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Ptasinski Shoots Men's Hoops Past Navy

Feb. 1, 2014

7-14, 2-8

  1 2 Final
Navy 34 20 54
Lafayette 37 35 72

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5-16, 1-9

 Stat Comparison Navy LC
 Points 54 72
 FG Made-Attempted 18-53 23-40
 FG Percentage 34.0 57.5
 3P Made/Attempted 9-34 8-15
 3P Percentage 26.5 53.3
 FT Made-Attempted 9-13 18-18
 FT Percentage 69.2 100.0
 Rebounds 23 32
 Turnovers 13 17

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 Lafayette - Ptasinski
 Navy - Smith 15
 Lafayette - Trist 6
 Navy - Smith, Wynn
 Lafayette - Lindner 4
 Navy - Venturini
 Lafayette - Four players 1
 Navy - Smith
 Lafayette - Hoffman 2
 Navy - Venturini & Kelly

EASTON, Pa. - A devastating 25-2 second half run sparked by four of Joey Ptasinski's six threes propelled Lafayette to a 72-54 victory over Navy on Saturday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center. Ptasinski scored a season-high 22 points in the victory.

The Leopards (5-16, 1-9) limited Navy (7-14, 2-8) to 20 points after halftime and 10 points over the final 14:32 of the game. Joining Ptasinski, who has consecutive 20-point games, in double digits were Dan Trist (17 points) and Nick Lindner (13). As a team, Lafayette was 23-of-40 from the field (57.5 percent), including an 8-for-15 effort from beyond the arc. Ptasinksi knocked down all six of his three-point attempts. The Leopards also held a 32-23 edge on the glass and snapped an 11-game losing streak.

The Leopards went 18-for-18 from the line in the win, which was the best effort from the stripe this season in the Patriot League. The mark was the fifth best in conference history.

Worth Smith scored 15 points to pace Navy, which shot 34 percent (18-of-53), while Brandon Venturini chipped in 13 points and Zach Fong added 12. Navy's 54 points was a season-low for a Lafayette opponent along with its 34 percent shooting.

Lafayette jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the game's opening minutes on the strength of two Ptasinski three-pointers and a tip in by Michael Hoffman. Navy bounced back with four straight points by Smith and Venturini's transition three to take the lead at 9-8 five minutes in. Lafayette regained the lead on a Monty Boykins three that rattled home following a pair of empty trips for each side.

The Leopards maintained their lead and went up by as many as seven on three occasions before Navy put together a 10-0 run that included threes by Fong and Smith. After Smith's triple capped the spurt, Navy led 26-23 before a Seth Hinrichs baseline jumper.

Another Venturini trey put Navy up five with three minutes to play, but Lafayette used an 8-2 run, including six consecutive free throws, to go up a 35-34 with a minute to play in the half. A layup by Lindner on Lafayette's final possession pushed the Leopards' lead to 37-34 and they took that advantage into the break following a missed trey by Venturini. Lafayette shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from the field in the half, while holding Navy to 34.4 percent (11-of-32). The Mids took advantage of 10 Lafayette giveaways in the period.

Lafayette continued to hold the lead in the first five minutes of the second half. After Smith's jumper closed the gap to a point (45-44), Ptasinski drained two threes in succession and Navy called timeout with 13:17 showing. Out of the stoppage, each team turned it over once and Fong misfired on a corner three as Lafayette continued to lead 51-44 with less than 12 minutes remaining.

A driving layup plus a free throw after the contact by Lindner gave Lafayette its largest cushion to that point at 54-44, prior to Trist's jumper, two Ptasinski free throws and his fifth three of the afternoon that made it 61-44. A bucket by Will Kelly briefly stopped the Leopards' run, but Ptasinski buried another triple and Lindner's pullup put the final nail in Navy's coffin as the Mids called for timeout with 7:23 left trailing by 20 (66-46).

The Leopards hit the road on Wednesday night when they travel to Bucknell. Opening tip from Sojka Pavilion is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen online on the Patriot League Network.

Game Notes:

Zach Rufer returned to the floor after missing the previous four games with a concussion.

Ptasinski is 11-of-12 from three-point range in his last two games.