Lafayette Routs Colgate for Third Straight Win
Jan. 30, 2013
Colgate (8-14, 2-4 Patriot) couldn't find a rhythm offensively and finished 15-of-50 from the floor (30.0 percent) and 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) from beyond the arc. Lafayette (11-12, 4-2 Patriot) connected on half of its attempts (25-for-50), drilled 10 threes and passed out 17 assists, led by Tony Johnson's eight. Johnson also collected four steals in Lafayette's eighth straight home win.
Murphy Burnatowski, who came into the game after a 29-point performance against Navy in Colgate's last game, was kept in check by Lafayette, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting and four turnovers.
"A lot of it was fueled by our defensive effort," head coach Fran O'Hanlon said. "They're a handful as far as shooting the three. Burnatowski is terrific and I thought we did a great job defensively on him. We got up on their threes and it fueled our offense."
Lafayette's defense picked up where it left off against Lehigh, limiting Colgate to 20.8 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes and forced the Raiders into 11 turnovers. Joey Ptasinski led Lafayette with 10 of his 12 points before intermission. Overall, Colgate gave the ball away 19 times on the night.
"Before we just used to guard our guy one-on-one, but now the whole team is guarding the ball," Ptasinski added. "We're communicating a lot better now and everything is working."
After Burnatowski's three-pointer cut Lafayette's lead to 20-17 at 7:36, the Leopards reeled off the next 15 points to end the half as Colgate missed its final 11 shots before going into the locker room down, 35-17. The run began when Ptasinski found Levi Giese (6 points, 4 blocks) in transition for a vicious two-handed slam and included threes by Bryce Scott, Hinrichs and Ptasinski. The Raiders' 17 points were the lowest by a Lafayette opponent in any half this season.
Hinrichs started the second half with a pair of free throws and a triple, extending the lead to 23, before Luke Roh ended Lafayette's run of 20 consecutive points with a baseline jumper on the other end. Another Hinrichs trey forced Colgate to call timeout, trailing 45-24, and the Raiders responded with the next six points to cut the deficit to 15 with 14:51 to play.
From there, Lafayette scored 13 straight and led by 28. Dan Trist netted four of his 12 points during the 13-0 spurt, which was highlighted by a spin and lay-in on the low block. A layup by Colgate's Chad Johnson at 7:19 briefly stopped the bleeding prior to Lafayette scoring 11 of the next 13 to go ahead by 35 (68-34) and cap a 24-4 run.
Up next for Lafayette is a trip to Washington, D.C. on Saturday for a meeting with American. Opening tip from Bender Arena is set for 2 p.m. and the game can be seen online at GoLeopards.com/allaccess.
Lafayette's eight-game winning streak at Kirby Sports Center is the longest since the Leopards strung together 16 straight to end the 1999-00 season and open 2000-01.
Colgate's 40 points were the lowest since Lafayette allowed 40 to Princeton on Nov. 27, 2004 (40-38 loss).