Annville, Pa. – Lebanon Valley College junior Sam Light missed a free throw with 0.2 seconds left and Alvernia University (11-7, 5-4) survived with a 60-59 victory over the Dutchmen (11-17, 5-4) on Saturday, Jan 21 in MAC Commonwealth men’s basketball action at Sorrentino Gymnasium.
Alvernia junior Mike Miller, Jr. missed the second of two free throws on the other end with three seconds left and fouled Light on a reach-in as he crossed mid court. Light hit the first free throw to pull the Dutchmen within one, but was short on the second attempt that would have tied the game.
Alvernia junior Alex Shippen knocked down a 3 with 5:59 left that gave the Crusaders a 54-49 lead. The guests went 0-for-4 from the floor and missed four free throws from there.
Lebanon Valley scored six straight points after the Shippen 3 to take a 55-54 lead, but from there it was a free throw contest both ways. Alvernia sophomore George Williams was fouled with seven seconds left and hit two free throws to give the Crusaders a 59-56 lead.
The Dutchmen pushed the ball up court with Light and chose not to attempt a potential game-tying 3, but instead went to the basket. Light got into the lane and was fouled by Marshall–his fifth of the game. Light hit both free throws to pull within one then LVC fouled Miller, Jr. on the inbounds pass before his 1-of-2.
Marshall posted his seventh double-double of the season with game highs in points (18) and rebounds (12). Miller, Jr. had 13 points and Williams finished with a dozen. LVC got 17 points from Light and 14 from Andy Orr.
Alvernia built it’s largest lead of the game when a dunk from Marshall put the Crusaders up 26-17 with just under five minutes left in the first half. That lead evaporated quickly with the Dutchmen scored 12 straight points for a 29-26 lead with 46 seconds left in the half. Miller, Jr. hit a 3 for the Crusaders to tie the game with 24 seconds on the clock and Light knocked down a 3 for a 32-29 LVC lead on the final play of the first half.
LVC held a 47-44 led midway through the second half before a 3 from Marshall started a 10-2 run that gave the Crusaders the late 5-point edge.
Alvernia picks up an important road win in the league and jumps into a 4-way tie for second place at 5-4. Lycoming is 8-1 through the first nine games–its only loss to LVC–and has a three game lead over Alvernia, Hood, LVC, and Albright. Arcadia (4-5) kept pace with a 12-point win over Stevenson, as did Widener (4-5) with an overtime win over Albright.
Alvernia hosts Hood on Wednesday and has the league bye next Saturday (Jan. 28).
Team12TotalRecordsAlvernia2931 6011-7, 5-4 MCLebanon Valley3227 5911-7, 5-4 MCGame DetailsDate01/21/17Time4 p.m.Attendance1,300SiteAnnville, Pa. (Sorrentino Gymnasium)Alvernia 60Alvernia 60##PlayerGSFGM-FGA3FGM-3FGAFTM-FTAOFF-DEFTOTPFTPATOBLKSTLMIN3Marquis Marshall*8-162-50-24-81251841133744Mike Miller*4-104-81-20-331130100404George Williams*2-101-37-81-451120102400Alex Shippen*2-71-32-20-001712023111Reid Hoff*0-10-00-01-34401110211Steve Pendleton 2-40-21-31-341511001642Ron Adams 1-20-03-40-0045100115TMTEAM 0-00-00-01-120000000 Totals-19-508-2114-218-223017608728200 Team Total % 38.0 %38.1 %66.7 % Team summary: FG3FGFT First Half 11-264-113-4 42.31 %36.36 %75.00 % Second Half 8-244-1011-17 33.33 %40.00 %64.71 % Technical Fouls:nonePoints in the Paint:14Points off Turnovers:7Second Chance Points:11Fast Break Points:4Bench Points:10Scores Tied:6 time(s)Lead Changed:4 time(s)Largest Lead:9 1st-04:42Lebanon Valley 59Lebanon Valley 59##PlayerGSFGM-FGA3FGM-3FGAFTM-FTAOFF-DEFTOTPFTPATOBLKSTLMIN1Sam Light*6-132-33-40-2231701003622Andy Orr*5-90-04-61-101131434103512Marquis Davis*4-81-30-00-331951002630Will Boccanfuso*2-40-04-51-343810202220Travis Conrad*1-41-40-00-223334213824Caleb Barwin 1-21-20-00-110300001510Collin Moore 1-21-20-00-1103000073Ricky Bugg 1-30-10-00-222201001625Andrew Eberhart 0-20-00-00-110010005TMTEAM 0-00-00-03-250001000 Totals-21-476-1511-155-27321559131251200 Team Total % 44.7 %40.0 %73.3 % Team summary: FG3FGFT First Half 13-294-82-3 44.83 %50.00 %66.67 % Second Half 8-182-79-12 44.44 %28.57 %75.00 % Technical Fouls:nonePoints in the Paint:20Points off Turnovers:9Second Chance Points:5Fast Break Points:0Bench Points:8Scores Tied:6 time(s)Lead Changed:3 time(s)Largest Lead:5 2nd-13:22