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Edmond lifts the Warriors off bench

BRETT R. CROSSLEY/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Lycoming’s Matt Ilodigwe goes for a layup against Lebanon Valley on Wednesday at Lycoming.

Lycoming’s men’s basketball team shot just over 60% from the field in the opening half against Lebanon Valley.

It also received points from multiple players off the bench, limited Lebanon Valley to less than 35% from the floor and capped a dominant first half to down the Dutchmen, 76-54, Wednesday night at Lamade Gymnasium.

“It was a great start and we made a lot of those shots, because of what the defense was providing us,” Lycoming coach Mike McGarvey said. “We didn’t start off well in the first two or three minutes. It was stuck at 0-0 for a little while, but we just had an urgency to our defensive effort that gave us all the confidence on the offensive end.”

The defense continued to be the theme of the game for Lycoming even after it took a big lead into the halftime break. With 17:46 left to play, Dyson Harward blocked an attempt from Collin Jones, who graduated from Central Mountain. Harward, who finished nine points and four rebounds, also pulled up and hit a big three in the first half to help stretch Lebanon Valley’s defense in the opening minutes of the game.

The 3 from Harward appeared to spark the offense as it closed out the opening 20 minutes with a 42-23 advantage over Lebanon Valley.

“It gives us a lot of versatility to go inside and out,” McGarvey said. “A lot of the early part of the first half we were getting the ball in the paint. When they adjusted to how we were playing in the post he (Harward) was able to step outside, make some shots, and stretch the defense a little bit.”

D’Andre Edmond was the standout offensive weapon for the Warriors in the first half as he finished with 10 points over the 20-minute stretch. He called for the ball and showed no fear taking his defender to the basket for points.

“The offense was doing pretty good,” Edmond said. “We basically took what Lebanon Valley was giving us. If they put one guy in the post then we were going to abuse the post.”

The only area he struggled was from the line. He blew two chances at an extra point after making a basket while being fouled. The points didn’t matter much as Lycoming grabbed 20 rebounds in the first half to extend possessions.

Mo Terry led the offense with 20 points and nine rebounds. He scored 14 points in the second half.

The shooting continued for Lycoming deep into the second half as Ryan Hollis connected with a 3 at 10:23. The basket extended Lycoming’s lead to 56-36. Terry, who scored six points in the first half, made the team’s first 3 of the second half.

Lycoming was on from the very beginning of the game as it built a 10-2 lead through the first five minutes. Harward hit a bucket in the paint and connected on a long 3 as the Warriors attempted to pull away early. Lebanon Valley stopped the run and got to within 10-8 of Lycoming before the Warriors’ offense, led by Edmond off the bench, got back into a groove to close out the first half.

Edmond even tried his luck at a long 3 in the second half. He missed, but Jon-Marc Flores-Diaz grabbed the rebound to keep the possession going. Edmond got the ball again, but was forced to pass it off. Lycoming then called a timeout with 12:31 remaining in the half as it led 50-32.

“It’s really big for us, because he only played 13 minutes and went six of seven from the floor,” McGarvey said. “The one shot he missed on an uncharacteristic 3-pointer early in the game. Everything else around the basket he made.”

Lycoming 76,

Lebanon Valley 54

LEBANON VALLEY (54)

AJ Cantanzaro 1-3 1-2 3; Collin Jones 2-11 0-0 4; Justin Baker 2-8 2-3 9; Zach Tucker 1-7 3-4 5; Trevor Covey 3-6 0-0 7; Mason Green 1-5 2-2 4; Jeremy Deihm 1-4 0-2 2; Joe Wright 1-3 0-2 2; Luis Garcia 2-3 0-1 5; Bryce Diehl 3-4 0-0 7; Gordon Shouler 1-1 2-2 4; Jaylen Reichner 0-1 0-0 0; Trevor Hamilton 1-1 0-0 2; Alec Singer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 10-19 54.

LYCOMING (76)

Dyson Harward 3-5 2-2 9; Darius Dangerfield 2-6 2-2 7; Mo Terry 7-14 4-5 20; Matt Ilodigwe 42 0-0 11; Ryan Hollis 2-6 0-0 6; Jon-Marc Flores-Diaz 1-2 1-2 3; D’Andre Edmond 6-7 0-2 12; Tobias Walden Jr. 0-2 0-0 0; Donovan James 1-1 0-0 3; A.J. MacKrey 0-1 2-2 2; DeAundre Manuel 0-1 0-0 0; Luke Finkbeiner 0-2 0-0 0; Ryan Hagan 0-0 0-0 0; Danilo Petrovic 1-1 0-0 3; Pablo Pereira 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-62 11-15 76

Halftime: Lycoming, 42-23. 3-point goals Lebanon Valley 4-12 (Garcia 1-1; Diehl 1-1; Baker 1-1; Covey 1-2; Catanzaro 0-1; Reichner 0-1; Green 0-2; Tucker 0-3), Lycoming 11-33 (Ilodigwe 3-8; Hollis 2-6; Terry 2-5; Petrovic 1-1; James 1-1; Dangerfield 1-4; Harward 1-1; Pereira 0-2; Finkbeiner 0-1; Walden Jr. 0-2; . MacKrey 0-1; Edmond 0-1). Fouled out: Lebanon Valley-none. Lycoming-none. Rebounds: Lebanon Valley 34 (Baker 7) Lycoming 47 (Terry 9). Assists: Lebanon Valley 9 (Green 2); Lycoming 16 (Dangerfield 5). Totals fouls: Lebanon Valley 15; Lycoming 18 Technical fouls: Lebanon Valley-none; Lycoming-none. A: 345.

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