Lebanon Valley Hands No. 6 Lycoming Its First Loss

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Lebanon Valley 81, No. 6 Lycoming 71
 
LVC Starters
Light, Bugg, Anderson, Orr, Boccanfuso
 
Lyco Starters
Myers, Jefferson, Doughty, Newbold, Wallace
 
How It Happened
Not a bad way to start the new year.
 
In a battle of the top two scoring teams in the MAC Commonwealth, Lebanon Valley earned its most impressive win to date with an 81-71 victory over previously unbeaten and No. 6 Lycoming at Sorrentino Gymnasium on Wednesday night, Jan. 3.
 
Sam Light poured in a game-high 27 points, including six buckets from 3-point territory, while his running mate Andy Orr posted his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Will Boccanfuso was the third LVC player to reach double digits with 11 points and Chris Anderson filled up the stat sheet with a game-high eight assists.
 
The game's key stretch came late in the first half with the Flying Dutchmen (10-4, 4-1 MAC Commonwealth) trailing 33-32 at the 3:13 mark. LVC put together a clutch 9-0 run before the break, with free throws from Light and Orr proving key and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Boccanfuso swinging the momentum back in favor of the home team.
 
It was more of the same coming out of the locker room, with Chris Anderson and Light combining for back-to-back-to-back 3-balls early in the second half. Light was fouled while converting a fastbreak layup the next time down and his free throw combined with Orr's jumper on the next possession put Lebanon Valley ahead by 20 with 15:49 remaining.
 
The Dutchmen took their largest lead of the night when Light buried another triple to stretch the advantage to 62-37 at the 13:37 mark but the Warriors (13-1, 4-1 MAC Commonwealth) displayed the resolve that's put them in the conversation as one of the nation's top teams by scoring the game's next 16 points in a row and cutting the deficit to just nine with 8:59 left to play.
 
After his team went scoreless for nearly five minutes, Caleb Barwin stopped the bleeding with a much-needed corner 3-ball and Zach Tuckerknocked down an elbow jumper to push the lead back to double digits with 7:31 left. Orr netted the game's next six tallies to put LVC up 73-56 with 5:24 remaining.
 
A small run allowed Lyco to draw to within 10 with less than four minutes left but Light's sixth trey of the game with little more than two minutes remaining effectively ended any hope for a Warriors' comeback.

Let's Watch That Again...
After the Dutchmen halted Lycoming's impressive 16-0 run midway through the second half, Chris Anderson intercepted an errant Darius Dangerfield pass and raced back the other way. He found a trailing Andy Orr in transition and the big man did the rest when he hammered home a monstrous two-handed dunk to increase the Dutchmen advantage to 17 points with 5:50 left to play.



Stat of the Night
33 – The number of times Lebanon Valley got to the charity stripe against Lyco. The Dutchmen made the visitors pay for their mistakes by converting all but six attempts from the free throw line (81.8 percent).
 
Inside the Numbers
- The Dutchmen racked up a 43.8 shooting percentage from the field, including an impressive 40 percent clip (12-30) from beyond the arc.
- Lebanon Valley was especially strong in the second half, shooting 52.2 percent from the floor after the break.
- LVC's defense was on display, as the team held a Lycoming squad averaging a conference-best 84.9 points per game well below its season average.
- Lebanon Valley recorded assists on 18 of its 21 made field goals.
- The Dutchmen netted 19 points off Lyco turnovers.
Sam Light led the way with 27 points. He racked up six 3-pointers to go along with five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Andy Orr was efficient in recording a double-double. He scored 15 points on 4-6 shooting (7-8 FT), grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out three assists, and added two blocks.
Will Boccanfuso was a perfect 5-5 from the foul line in scoring 11 points. He added four boards.
Chris Anderson racked up a game-high eight assists to go along with six points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Ricky Bugg chipped in with eight points, while Zach Tucker also finished with eight tallies, three assists, and three boards off the bench.
- Prior to Wednesday's contest, the last time LVC had faced a top-10 opponent came against No. 4 Middlebury back in the fall of 2012.
 
Who's Next?
Things don't get any easier for the Dutchmen when they travel to Albright for another marquee conference showdown with their old rivals on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6.

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