I thought we really struggled to do what we wanted to do and we couldn’t get into a flow.”

The shooting wasn’t the problem for the Warriors, as it shot over 53 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3.  But Lycoming turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 26 Messiah points. The 19 turnovers are the second most this season for Lycoming and its first time turning the ball over 15 or more times since December 30.

“Turnovers are a major concern,” Rancourt said. “We did not execute when we should have.”

Lycoming came out in the second half with better offensive execution as it got within four three different times during the first eight minutes but it could never close the deficit any more as Lycoming’s offense sputtered and Messiah went on a 16-4 run to extend its lead to 16 with eight minutes remaining. The closest Lycoming got the rest of the way was six.

David Johnson led Lycoming with 19 points and three assists. T.J. Duckett scored 14 off the bench and Chris Wallace (seven rebounds) and Willie Kee (four steals, two assists) scored 13 points apiece.

Messiah (9-8, 4-5 MACC)

Logan Long 8-11 2-2 24; Colin Sareyka 5-8 3-5 17; Josh Clippinger 6-9 3-3 15; Rob McWilliams 5-10 0-0 13; Luke Cable 2-5 2-2 8; Neil Murren 1-3 5-6 8; Josh Darville 1-3 1-1 3; Matt Hess 1-2 1-2 3; Nate Eberle 0-1 0-0 0; Totals 29-52 17-21 91.

Lycoming (16-3, 8-2 MACC)

David Johnson 8-13 2-2 19; T.J . Duckett 5-10 0-0 14; Chris Wallace 6-11 1-2 13; Willie Kee 3-8 5-6 13; Darius James 4-6 0-1 8; Calvin Chandler 1-2 2-4 4; Nyk King 2-3 0-0 4; Alex Newbold 1-4 1-2 3; Trent Bishop 1-1 0-0 2; Ronald Jefferson 0-0 0-2 0; Totals 31-58 11-19 80.

Halftime: Messiah, 41-28. 3 point goals: Messiah 16-26  (Long 6-8; Sareyka 4-7; McWilliams 3-4; Cable 2-4; Murren 1-2; Eberle 0-1;), Lycoming 7-16 (Duckett 4-8; Kee 2-4; Johnson 1-4;). Fouled out: Messiah-McWilliams; Lycoming-Duckett. Rebounds: Messiah 30 (Clippinger 6), Lycoming 28 (Wallace 7). Assists: Messiah 23 (Sareyka 8), Lycoming 11 (Johnson 3). Total fouls: Messiah 19, Lycoming 23. Technical fouls: Messiah-none; Lycoming-none. A: 467.