Lafayette Wins Second Overtime Game of the Season 87-84 Against UMBC
Nov. 20, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Senior forward Matt Betley recorded his first double-double of the season and four other Lafayette players reached double figures as Lafayette snatched a 87-84 overtime win versus UMBC on Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center.
Thirty-three seconds into overtime, Gruner's second three-pointer of the night gave the Leopards (2-2) their first lead of the game, 77-74. UMBC's Darryl Proctor tied the game a minute later with a jumper.
With two and half minutes remaining in overtime, Jared Mintz pulled down an offensive rebound and was fouled. He went to the line and converted both free throws as the Leopards led 79-77. Lafayette shot eight more free throws over the final 1:30 to pull away for the 87-84 victory that avenged an 86-51 loss at UMBC in 2006-07. Kari made the team's final four attempts from the line.
UMBC, which was coming off wins over Richmond and La Salle, led by as many as 11 points in the first half, leaving with its greatest margin at halftime, 37-26. Ray Barbosa and Proctor combined for 24 points in the first.
In the second half, the Retrievers refused to relinquish the lead despite the Leopards' continued pressure. Lafayette cut the margin to a slim two-point advantage eight times in the second half.
Lafayette tied the game 74-74 with 49 seconds remaining following a Mintz offensive rebound and a jumper by Brown. The Leopards got the ball back with 31 seconds left after Marek Koltun blocked Barbosa's layup and got the rebound. Lafayette called a timeout to set up its final play, but an offensive foul turned the ball over. Barbosa had a last-second three-point look that hit the back iron and sent the game to overtime where the Leopards closed out the victory.
Schmidt's 14 points were a career high. For UMBC, Barbosa, a native of Allentown, Pa. led the team with 26 points in 42 minutes. Fellow Lehigh Valley native Jay Greene (Whitehall, Pa.), also made his homecoming, but fouled out with seven points. UMBC's Cavell Johnson finished with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting and led the team with nine rebounds.
Lafayette will host defending NEC champ Central Connecticut State on Sunday at 2 p.m.
In his first start of the 2007-08 season, senior guard Paul Cummins scored nine points for the Leopards.
Freshman Darion Benbow saw his first collegiate action with the Leopards, playing in four minutes against the Retrievers.
Senior Matt Betley grabbed a team and season-high 11 rebounds.
This was the second overtime victory for the Leopards this season, first came in a 76-68 victory at Stony Brook.
Junior guard Andrew Brown went 6-for-6 from the line. He is currently ranked fourth in the Patriot League with a free throw percentage of 88.9.