AURORA, N.Y. – The Lancaster Bible College men's basketball team turned around a seven point first half deficit to rally for a 65-62 victory over the Wells College Express in North Eastern Athletic Conference action Friday evening in Aurora. Terry Harrison (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced the Express (4-6, 1-1 NEAC) in the loss with a game high 25 points and ten rebounds.
The Chargers were led by Madison Warfel (Greenwood, Del.) with a team high 20 points while teammate Kurt Keltner (Menomonee Falls, Wisc.) chipped in with 12 points.
The Express started the game with an 8-0 run and maintained a seven point lead (15-8) when all five starters subbed out but, the bench would not disappoint as a 3-pointer by Luke Thomas and a lay-up from Jon Bonds propelled Wells to a commanding 12 point lead (22-10).
Just as it looked as though it might be a blowout, the Chargers rallied for a 9-0 run, trimming the lead to one (22-21) with 5:25 remaining in the half. The Express sparked a 7-0 rally late on two lay-ups from Harrison and a 3-pointer from Foltz to take a 34-37 lead into the break.
The second half would be a battle as both teams combined for nine lead changes and five ties.
The Chargers came out in the second and scored seven straight points to tie the game at 34-34 and would build their lead to as many as six (47-41) with 11:59 to play.
The Express responded with a three from Corey Lewis (Plattsburg, N.Y.) starting an 8-0 run to give Wells a 49-47 lead. Both teams continued to trade shots over the next six minutes but, with Wells clinging to a one point lead (59-58) with 3:36 to play the Chargers pulled ahead for good. Warfel finished a lay-up from Corey Leonard (Quarryville, Pa.) and, after a Wells turnover and shooting foul led to two good free throws by Leonard, Lancaster found themselves in control up 62-59 with 2:11 to play.
Sloppy play dominated the next 90-seconds has both teams combined for three turnovers, while a free throw put Lancaster up by four (63-59) with 27-seconds to play.
EJ Taylor hit a three with 19-seconds remaining, trimming the lead to one (63-62). The Express looked to be eyeing overtime after an intentional foul forced Lancaster to the line, only to see them hit one of two shots, giving Wells the chance they needed, but on the ensuing push up the floor by the Express the Chargers forced a turnover ending the comeback for Wells and securing the conference victory for Lancaster.
The Chargers shot an outstanding 65 percent from the field in the second half including 4-7 from behind the arc and would finish the day shooting 52.2 percent from the field.
Wells shot 43.1 percent from the floor, 11 of 16 from the charity stripe, and held a 34-24 advantage on the glass.
The Express will look to bounce back tomorrow when they welcome NEAC opponent Penn. St. Berks to campus for a 1 p.m. tip-off in Aurora.