Lycoming misses on late chances to tie Alvernia

Jordan Logan has made some picture-perfect passes in his career, most of which have come on the soccer field.

The three-time MAC Commonwealth midfielder turned basketball starter is 10th all-time in the history of Lycoming’s men’s soccer program with 17 assists. He had another opportunity to make another pin-point pass Wednesday night on Dutch Burch Court.

With his team facing a three-point deficit with five seconds to go, Logan lofted the inbounds pass just a few feet too far in front of sharpshooter Markanthony Fidelis. And, despite missing two free throws to clinch it, Alvernia buckled down defensively and didn’t allow Lycoming to complete an inbounds pass for one final chance at a tie.

Lycoming dropped its third straight, 80-77, to Alvernia on Wednesday at Lamade Gym in a battle between the two bottom teams of the MAC Commonwealth.

It was another blown opportunity for the Warriors (7-9 overall, 1-6 MAC Commonwealth), who’ve had late second-half leads in three conference losses. And instead of battling for a conference postseason berth, they’re trying to dig themselves out of conference’s basement.

“I just said to the team that I feel bad because they played a way that I feel like they deserved to win and we didn’t get it,” Lycoming coach Mike McGarvey said. “The trust level and being able to stay the course and the ability to fight for 40 minutes in a game that goes up and down, we put ourselves in a position to win and that’s always what you’re looking for.”

After falling behind by 12 in the first half, the Warriors flipped fortunes as they built their own double-digit lead with 8:33 to go. Lycoming closed that first-half gap with a 24-10 run and continued the momentum into the second half when it used another 24-10 run, capped by a Calvin Chandler (18 points, nine rebounds) and-one to build a 10-point lead. Chandler put together back-to-back career games after piling up 24 points and nine rebounds Saturday.

Then mistakes began to pile up, and so did the fouls. Chandler and Darius Dangerfield (nine points, seven assists, five rebounds) each picked up their fourth fouls during Alvernia’s comeback run. Dangerfield exited with 7:48 to go and his team up by eight, and Chandler left with 6:35 to go and Lycoming sporting a seven-point lead.

When each returned minutes later, the lead decreased as Alvernia went on an 18-4 run in six minutes and took a four-point lead. Many of the same mistakes which plagued the Warriors in earlier close defeats reared there ugly heads once more

“I think that the one thing consistent in those moments has been turnovers, quick shots and careless fouls. Those are three things (that hurt you) when you look at the crunch time of a game,” McGarvey said. “There’s plays all 40 minutes that help toward the result, but I think when you have a lead like that, if you take care of the ball, if you have a good shot, even if its late in the clock, and if you can keep a team out of the bonus, then you have a chance to extend the lead instead of giving them a chance to climb back in.”

In the final five minutes, Lycoming had five turnovers, took rushed, contested shots, and Alvernia shot 10 free throws compared to none for Lycoming. It was more growing pains for a lineup which features two freshmen and Logan, who never played collegiate basketball before this season.

Also, the Warriors are still without two starters and two key reserves as they continue into their daunting schedule of conference play.

“There’s a lot of belief in our locker room. There’s a lot of positive energy in our locker room,” McGarvey said. “We just have to find a way to be 1-0 on Saturday.”

ALVERNIA 80, LYCOMING 77

ALVERNIA (5-9)

Nick Youngkin 6-15 5-6 21; Keon Taylor 4-9 7-10 15; Malik Green 6-14 2-6 15; Anthony Dadson 6-8 2-2 14; Kyle Gordon 4-6 0-0 8; Avery Walker 2-7 1-2 6; Rob Young Jr. 0-1 1-2 1; Justin Thomas 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-63 18-28 80.

LYCOMING (7-9)

Markanthony Fidelis 9-21 2-2 23; Calvin Chandler 7-13 3-3 18; Ryan Hollis 4-4 0-0 12; Matt Ilodigwe 4-9 2-2 12; Darius Dangerfield 4-7 1-1 9; Jordan Logan 1-3 0-0 3; Hiro Yamaki 0-0 0-0 0; Serge Cole 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 8-8 77.

Alvernia 35 45 — 80

Lycoming 31 46 — 77

3-point goals–Alvernia 6-15 (Nick Youngkin 4-9; Malik Green 1-2; Avery Walker 1-2; Rob Young Jr. 0-1; Justin Thomas 0-1), Lycoming 11-24 (Ryan Hollis 4-4; Markanthony Fidelis 3-7; Matt Ilodigwe 2-4; Jordan Logan 1-3; Calvin Chandler 1-3; Darius Dangerfield 0-3). Fouled out–Alvernia-None, Lycoming-Darius Dangerfield; Calvin Chandler. Rebounds–Alvernia 37 (Nick Youngkin 8), Lycoming 33 (Calvin Chandler 9). Assists–Alvernia 8 (Keon Taylor 4), Lycoming 13 (Darius Dangerfield 7). Total fouls–Alvernia 10, Lycoming 21. Technical fouls–Alvernia-None, Lycoming-None. A–143.

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