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 IMG_1359BY JEFF FALK

ANNVILLE – It’s the final piece to the puzzle.

It’s the last part of the Lebanon Valley men’s basketball team’s game that needs work. Consistency.

On Wednesday at Lou Sorrentino Gymasium, the ‘I’ word – inconsistency – reared its ugly head for the Flying Dutchmen, as they dropped a 64-51 decision to struggling Messiah. After the game was deadlocked at 25 at the break, the Falcons outscored Lebanon Valley 39-26 over the second 20 minutes of action.

IMG_1385By some accounts, it was the Flying Dutchmen’s weakest performance over what has been a surprisingly strong season. Lebanon Valley’s point output was its fewest to date, and LVC shot an ice-cold 26 percent from the field, which included two-for-17 from downtown.

The loss was Lebanon Valley’s second straight following five wins in-a-row. The Flying Dutchmen are now 11-6 overall and 5-3 in the Middle Atlantic Conference’s Commonwealth.

Last-place Messiah improved to 5-12 on the season and 2-6 in the circuit.

IMG_1457“It wasn’t good,” said Lebanon Valley head coach Brad McAlester. “Not only couldn’t we make shots, I don’t think they were good shots. We didn’t make good decision. And then we had to play defense to stop them, and we couldn’t.

“I’m surprised about two-for-17,” McAlester added, “because we have good shooters.”

The Flying Dutchmen had it going on early.

Lebanon Valley enjoyed a pair of eight-point leads in the opening seven minutes. LVC notched 12 of the first 16 points and opened a 12-4 margin on lay-in from Zach Mrozek.

IMG_1447A minute later, the Flying Dutchmen grabbed a 14-6 advantage on two foul shots from Andy Orr.

“Early, we were up eight,” said McAlester. “But we kept letting them (the Falcons) hang in, hang in and then we started missing shots. It was one of those games where we didn’t play well.

“I’m not pleased that we lost,” McAlester. “But it’s a young team, and we’re growing. We don’t want to forget this. But we want to learn from it.”

The flow of the contest shifted noticeably late in the first half. Lebanon Valley was still up 18-11 – courtesy of a jumper from Will Boccanfuso – before the Falcons outscored it 14-7 over the nine minutes ahead of halftime.

IMG_1406“We gave up 13 offensive rebounds,” said McAlester. “I thought they out hustled us.

“I don’t know why we didn’t play well,” continued McAlester. “I thought we were well-prepared. But once we started missing shots, we couldn’t get it back. We need to regroup. We need to go hard in practice. We have to be ready to go.”

Northern Lebanon graduate Sam Light, a sophomore guard, paced Lebanon Valley’s scoring with 16 points, on ten-for-ten foul shooting. Leading scorer Orr contributed 14 points, on seven-for-eight free throwing.

But Light was just four-for-14 from the field, and Orr was four-for-15.

LVC’s assist-to-turnover ratio was six-to-ten.

IMG_1365“Yeah, he was trying to get things going,” said McAlester of Light. “But we don’t want everyone else standing around watching him. But he was trying. It was a positive.

“Everybody focuses on Andy,” McAlester added. “He just didn’t score. He was off-balance sometimes.”

The Falcons created some separation from Lebanon Valley early in the second half, with a barrage of three-pointers. During its 21-7 run to open the second 20 minutes of play, Messiah drilled five three-point field goals, and opened a 46-32 margin, with 12:13 remaining.

IMG_1408Messiah shot 40 percent from behind the arc and notched 30 of its total points from there.

Lebanon Valley reduced its deficit to single-digits on only a number of subsequent possessions, before the Falcons opened a 64-46 bulge with 2:53 remaining.

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IMG_13802015-16 Lebanon Valley College Men’s Basketball Results

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT
Penn St. Harrisburg Tip-Off Tournament
11/14/2015 Roanoke College Middletown, Pa. W 101-98
 
11/15/2015 Penn State Harrisburg Middletown, Pa. L 60-61  
 
Rinso Marquette Tournament
11/20/2015 Wilkes University vs. Rowan University Annville, Pa. 6 p.m.  
11/20/2015 Penn State Abington Annville, Pa. W 84-72
 
11/21/2015 Wilkes Unversity vs. Penn State Abington Annville, Pa. 1 p.m.  
11/21/2015 Rowan University Annville, Pa. W 92-85
 
11/24/2015 Misericordia University Dallas, Pa. L 65-68
 
11/29/2015 Moravian College Annville, Pa. L 81-86
 
12/2/2015 * Arcadia University Glenside, Pa. W 83-74
 
12/5/2015 * Albright College Annville, Pa. W 89-72
 
12/9/2015 Marymount University Annville, Pa. W 76-65
 
12/12/2015 * Hood College Frederick, Md. L 71-81
 
12/21/2015 * Alvernia University Reading, Pa. W 74-62
 
12/30/2015 Marywood University Scranton, Pa. W 78-58 
 
1/6/2016 * Stevenson University Annville, Pa. W 82-74
 
1/9/2016 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, Pa. W 88-74
 
1/13/2016 * Widener University Annville, Pa. W 78-69
 
1/16/2016 * Lycoming College Williamsport, Pa. L 87-96 
 
1/20/2016 * Messiah College Annville, Pa. L 51-64  
 
1/23/2016 * Albright College Reading, Pa. 2 p.m.  
1/27/2016 * Hood College Annville, Pa. 8 p.m.  
2/3/2016 * Widener University Chester, Pa. 8 p.m.  
2/6/2016 Alumni Game Annville, Pa. 11 a.m.  
Hot Dog Frank Day
2/6/2016 * Alvernia University Annville, Pa. 2 p.m.  
2/10/2016 * Stevenson University Stevenson, Md. 8 p.m.  
2/13/2016 * Arcadia University Annville, Pa. 4 p.m.  
2/16/2016 * Messiah College Grantham, Pa. 8 p.m.  
2/20/2016 * Lycoming College Annville, Pa. 3 p.m.

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IMG_1354Middle Atlantic Conference

 Commonwealth Standings

School MAC Overall
MAC Commonwealth
Lycoming 6-2 14-3
Arcadia 5-3 12-5
Lebanon Valley 5-3 11-6
Alvernia 5-3 9-8
Hood 3-4 9-7
Stevenson 3-4 5-11
Widener 3-5 8-9
Albright 3-5 6-11
Messiah 2-6 5-12

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