Men's Hoops Downs Bucknell Behind Hinrichs' Double-Double
Feb. 5, 2014
LEWISBURG, Pa. – For the second straight game, Lafayette clamped down defensively for a prolonged stretch and took advantage of a large run in a 66-58 win over Bucknell on Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion. Seth Hinrichs scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his third-career double-double.
A 17-2 run that lasted more than eight minutes to end the first half and open the second helped the Leopards (6-16, 2-9) take the lead for good in their first-ever victory in 16 tries at Sojka Pavilion. Dan Trist scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Monty Boykins added a career-high 13 points, including a crucial three with three minutes left.
As a team, Lafayette held a 37-35 rebounding edge and held its opponent under 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time all season. Cameron Ayers led Bucknell (10-12, 5-6) with 22 points and seven rebounds and he was the lone bright spot offensively as the team made 2-of-16 from beyond the arc. Overall, Bucknell shot 34.5 percent from the field.
The Bison raced out to an early 8-0 lead on a pair of jumpers and two layups. Three straight baskets by the Leopards pulled them within two, but Ayers’ lay-in began a 10-3 stretch for Bucknell that had it ahead 18-9 at the seven-minute mark. The Leopards opened the game 3-of-15 from the field, including 0-for-5 from deep with five turnovers in the first 13 minutes, before Trist’s spin and layup made it 18-11.
After a Brian Fitzpatrick (12 points) bucket inside, Lafayette scored six of the next seven points to close the gap to 21-17, but Chris Hass made a layup, Ryan Frazier added a free throw and Ayers’ second-chance layup had Bucknell back up nine (26-17) with two minutes left in the half.
A three-pointer by Boykins after Lafayette called timeout at 1:44 and a pair of buckets by Trist pulled the Leopards within two at halftime (26-24) as both teams were held under 40 percent from the field in the period.
Trist’s jumper off the glass plus a foul and successful free throw gave Lafayette its first lead of the night at 27-26. The 10 consecutive Lafayette points were interrupted by Ryan Hill’s layup in transition, but Hinrichs scored inside, Boykins drilled a corner three off a kick from Nick Lindner and Trist scored over Dom Hoffman to force Bucknell to call timeout at 15:09.
The 17-2 run ended on Fitzpatrick’s layup at 13:15, but Joey Ptasinski quickly answered with a three to increase Lafayette’s lead to 37-30. The Leopards held Bucknell to one field goal over 8:29 during the run. The two sides traded baskets and free throws until an Ayers trey, Bucknell’s first of the night, pulled the Bison within four (41-37) with 8:35 showing.
A tough layup in traffic by Hinrichs began a run of six straight points over the next two minutes that propelled Lafayette its largest lead to that point at 47-37. Ayers converted on his next two trips to the free throw line to bring the Bison within six, but Hinrichs’ pullup in the lane pushed the lead back to eight with less than five minutes to play.
Following another pair at the stripe by Ayers, Lafayette ran the shot clock down and Lindner found Boykins in the wing for the three that helped the Leopards erase Bucknell’s chances at a comeback. The trifecta made the score 52-43 with a little more than three minutes to go.
The Leopards hit continue their road trip on Saturday when they take on Boston University. Opening tip from Agganis Arena is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be available online through the Patriot League Network.
Bucknell’s two made three-pointers were the lowest total for a Lafayette opponent this season.
Lafayette used its 12th different starting lineup of the year.