Lehigh Handles Leopards
Feb. 18, 2012
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh opened the game on a 7-2 run and controlled the game throughout, claiming a 72-53 victory on Saturday at Stabler Arena. C.J. McCollum netted a game-high 22 points for the home team.
Trailing 22-10 at the 11:26 mark of the first half, Lafayette scored seven straight points to begin an 11-3 stretch. The run pulled Lafayette within four (25-21) at 8:16 and was sparked by Rob Delaney's three-pointer. A Seth Hinrichs' steal led to a Johnson jumper and then a Dan Trist layup on the next possession. Lehigh's (21-7, 9-3) McCollum made a jumper at 9:48 and Justin Maneri made one at the line prior to another Johnson bucket and pair of free throws capped the run.
Another Trist lay-in drew Lafayette within three (31-28) with 2:18 to play in the opening stanza, but Lehigh scored the last seven points of the half and took a 38-28 lead into the locker room.
The Mountain Hawks extended their lead to 16 on John Adams' basket at 14:23 before Lafayette scored five straight to force Lehigh to call timeout with 11:42 to play. After the timeout, Lehigh regained a 16-point lead on McCollum's jumper at 9:04. Adams scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds while Gabe Knutson scored 10 and grabbed seven boards.
Lafayette returns to the hardwood on Wednesday when it hosts Colgate at Kirby Sports Center at 7 p.m. The game is the final regular season home game of the season.
Lafayette was held to its lowest point total in a loss this season.
Jack Detmer scored the first points of his career, hitting a pair of free throws late in the second half.
Rob Dill '04, Lafayette's all-time leading shot blocker, was in attendance.