Lafayette Advances to Patriot League Championship
March 9, 2013
Tony Johnson led four Lafayette players in double-figures with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Seth Hinrichs poured in 18, Dan Trist scored 13 and Bryce Scott netted 12 on a 10-of-10 effort at the line. Led by Johnson's eight boards, Lafayette held a plus-ten margin on the glass (35-25) and improved to 11-2 on the year when outrebounding its opponents.
Lafayette moves on to the Patriot League Championship game against No. 1 seed Bucknell, while Lehigh ends its season with a 21-9 overall mark. The win improved the Leopards to 19-14 overall and completed a three-game sweep of Lehigh for the first time since 2000.
Lehigh opened the game with a quick 7-0 spurt, but Lafayette (19-14) got things going with a layup by Trist and battled back to tie the score at 13 on Trist's foul line jumper. From there, Lafayette scored five of the next six on a tough move inside by Trist and a Johnson corner three to complete an 11-1 run and put Lafayette up 18-14 as Lehigh called timeout at 9:28.
Lafayette started the half 0-for-5 from the field, but then drained 11 of its next 12 shots to take a 26-17 lead after a mini 8-0 run. The spurt included a layup by Johnson, a three by Joey Ptasinski (nine points) and a left-handed driving layup by Hinrichs plus a foul.
Following a transition layup from Alan Flannigan from a long bounce pass by Johnson, Lafayette took its largest lead of the half on a Ptasinski triple when Flannigan kept the possession alive with an offensive rebound. At that point, the Leopards held a 31-21 lead before Lehigh scored the next five on a trey by Corey Schaefer and a fastbreak layup by Gabe Knutson. The Mountain Hawks finished the period on a 12-4 run and went into the break trailing 35-33 as each team shot better than 50 percent from the field.
Lehigh finished the run at 14-4 and tied the score at 35-35 when Holden Greiner (16 points) scooped up a loose ball in the lane and converted the layup. Seven straight from the Leopards made it 42-35 after Johnson set up Hinrichs for three on the break and then Trist underneath for two.
Lehigh quickly pulled within two, but Lafayette came back with seven in a row, punctuated by a wide open Ptasinski trey to force another Lehigh timeout less than five minutes in. After the stoppage, the Leopards added three more when Ptasinski made the extra pass into the corner for a wide open trifecta by Johnson to put Lafayette up 52-40.
More than a dozen former Lafayette basketball players were in attendance, incouding Brian Ehlers '00 and Ted Detmer '08.
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