Warriors win exhibition game with Cougars

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Freshman D'Yante Doughty(Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) stole the ball and fired a pass up to a streaking sophomore Ronald Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Christ the King), who made the layup with eight seconds remaining as the defending MAC Commonwealth champion Lycoming College men's basketball team hung on for a 96-92 exhibition game win over defending MAC Freedom champion Misericordia University in Champions for Charity on Wednesday night, Nov. 8, at Lamade Gym.
 
The exhibition was a part of the Champions for Charity game in which Lycoming and Misericordia teamed up to help raise funds for the Red Cross Hurricane Maria Relief Fund.
 
Senior Chris Wallace (Randallstown, Md./Calvert Hall) led the Warriors with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting. He added three rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Sophomore Damani Myers (Baldwin, N.Y./St. Mary's) notched 12 points and a team-high six assists with four rebounds and two steals. Junior T.J. Duckett (Severna Park, Md./Calvert Hall) and Jefferson combined for 24 of the 41 Warrior bench points as Duckett had 14 points with four rebounds, while hitting 4-of-7 3-pointers, and Jefferson had 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.
 
In a close game from start to finish with the biggest lead being eight by Misericordia in the first half, the Warriors fought back and took a halftime lead at 46-42. By late in the second half, Doughty hit two free throws with 4:08 remaining to put Lycoming up 85-81, but a 4-point play by Tre' Fields just 15 seconds later tied the game. The Cougars took a brief one-point lead with 3:37 remaining on a made Jason Kenny free throw but over a minute later, senior Alex Newbold (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) hit a layup to help the Warriors take a 90-88 lead. Misericordia went on a quick three-point run with a made jumper and free throw with 33 seconds remaining to make it 91-90. After Lycoming was called for a travel with 17 seconds left, Doughty earned a steal at midcourt and found Jefferson to give the Warriors the lead for good. Doughty and senior Darius James (Brooklyn, N.Y./Chris the King) hit four foul shots in the final five seconds to preserve the win.
 
Lycoming forced 29 Misericordia turnovers that led to 43 points. Lycoming also held a 38-20 points in the paint advantage.
 
James had seven points, seven rebounds and four assists for Lycoming while freshman Ramadan Jennings (Jackson, Ohio/Life Skills) added nine points, three rebounds and three blocks off the bench.
 
Misericordia's Stone McCreary scored a team-high 23 points off the bench while hitting 6-of-8 from downtown and Tre' Fields added 21 points and eight rebounds. 
 
The Warriors open the 2017-18 regular season with a trip to Medgar Evers for a 5 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 15.