Hinrichs Reaches Milestone in Blowout Win
Feb. 12, 2014
Loyola's 44 points was the lowest total for any Lafayette opponent this season and the least since the Leopards held Colgate to 40 on Jan. 30, 2013. Alongside Hinrichs was Dan Trist with 14 points, while Bryce Scott and Michael Hoffman each added nine points. Hoffman's nine matched his career high and he also set a new career-high with four rejections.
Neither team found its rhythm offensively for a majority of the first half, until the Leopards scored six of the final seven points to close out the final three minutes of the period. Loyola managed a 14-10 advantage on the glass, but turned the ball over 10 times compared to Lafayette's seven. As a team, Lafayette made 12 of its 23 shot attempts (43.5 percent), but went 1-for-8 from deep. The Greyhounds connected on 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from the floor, but missed all eight of their three-point attempts.
Loyola was held to 24 percent (6-for-25) from the field in the second half to finish the game at 33.3 percent.
Leading 27-22 at the break, Scott hit a turnaround jumper on the first possession of the half before a three by Tyler Hubbard made it a four-point game (29-25). Hubbard's trey was the Greyhounds only successful try from beyond the arc (1-14). On the other end, Trist scored inside and then added two three throws as Lafayette led by eight. Following a pair at the line for R.J. Williams (10 points), consecutive threes, Hinrichs in transition and Zach Rufer with the shot clock expiring, pushed the stretch to 18-6 as Loyola called timeout trailing 39-27.
Lafayette forced a turnover out of the stoppage and Rufer buried another trifecta from the corner
to put the Leopards up 15. The 21-6 run ended on a free throw by Eric Laster and Williams' driving layup, but Hinrichs put in a foul line jumper and Joey Ptasinski drilled a three to force Loyola into another timeout five minutes into the second half. Lafayette led 47-30 at that point.
Less than five minutes later, Hinrichs eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau with an offensive rebound and putback from inside the paint that put the Leopards up 53-32 at 10:58. The Maroon and White led by as many as 24 points and cruised to the 17-point win.
Lafayette is back at Kirby Sports Center on Saturday when it hosts American on Senior Day. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will air on the Lafayette Sports Network and online on the Patriot League Network.
Lafayette made all of its free throw attempts (5-of-5) for the third time this season.
Joey Ptasinski matched his season high with four assists.
Lafayette's nine blocks were a season high.
Hinrichs is the eighth player in school history to reach 1,000 points in his junior season.