Lyco men drop Susquehanna

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Susquehanna's Mike Kempski (5) and Lycoming’s Damani Myers (0) chase after a loose ball which Myers knocked away during the first half Tuesday at Lamade Gym.

Lycoming never panicked when Susquehanna drew close early in the second half. The Warriors never panicked either when the River Hawks’ Bryce Butler hit a jumper with 16:50 to play in the game to give Sus­quehanna its first lead since early on.

Rather, Lycoming just kept playing its style of basketball. And it only took Lycoming a few seconds to get that lead back.

Just one possession after Susquehanna took the lead, D’Yante Dougthy hit a jumper of his own to once again put Lycoming ahead and from there, the Warriors never looked back.

Lycoming continued to play well against the River Hawks for the rest of the game, never allowing Susquehanna to cut the deficit into single digits, en route to a 89-70 win at Lamade Gym­nasium on Tuesday evening.

“We had to make some adjustments. We felt we were giving up too much in our press,” Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt said. “We had to make some shifts and changes and I think it took a couple of possessions for our guys to get used to those changes and we gave up a couple of baskets, which allowed them to get into it.”

One Susquehanna player who did give Lycoming some problems was Jacob Walsh, who led the game with 24 points and led Susquehanna with seven rebounds, five of which were defensive.

Within the first five minutes of the game, Lycoming and Susquehanna exchanged leads five times before Lycoming led for good until halftime. The largest early lead the River Hawks had was just three points when Seth Callahan hit a trey with 18:44 to play to give Susquehanna a 5-2 lead.

“That’s a very, very talented team. It’s not something we can step out and run over teams. Sometimes teams are going to be very talented and Susquehanna is a very good team,” Rancourt said.

Lycoming had four players record double figures scoring — as did Susquehanna — as T.J. Duckett and Alex Newbold both led the Warriors with 17 points each. Doughty added 14 and Wallace scored 12. Newbold also led the Warriors with seven rebounds.

“Alex is a senior and has taken pride, as Chris Wallace has as well, in making most of their final opportunities,” Rancourt said. “T.J. Duckett is doing a great job, making everything he picks up and hoping too much turkey (on Thanksgiving) doesn’t hurt him.”

In addition to Walsh’s 24 points, But­ler scored 13 for Susquehanna and Cal­lahan and Ryan Traub both scored 10.

The Warriors held a 35-14 advantage in turnover points and led by as many as 21 points late in the second half.

After Susquehanna took its brief one-point lead early in the second half, Lycoming only needed four minutes to climb back ahead by 10 points and led by 20 four times in the final five minutes. After the Warriors used a trey by Doughty to go ahead by 10 points, 56-46, Susquehanna cut it down into single digits with a layup by Butler with 12:58 to play. But that was the last time Susquehanna got within single digits the remainder of the game.

The Warriors used solid defensive play to hassle the River Hawks, forcing 30 turnovers and making scoring difficult for them.

Susquehanna didn’t go away early in the first half, keeping it within single digits aside from two brief spurts where Lycoming led by as many as 12. The Warriors went up by 12 in the first half with 3:31 to play thanks to two free throws by Doughty, but then Susquehanna slowly cut the lead down, getting it to within five when Walsh hit a 3-pointer, 39-34, in the final two minutes of the half.

Susquehanna (1-3)

Jacob Walsh 8-9 7-9 24; Bryce Butler 5-7 0-0 13; Seth Callahan 4-11 0-0 10; Ryan Traub 4-5 2-2 10; Tyler Hoagland 2-5 1-3 7; Matt Lacorte 2-9 0-0 4; Owen Pendergast 0-0 2-2 2; Mike Kempski 0-1 0-0 0; Adam Dizbon 0-1 0-0 0; Joel Morris 0-1 0-0 0; Totals 25-49 12-16 70.

Lycoming (4-0)

TJ Duckett 5-10 2-2 17; Alex Newbold 7-10 3-5 17; D’Yante Doughty 5-7 2-2 14; Chris Wallace 5-8 2-2 12; Darius Dangerfield 3-7 0-0 9; Ronald Jefferson 2-3 3-4 7; Darius James 2-6 0-0 4; Ramadan Jennings 1-2 2-2 4; Damani Myers 1-4 0-1 2; Dayvon Cuffey 0-0 2-2 2; Devon Taylor 0-0 1-2 1; Serge Cole 0-1 0-0 0; Calvin Chandler 0-2 0-0 0; Totals 31-60 17-22 89.

Halftime: Lycoming, 43-36. 3 point goals: SU 8-26 (Butler 3-5; Hoagland 2-3; Callahan 2-8; Walsh 1-1; Lacorte 0-7; Kempski 0-1; Dizbon 0-1;), Lyco 10-21 (Duckett 5-10; Dangerfield 3-3; Doughty 2-4; James 0-1; Myers 0-1; Cole 0-1; Chandler 0-1;). Fouled out: SU-none; Lyco-none. Rebounds: SU 29 (Walsh 7), Lyco 26 (Newbold 7). Assists: SU 18 (Hoagland 4), Lyco 21 (Wallace 5). Total fouls: SU 20, Lyco 20. Technical fouls: SU 0, Lyco 0. A: 267.