Men's Hoops Tops Holy Cross for Third Straight Win
Feb. 19, 2014
WORCESTER, Mass. - Lafayette used a 25-10 run over an 11-minute stretch in the second half to take control of the game in a 76-64 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday night at Hart Center. The win was Lafayette's third straight and fifth in its last six games.
Seth Hinrichs registered the 14th 20-point game of his career with his 21-point effort and led four Leopards in double-figures. Nick Lindner poured in 17 points and handed out six assists, while Joey Ptasinski added 16 and Dan Trist scored 10. As a team, Lafayette shot 55.1 percent from the floor on 27-of-49 shooting and hit on 10-of-19 three-point attempts.
Dave Dudzinski had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds as Holy Cross' four-game winning streak came to an end. Anthony Thompson chipped in 13 points for the Crusaders, who finished the night at 37.9 percent (22-of-58) and 5-for-25 from distance.
The largest lead for either side in the opening 10 minutes was Lafayette's 22-17 advantage after Ptasinski drilled the Leopards' sixth three-pointer in seven attempts. Five straight points for the Crusaders on a jumper by Dudzinski and Malcolm Miller's three tied the score at 22, before a 12-4 run had the Leopards ahead 34-26. A deep three by Ptasinski and Hinrichs' three-point play off a backdoor cut and feed from Lindner highlighted the run, along with a pair of fastbreak layups and a foul line jumper by Bryce Scott (seven points).
A pair at the line by Dudzinski and then a putback for the Holy Cross forward trimmed the deficit to four with two minutes to play in the half. Following a miss offensively for Lafayette, Thompson tied the game with a four-point play when he was fouled by Scott and hit the corner three. After the quick 8-0 run for Holy Cross, Lafayette closed the half with the final five points to take a 39-34 lead into recess after shooting 50 percent (14-of-28), including a 7-for-12 effort from beyond the arc. Holy Cross was limited to 38 percent from the floor, but went 11-for-13 at the free throw line in the period.
Leading 43-40 four minutes after halftime, Lindner drilled his third wing three of the night and Hinrichs' tough baseline pullup forced Holy Cross to call timeout with 14:07 to play. Two Malachi Alexander free throws briefly interrupted the run prior to a Trist layup off a bounce pass through the center of the lane by Hinrichs and Scott's elbow jumper. The Leopards led 52-42 at the 12-minute mark.
Lindner's layup completed the 11-2 run and increased Lafayette's lead to 12 points. Holy Cross trimmed the deficit to eight points on three different occasions over the following five minutes, but Lafayette continued to absorb the Crusaders' attempts to close the gap any further. Scott's three-pointer with the shot clock winding down and a little more than seven minutes on the clock regained the double-digit advantage as Lafayette went up 61-50.
Ptasinski connected on an open triple 90 seconds later to push the lead to 14 points and Holy Cross missed on its ensuing possession. After the miss, Hinrichs was fouled and made both free throws in the one-and-one situation and Lafayette held a 66-50 edge. Two more Hinrichs free throws gave Lafayette its largest lead (18 points) with 4:09 to play.
Lafayette returns home to Kirby Sports Center on Sunday for a matchup with Lehigh. Opening tip is scheduled for noon and the game can be seen on the Lafayette Sports Network or online on the Patriot League Network.
Fran O'Hanlon won the 127th Patriot League game of his career. He passed former Bucknell head coach Pat Flannery for the most in conference history.
Lafayette used its 14th different starting lineup of the season.
Freshman Monty Boykins did not play due to a right wrist injury.
Joey Ptasinski moved into sixth place on the all-time three-pointers list, passing Paul Cummins '08 and Brian Ehlers '00. Ptasinski has 164 career threes.
The Leopards have won five straight games at Hart Center.
It was the sixth time this season Lafayette made at least 10 threes.