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Trist, Hinrichs Power Leopards Past First Place American

Feb. 15, 2014

8-17, 4-10

  1 2 Final
American 33 29 62
27 47 74

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15-10, 11-3

 Stat Comparison AU LC
 Points 62 74
 FG Made-Attempted 22-48 27-45
 FG Percentage 45.8 60.0
 3P Made/Attempted 10-21 6-18
 3P Percentage 47.6 33.3
 FT Made-Attempted 8-15 14-17
 FT Percentage 53.3 82.4
 Rebounds 22 27
 Turnovers 11 13

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 Lafayette - Trist
 American - Reed, Wroblicky 13
 Lafayette - Trist 10
 American - Wroblicky
 Lafayette - Trist, Hinrichs 3
 American - Gardner
 Lafayette - Ptasinski 2
 American - Gardner
 Lafayette - Ptasinski 1
 American - Reed, Shoof

EASTON, Pa.  – A dominant second half on both ends of the floor helped Lafayette erase a six-point halftime deficit in a 74-62 victory over League-leading American on Saturday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center.

Dan Trist registered his second-career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds on an 8-for-10 effort from the floor, while Seth Hinrichs added 18 points. As a team, Lafayette (8-17, 4-10) connected on a season-high 60 percent from the field and outrebounded American 27-22. Joey Ptasinski joined Trist and Hinrichs in double figures and Bryce Scott and Zach Rufer each added nine.

The Leopards limited American to 38.5 percent shooting (10-of-26) in the second half and hit on 72.7 percent (16-of-22) on the offensive end and Lafayette’s 19-4 second half run helped it take the lead for good.

A Jesse Reed (13 points) three-pointer had American (15-10, 11-3) up 18-11 midway through the first half, before the Leopards stormed ahead with eight straight points. Four straight by Scott, a Hinrichs jumper and Ptasinski’s steal and layup gave Lafayette the 19-18 edge with six minutes to play in the opening half.

American responded with six straight points, four from Tony Wroblicky (13 points), and led by four (24-20) after a Michael Hoffman free throw two minutes later. Another Reed three put American up 31-22 and completed a 13- 3 run before Nathaniel Musters and Darius Gardner traded layups. Ptasinski’s three as the half ended narrowed the deficit to 33-27 at intermission. American, which came into the game shooting better than 50 percent from the floor, went 12-of-22 in the first half (54.5 percent).

Hinrichs picked up where Ptasinski left off the start the second half, hitting a three to spark a 7-0 run to begin the period. Lafayette took a brief lead at 34-33 before Reed’s three-point play and a John Schoof (nine points) triple sandwiched around a Ptasinski jumper put AU in front 39-35.

From there, Lafayette ripped off 12 straight points, started by consecutive buckets by Trist. An offensive rebound led to a wide open triple by Ptasinski, then Trist scored off the glass and Lindner’s driving layup plus a foul punctuated the 12-0 spurt.

Another Schoof three pulled American back within six (48-42), before Rufer took over and scored seven of the next eight points to put Lafayette ahead 55-43. A corner three by the sophomore guard got things started prior to an elbow pullup and baseline floater finding the bottom of the net to polish off the 19-4 spurt.

Trailing by 12, American’s Charlie Jones hit a pair of threes surrounding two Hinrichs free throws. Each team scored inside, then Reed’s block led to an easy two on the other end as American trimmed the deficit to six (59-53) with four minutes to play.

Needing an answer, Nick Lindner delivered a wing three to push it back to nine, but Schoof drained one of his own on the other end. Up six at that point, Scott converted a layup plus a foul, then Lafayette got a stop and Trist put the game away with a three-point play of his own with less than 90 seconds to play.

Lafayette hits the road on Wednesday evening when it travels to Holy Cross for a 7 p.m. tip. Fans can watch the game online on the Patriot League Network.

Game Notes:

Trist led Lafayette in points, rebounds and assists. The last time a Lafayette player led the team in all three categories was Jared Mintz on Jan. 23, 2011 against Lehigh.

Lafayette used its 13th different starting lineup of the season.

Prior to the game, senior guards Jack Detmer and Les Smith were honored along with senior managers Morgan Loeffler and Robert Young as part of Senior Day.