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Harward sets single-season block record in Lyco’s win

Lycoming’s Dyson Harward (33) shoots over Alvernia’s Rece Hartman (12) in the first half Wednesday at Lamade Gymnasium.

With less than 40 seconds to play, Alvernia had a chance to drive inside and score. But the Golden Wolves’ didn’t see Lycoming freshman Dyson Harward closing in. Harward quickly knocked down the shot with an emphatic block, sending the ball into the bleachers behind the basket at Lamade Gymnasium.

On the next possession, Harward used his body inside to prevent Alvernia from scoring from the floor.

The Danville grad was a huge reason the Warriors kept Alvernia from rallying in the final minutes of the game in a close contest and gave Lycoming a 67-63 MAC Commonwealth victory Wednesday night.

The win improves the Warriors to 16-7 overall and 9-5 in the conference. The Warriors are in second place in the standings behind just Widener.

The huge block with 38 seconds left by Harward gave him five and gave him the single-season record for blocks at 62 and counting as he surpassed Michael Rudy’s record from 2012-13.

“It’s awesome. It’s an amazing achievement. … It’s cool, but I’m more than happy to get the win,” Harward said. “I just love to play defense and pride myself on timing and being able to protect the basket for my team. That’s a very good quality to bring to the team. I also trust my guys a lot.”

Harward was big for the Warriors, scoring a team-high 18 points, having all five of the team’s blocks, leading the team with eight rebounds and dishing out three assists with a steal.

“He gets credit for five blocks, but he doesn’t get credit for all the plays he made miss and that’s probably five or seven more,” Lycoming coach Mike McGarvey said. “So when we have somebody like him behind us, that should give us a lot of confidence and we’re learning not to foul those drives because of how much of a presence he is at the rim. But gosh, does he give us tons of confidence to be a good defensive team because he can do that.”

While the game was close down the stretch, the Warriors built up a 10-point lead twice in the first half, both times thanks to Harward baskets. But Alvernia went on an 11-0 run to close the quarter and took a 34-33 lead thanks to a a Justin Thomas 3-pointer.

Thomas was a huge part of Alvernia’s success throughout the game, as he accounted for 26 points. However with 6:50 to play in the second half, Thomas picked up his fifth foul and had to exit the game, allowing Lycoming to readjust a little and not have to account for defending him.

“There was a little bit of a relief because he was such an integral part of what they were doing defensively and he was scoring at an alarming rate,” McGarvey said.

Alvernia and Lycoming traded leads early in the second half and Alvernia went ahead by three, 55-52, when Keon Taylor (17 points) hit the first of two free throws. Lycoming would use a 9-0 spurt following that free throw to go ahead, 61-55, and never let Alvernia get closer than two points the remainder of the game.

Both Harward and Ryan Hollis came up with huge free throws in the final 11 seconds to keep it a four-point lead.

The Warriors had four players in double figures, led by Harward, Hollis (14), Darius Dangerfield (13) and Mo Terry (11).

“I think that’s our game. We have weapons and I think any of us can go out and get 20 or even tonight, when we have a bunch of guys in double digits,” Harward said.

McGarvey was quick to compliment all four of the aforementioned players, and was happy with the spark Terry provided the team when the Warriors needed it.

“We just kept going to him. Almost like Thomas, he gave us a spark and we were in a little bit of an offensive rut and he was able to get to the rim and scored a layup and get to the free throw line, and that really helped,” McGarvey said.

Lycoming 67, Alvernia 63

ALVERNIA (11-11,7-7 MAC Com.)

Justin Thomas 10-12 2-3 26; Keon Taylor 6-10 2-4 17; Avery Walker 2-7 0-2 5; Mickeel Allen 1-14 3-5 5; Steve Pierce 1-7 2-2 4; Malik Green 1-4 1-2 3; Nick Youngkin 0-1 3-6 3; Rece Harman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 13-24 63.

LYCOMING (16-7,9-5 MAC Com).

Dyson Harward 5-10 7-10 18; Ryan Hollis 4-4 2-2 14; Darius Dangerfield 6-10 0-1 13; Mo Terry 3-4 4-6 11; Matt Ilodigwe 2-6 0-0 5; DeAundre Manuel 1-3 1-2 3; Jon-Marc Flores-Diaz 1-5 0-0 3; D’Andre Edmond 0-1 0-0 0; Donovan James 0-0 0-0 0; Tobias Walden Jr. 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 14-21 67.

Halftime: Alvernia, 34-33. 3-point goals: Alvernia 8-18 (Thomas 4-4; Taylor 3-4; Walker 1-5; Green 0-1; Youngkin 0-1; Pierce 0-3), Lycoming 9-18 (Hollis 4-4; Harward 1-3; Ilodigwe 1-3; Terry 1-2; Dangerfield 1-3; Flores-Diaz 1-2; Walden Jr. 0-1). Fouled out: Alvernia-Thomas, Lycoming-Terry. Rebounds: Alvernia 38 (Allen 8), Lycoming 30 (Harward 8). Assists: Alvernia 6 (Taylor 2; Thomas 2), Lycoming 14 (Dangerfield 4). Total fouls: Alvernia 15, Lycoming 17. Technical fouls: Alvernia-none, Lycoming-none. A: 285.

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