Everybody loves a surprise. As long as it’s a pleasant one.
The Lebanon Valley College men’s basketball squad is off to a surprisingly hot start. On Sunday in Annville, the Flying Dutchmen registered their fourth consecutive victory, a 68-56 wire-to-wire one over McDaniel.
After establishing a working 29-18 halftime margin, Lebanon Valley outscored the Green Terrors 18-4 over the first 6:18 of the second half to open a 47-22 bulge. The Flying Dutchmen got the job done with torrid free-throw shooting and stingy defense.
LVC made 27 of its 34 free throw attempts and outscored McDaniel by 11 points at the stripe. The Flying Dutchmen also held the Green Terrors to 35 percent shooting from the field, including two-for-12 from long distance.
The win lifted the Flying Dutchmen to 4-1 overall, as they prepare to host rival Elizabethtown in their Commonwealth Conference opener on Wednesday. McDaniel slipped to 2-3 on the year.
On 13-of-14 shooting from the charity stripe, junior point guard Joe Meehan paced Lebanon Valley with 20 points. The Flying Dutchmen also got 13 points from Danny Brooks, 12 points from Lebanon High product Anthony Trautman and nine boards from guard Jordan Stewart.
After opening the year with an 86-66 setback at York, Lebanon Valley has now won all four of its home games.