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Men's Basketball Outshoots Lehigh

Feb. 23, 2014

10-17, 6-10

  1 2 Final
Lehigh 34 37 71
36 41 77

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14-15, 7-9

 Stat Comparison LU LC
 Points 71 77
 FG Made-Attempted 26-52 26-56
 FG Percentage 50.0 46.4
 3P Made/Attempted 9-17 10-15
 3P Percentage 52.9 66.7
 FT Made-Attempted 10-13 15-21
 FT Percentage 76.9 71.4
 Rebounds 29 34
 Turnovers 15 8

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 Lafayette - Ptasinski
 Lehigh - Kempton 20
 Lafayette - Hinrichs 13
 Lehigh - Kempton
 Lafayette - Lindner 5
 Lehigh - Schaefer
 Lafayette - Ptasinski 2
 Lehigh - Kempton
 Lafayette - Scott 1
 Lehigh - Chuku

EASTON, Pa.  - The Lafayette men's basketball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 77-71 victory over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center. Joey Ptasinski matched his career-high with 23 points in the win.

Ptasinski led four Leopards in double-figures with a season-high 23 points. Bryce Scott finished with 16 points, while Nick Lindner and Dan Trist finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Seth Hinrichs grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for Lafayette who improved to 6-10 in Patriot League play. Tim Kempton powered Lehigh with 20 points and 13 rebounds and Mackey McKnight added 15 points for the Mountain Hawks.

In an early 11-10 hole after Jesse Chuku's lay-in, Lafayette (10-17, 6-10) regained the lead on Nathaniel Musters' elbow jumper off a screen-and-roll. A bucket by Hinrichs made it 14-11, before Ptasinki's second three of the afternoon put the Leopards up six.

Lehigh (14-15, 7-9) answered with nine of the next 11 points on a three by Chuku and back-to-back treys from Stefan Cvrkalj to regain a one-point lead (20-19).

Neither team led by more than two until consecutive baskets by Austin Price, a layup followed by a transition three, helped the Mountain Hawks take a 31-26 advantage with four minutes remaining the first half.

Lafayette trailed 34-29 when Cvrkalj nailed his third triple, but responded with seven straight points to close the half with a 36-34 edge. Michael Hoffman started the run with a three-pointer, Lindner used a crossover on McKnight to get to the rim for two and Scott's runner went down with five seconds left in the period.

Hinrichs pulled down 10 of Lafayette's 20 rebounds before intermission, while Lehigh had 14 as a team. The Leopards forced six turnovers and gave it away three times in a half that featured six ties and nine lead changes.

Five straight points for the visitors had them up 39-36 to begin the second half, but Lafayette came back with a jumper by Scott and a Ptasinski layup to take the lead. McKnight's layup on the other end put the game on the seesaw briefly, prior to Ptasinski rattling home a straightaway three and a putback from Trist forced Lehigh to call timeout down 45-41. Lindner's layup pushed the lead to six and completed an 18-7 run for the Maroon and White going back to the end of the first half.

The Leopards held the lead at 51-49 after Price's fastbreak dunk at 11:27. Price went down hard on the play, which led to a lengthy stoppage. Out of the timeout, Lafayette scored eight consecutive points, including threes by Scott and Ptasinski to force another Mountain Hawks timeout with 9:44 to play.

Facing a 10-point deficit, Lehigh cut the lead in half on a jumper by Kempton and Shane Whitfield's three-point play. Scott and McKnight traded threes, Kempton made a free throw and Ptasinski fifth three of the game had Lafayette up 65-58 with six minutes left.

Lehigh refused to go away. Another three-point play by Whitfield pulled the Mountain Hawks within four. With 3:15 to play, Ptainski's drive and dish set up a Trist reverse layup to extend the lead to 67-61. On the ensuing Lehigh possession, Zach Rufer stepped in to take a charge on Kempton and Lafayette took over.

Holding a six-point cushion, Lafayette collected three straight offensive rebounds to retain possession. A lane violation on Lindner's free throw with 1:15 left set up McKnight's driving layup six seconds later. Lehigh extended the game by fouling and Lindner's pair with 1:06 to play had the lead back to six, before Kempton's tip in made it 69-65 with 56.8 to play.

Ptasinski extended the Leopards' lead to six, sinking a pair of free throws with 52 seconds left. On Lehigh's next possession, Kempton finished inside and completed the three-point play to make it 71-68 with 0:42 seconds on the clock. The Mountain Hawks were forced to foul again, and Ptasinski calmly drained both shots from the stripe.

McKnight connected from three with 20.7 seconds remaining to pull Lehigh within two, 73-71. Hinrichs was immediately fouled on the inbounds pass and knocked down two more free throws for the Leopards. On the Mountain Hawks next possession, McKnight could not connect from deep and Ptasinski pulled down the rebound. Lehigh fouled right away and Ptasinski sealed the 77-71 win with two more free throws.

Lafayette is back in action on Wednesday night when the Leopards visit Colgate at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on the Patriot League Network.

Game Notes:

Freshman Monty Boykins did not play due to a right wrist injury. Junior Alan Flannigan missed the game with food poisoning.

Joey Ptasinski moved into fifth place on the all-time three-pointers list, passing Tim Bieg '01. Ptasinski has 169 career threes.

Lafayette made 10 threes for the second consecutive game and the seventh time this season.

The Leopards are now 15-2 over the last four years and 3-0 this season when winning the rebounding (+5) and turnover (+7) battle.