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Monday, December 31, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke's 3s open eyes in Lafayette's 93-84 victory
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Howard University coach Frankie Allen stood in stunned silence after a 3-pointer was made by Lafayette College senior guard Brian Burke late in the second half. Allen did a lot of the same throughout the Leopards' 93-84 non-league victory Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 2,021 at Kirby Sports Center. Most of Allen's stares of astonishment were in response to the Leopards' shooting from 3-point range, led by Burke (19 points, eight assists) and Ben Saxton (18 points, four rebounds). The 3-pointer that Allen said he wanted to talk to Burke about came with 2:34 remaining, and came from seemingly a different area code, giving the Leopards (6-5) an 83-74 lead.

Saturday, December 22, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette self-destructs in loss to Princeton
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Mini runs, that's what Lafayette and Princeton had all game. Neither team could pull away until the final four minutes. Then the Leopards went cold from the outside and Princeton ran valuable time off the clock, punctuating their stall-offense possessions with layups as the shot clock was about to expire. It was classic Princeton basketball. The Tigers used poise and execution to break down their opponent. But the Leopards have to look, frustrated, into the mirror and wonder why they self-destructed, losing 67-61 in a non-league game at Jadwin Gymnasium.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards fall to valuable Venable
The Express-Times/ By John Bruns
PRINCETON, N.J. - Few non-scholarship teams from the Ivy and Patriot leagues are going defeat Princeton four times in a row - or even three times for that matter. Lafayette did it three times, but couldn't quite make it four Friday night. The Tigers, whose schedule is rated the 11th-toughest in the nation, overcame a five-point deficit in the final 14 minutes to earn a 67-61 victory over the Leopards before 4,622 fans at Jadwin Gym. After shooting a mediocre 39 percent (11-for-28 with no 3-pointers) in the first half, Princeton (3-6) shot a sizzling 16-for-22 (72.7 percent) in the second half to break a modest three-game winning streak Lafayette (5-5) had put together.

Thursday, December 20, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: O'Hanlon's 100th win secondary to the game
The Express-Times/ By Paul Sokoloski
Most of Fran O'Hanlon's victories at Lafayette College have taken a lot more effort than win No. 100 in his seven-year Leopards career - a thrashing of Division III's University of Scranton. You'd never know it by the way the head coach worked the sideline Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center. He was on his feet barking directions one moment then folding his arms across his chest with a stern look on his face the next. The Leopards were only heading toward a 41-point halftime lead over Scranton, on their way to a 90-47 triumph.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Guy gets 16, his coach No. 100
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - Reggie Guy can only hope his final exams went as well as Lafayette's 90-47 non-league humbling of Scranton before 1,673 fans Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center. "I hope so. I worked hard on them (final exams)," said Guy, a 6-foot-3 senior guard who came off the bench to lead five Lafayette players in double figures with 16 points. The 11-day break for finals failed to stop the Leopards' current roll. Lafayette (5-4) takes a three-game win streak into Friday night's contest at Princeton.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: 'Pards' O'Hanlon has it easy in earning his 100th victory
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
If you peruse the year-by-year results in the back of the Lafayette College basketball media guide, you'll be told that Scranton defeated the Leopards 89-81 last year. Now, it's true that the 2000-2001 Leopards had their tough moments. And, it's true that they did trail the Royals by six points at the half. But Lafayette went to the 3-point shot in the second half and, with Tim Bieg leading the way, staved off the upset, posting an 81-69 victory. Still, what a difference a year makes. Lafayette gave Scranton the opening field goal on Wednesday night, then turned up the heat. By the end of the first half, the Leopards had made 13 steals, forced 20 Scranton turnovers and thoroughly dismantled their Division III opponent. They led by 41 points at intermission and went on to win 90-47. The victory was the 100th in the seven-year career of Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon, but you'd never have suspected it.

Sunday, December 9, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards rip Cornell, head into exam break
The Express-Times/ By John Bruns
EASTON - An 11-day exam break just ahead, Lafayette basketball players will go into that stressful period with the knowledge they've earned a fresh start when the season resumes.The Leopards evened their record at 4-4 with a 73-44 blowout of Cornell (1-7) Saturday in an independent game played before 2,518 fans at the Kirby Sports Center. Coming on the heels of their victory at Drexel, the Leopards have back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards' Dill reaches new height
The Morning Call/ By Don Bostrom
Sophomore forward Rob Dill, Lafayette's 6-9 German import, had a breakout game Saturday afternoon as the Leopards (4-4) enjoyed their first laugher of the season, a 73-44 romp over Cornell (1-7) at the Kirby Sports Center. Dill came off the bench to post career highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds. His first careeer double-double was augmented by two blocks shots and a steal. "I think I have the potential to do that," said Dill, who caught Lafayette's eye during his exchange-student year at Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Fla. If his parents, Gunther and Christa, weren't listening to the game back home in Hanover, Germany, via Lafayette's state-of-the-art Web site broadcast, Rob was going to fill them in with his weekly phone call.

Thursday, December 6, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Division I's Middle Class Is at Mercy of the Elite
The Washington Post/ By John Feinstein
In the spring of 1988, Steve Lappas was hired as the basketball coach at Manhattan College. He took over a once-proud program that had slid almost to the bottom of Division I, winning just four games in the season before his arrival. Within 48 hours of moving into his office, Lappas found his desk loaded with messages from colleagues in the coaching business. Missives of congratulation? Not exactly. "Everyone," Lappas said, "wanted us on their schedule. They did everything but offer to send a chartered jet for us." With his aggressive recruiting and intense style, Lappas didn't need long to get things turned around at Manhattan. By his third season, the Jaspers had just missed winning their league championship, had won 20 games and were in the NIT. "Not only was no one calling me," Lappas said, "but I couldn't get anyone to take my calls." Welcome to life at the mid-majors. Everyone who has coached at Manhattan or Delaware or any school that doesn't have a glamorous name but might have a good team can tell you about the three-step pattern that is a sure sign you are doing a good job: Step one: You are every coach's best buddy. Step two: They all lose your phone number. Step three: They tell you to lose their phone number. "I remember the guy who scheduled at Arizona State called me my second year wanting us to play," recalled Lafayette Coach Fran O'Hanlon, who took over a team that had been 2-25 and won 18 games his third season and 22 his fourth. "The money they offered was good, so I said we would play. A couple days later, he called me back and said, 'Hey, I didn't know you worked for Fran Dunphy at Penn. Are you trying to do what he did there?' I said, 'Do you mean, get good? Yeah, that's what we're trying to do.'

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette abuses 'Bruiser'
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
PHILADELPHIA - Everything was in place for James "Bruiser" Flint's highly-anticipated campus debut as the Drexel Dragons men's basketball coach Wednesday night. A rare sellout crowd of 2,339 filled the Daskalakis Athletic Center to see their Dragons under the Philadelphia native and former University of Massachusetts boss meet Lafayette. Just prior to tipoff Flint was presented with an award for being the "best-dressed" coach in Division I men's basketball. Those turned out to be Drexel's highlights as the visiting Leopards, coached by another Philadelphian, Fran O'Hanlon, methodically built a 17-point second-half lead and then held on for an 88-84 non-league victory.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Saxton, Burke help Lafayette spoil Drexel's home opener
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
PHILADELPHIA -- The night started with Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon, a Philadelphia native, having to listen to Drexel coach James "Bruiser" Flint being cheered by Dragons fans after receiving an Internet award for being the best-dressed coach in college basketball. "I knew I wasn't even in the running," O'Hanlon said. "You'd have to turn that list upside down before you would see my name." Maybe so, but Flint and his young and often out-of-control players won't be able to forget about the Leopards, who spoiled Drexel's home opener. Ben Saxton scored a career-high 22 points, and Brian Burke added a career-high 10 assists in an 88-84 nonleague victory Wednesday at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Drexel comes up short against Lafayette
Philadelphia Daily News/ By Bill Fleischman
First, Drexel began the season without its most experienced returning player, point guard Ashley Howard. He is out for the season with a cardiac abnormality. Last night, the Dragons played without their No. 3 scorer, Jamil Moore. The 6-4 sophomore has been suspended indefinitely for unspecified reasons, coach Bruiser Flint said. Despite Moore's absence, Drexel (2-4) trimmed a 17-point, second-half deficit to five points twice in the final minute before bowing to visiting Lafayette, 88-84, in a non-conference game in the saunalike Daskalakis Athletic Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Flint's home debut is spoiled
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Ray Parrillo
In an effort to make the new guy feel welcome, a near-capacity crowd of 2,339 filed into the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center last night to catch the first glimpse of Bruiser Flint, the feisty coach Drexel hired in the spring. Flint couldn't give the enthusiastic fans a victory in his first game on campus, because Lafayette (3-4) held off Drexel, 88-84, in a nonconference game. Yet, Flint and his Dragons (2-4) taught them a lesson: Regardless of the score, it might be a good idea to stick around until the final horn. Lafayette seemed on the verge of an easy win after it built a 74-57 lead with 5 minutes, 45 seconds remaining. In the end, though, the Leopards, well-drilled as usual under coach Fran O'Hanlon, survived on the sharp free-throw shooting of senior Brian Burke.

Tuesday, December 4, 2001

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards, Hawks struggling early
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Good news and bad news for the Lafayette and Lehigh men's basketball teams. First, the bad news. Neither the Leopards nor Mountain Hawks are making a run at 20-win seasons. Lafayette most recently scored 80 points in a loss (to Marist) and allowed just 52 points in defeat (to Columbia). "We've been inconsistent game-to-game, and inconsistent within games," Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon said. "I think that's come from trying to find the right combinations." And it's caused too many turnovers in O'Hanlon's mind. "We have to do a better job taking care of the ball, and we have to learn how to win," O'Hanlon said of the Leopards' 111 turnovers to 94 assists. Lafayette tries to halt its two-game skid Wednesday at Drexel, now coached by former UMass boss James "Bruiser" Flint and featuring local products Danny Hinds (Central Catholic) and Steve Showers (Northwestern).