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Solid defense, including big blocks, fuel Lyco

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Lycoming’s Mo Terry shoots around Messiahs Josh Darville during Wednesday’s game at Lamade Gym. The Warriors won the MAC Commonwealth game, 63-62.

Colin Sareyka, one of the top scorers in the MAC Commonwealth, drove right and got by a pesky Darius Dangerfield. Once at the rim, he ran into Dyson Harward, who’s only played nine games in a Lycoming uniform but already owns the program’s single-game block record. The Warrior freshman introduced himself with an emphatic swat from behind.

The very next offensive possession for Messiah, Sareyka drove to his left while being hounded by D’Yante Doughty. The 1,000-point scorer and two-time all-conference first-teamer again found his way to the rim but was met by another impressive denial, this time by fellow freshman DeAundre Manuel.

It was different players but the same result. Lycoming’s defense on the perimeter and in the paint was equally impressive as it chased shooters off the 3-point line and crowded attackers in the paint.

Messiah’s Josh Darville missed two free throws with 1.3 seconds on the clock as the Warriors blew a 13-point second-half lead but held off a last-ditch effort for a 63-62 MAC Commonwealth win Wednesday night at Lamade Gym.

Lycoming (7-2 overall, 2-1 MAC Commonwealth) held a 13-point lead with 13 minutes to go and was up 10 with under 10 minutes remaining as Messiah (6-2, 1-1) used a 19-4 run to take a two-point lead with under four minutes remaining. But a young Warrior squad that features seven freshmen in the 11-man rotation showed its toughness in the final minutes. Messiah scored only one point in the final 3:51 as it missed three of four free throws in the last 51 seconds and had trouble breaking down a tough Warrior defense that held one of top scoring offenses in the league to its second lowest scoring output of the season.

Lycoming’s offense was never really there last night. It shot just 38% but so did Messiah and the Warriors ability to be versatile on defense and switch was a huge key in keeping Messiah’s offense down.

“We have a toughness about us defensively that needs to continue to be a consistent thing where we’re able to switch,” Lycoming second-year coach Mike McGarvey said. “We’ve got a lot of length, we’ve got a lot of versatility, except with Darius Dangerfield with his size but he does a really great job of when he does switch in the post, he’s in the right position to get a steal like he did tonight. It’s definitely something we’ve been working on.”

It wasn’t just Dangerfield’s ability to slow down Sareyka (6 for 16, 4 turnovers) either that gave the Warriors its most impressive win this season. Doughty had two steals and harassed opposing guards on the perimeter, Harward had three blocks and Manuel added two more at the rim. Harward, a Danville graduate, even took a clutch charge with 92 seconds left in the game that took away an open layup.

Dangerfield and Doughty, both juniors, provide a calming presence for a young squad that played with four freshmen on the floor late in the second half. Doughty hit two free throws, including the go-ahead one, with 70 seconds left. He also scored a team-best 16 points with eight rebounds and Dangerfield, while providing impressive energy on the defensive end, added 10 points and six assists.

“I still look at them as young because I’ve only had them for just over a year,” McGarvey said. “They’ve played a lot of minutes in games and when you have that on the floor with some talented young guys, it helps you get over that Dyson Harward didn’t have his best game, Mo Terry didn’t have his best game and those guys (Doughty and Dangerfield) are dynamic guards who can make a lot of plays.”

Lycoming 63, Messiah 62

MESSIAH (6-2,1-1 MAC Comm)

Colin Sareyka 6-16 8-10 20; EJ Porter 6-12 1-2 17; Josh Darville 3-5 1-4 7;Nate Eberle 2-8 0-0 5; Kyle Krout 2-5 0-0 5; Matt Glogowski 1-5 1-2 4; Will Young IV 1-1 0-0 2; Caleb Light 1-3 0-0 2; Cam Carter 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 11-18 62.

LYCOMING (7-2,2-1 MAC Comm)

D’Yante Doughty 5-11 4-4 16; Dyson Harward 3-12 3-5 10; Darius Dangerfield 4-12 0-0 10; Ryan Hollis 2-6 0-0 6; Matt Ilodigwe 2-4 0-0 6; DeAundre Manuel 2-4 1-3 5; Mo Terry 2-6 0-1 4; Luke Finkbeiner 1-1 0-0 3; Jon-Marc Flores-Diaz 1-2 0-0 3; Donovan James 0-0 0-0 0; Tobias Walden Jr. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 8-13 63.

Halftime: Lycoming, 38-29. 3-point goals: Messiah 7-21 (Porter 4-10; Krout 1-2; Eberle 1-3; Glogowski 1-2; Carter 0-1; Light 0-1; Sareyka 0-2), Lycoming 11-27 (Doughty 2-3; Hollis 2-6; Ilodigwe 2-4; Dangerfield 2-7; Finkbeiner 1-1; Harward 1-2; Flores-Diaz 1-1; Terry 0-3). Fouled out: Messiah-none, Lycoming-none. Rebounds: Messiah 43 (Eberle 9), Lycoming 36 (Doughty 8). Assists: Messiah 9 (Sareyka 4), Lycoming 11 (Dangerfield 6). Total fouls: Messiah 16, Lycoming 17. Technical fouls: Messiah-none, Lycoming-none. A: 207.

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