Albright Men Beaten at LVC After Slow Second Half

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The Albright College men's basketball team held LVC without a field goal for 12:03 of the second half but managed just 11 points over that stretch, falling 58-55 to the Dutchmen on Saturday.

Albright drops to 11-10, 7-7 with the loss. Lebanon Valley (8-12, 6-7) has a chance at Hood on Monday to move ahead of the Lions for fifth place in the Commonwealth, with LVC now clinching a 2-0 head-to-head advantage.

Senior Kyle Jordan had a team-high 14 points while adding eight rebounds and two blocks. Junior Evan Ward had nine points and 12 rebounds, with freshman Josh Marquez adding 12 points.

Down 43-33 with under 15 minutes to play, the Lions made their run. Jordan tied up a rebound to keep it in the offensive end, eventually leading to a Sam Marrella three-pointer with 14:17 remaining. Marrella added a steal, and Pedro Perez hit one free throw on each of two trips down the floor to cut it to 43-38.

Two free throws from Jordan cut it to 44-40, and Ward's basket with 6:46 remaining made it 45-42. Marquez scored with 4:12 left but missed the and-one chance to tie it at 45-all.

Travis Conrad's free throw with 9:09 left broke a scoreless run of 6:49 for the Dutchmen. He then drained a three-pointer with 3:55 to go, LVC's first basket since 15:58 on the clock, to give the hosts a 48-44 lead.

Kyler Burke and Jordan exchanged baskets with under a minute-and-a-half left, and Kevin Agnew added two crucial free throws for a 54-49 scoreline in the final minute.

Jordan had scored four early points for a 6-4 Albright lead. The Dutchmen went on a run, taking an 11-6 lead on Burke's drive; Mike Fasano's three-pointer gave LVC 10 straight points. Jordan answered for the Lions.

Agnew drained consecutive three-pointers in a span of 37 seconds to give the Dutchmen 24-14 advantage with 10:26 left before halftime.

Ward (nine first half rebounds, four of them offensive) crashed the boards to help Albright get back into the game before halftime. His three-point play made it 24-17, and the junior then completed a put-back to cut the deficit to 26-21.

Marquez scored to get Albright to within a possession, and another put-back by Ward made it 28-26 LVC with 3:02 left in the first half. The Dutchmen would go into the locker room with a 34-28 lead.

Agnew hit an open three-pointer early in the second half to put the hosts up 37-28. Perez drained a corner three to cut it to 37-31.

Agnew, the third-leading scorer in the nation, finished with 26 points for Lebanon Valley- just shy of his average (26.6 ppg). Joey Giangiobbe filled the box score with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and six steals.