Second Half Domination

Go Leopards! Lafayette defeats NJIT 69-52 and goes 3-1
Lafayette defeats NJIT 69-52 and goes 3-1
NEWARK, N.J. - The Lafayette men's basketball team won its second straight road game on Saturday night. The Leopards out-scored NJIT 35-18 in the second half at Fleisher Athletic Center, winning 69-52 behind 19 points from Jared Mintz.

Coming off a 24-point night at St. Francis, Mintz was 8-of-10 from the floor and grabbed five boards. Sophomore Jim Mower came off the bench to score 14 while Darion Benbow grabbed 10 boards.

The first half featured six ties, including intermission when the teams were knotted at 34-34. Lafayette (3-1) went into the locker room shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from the line, compared to the Highlanders (1-2) 42.4 percent from the field and 50 from the line. NJIT's Wilson scored 12 of the Highlanders' 34 points before halftime.

Seconds into the start of the second half, Mintz's lay-up gave the Leopards the lead and they never looked back. The Leopards led by as many as 19 points in the second half pulling away with a 14-4 run that started when Mower made a three at the 7:20 mark.

Lafayette spread the ball around, dishing out 16 assists on 28 buckets. The defense had eight steals, including three by Michael Gruner, and also blocked four shots.

The Leopards shot above 50 percent for the second straight game, hitting 55 percent from the floor, while shooting a season-low 50 percent from the line.

Lafayette will host its second doubleheader of the season when the Leopards welcome Hartford on Tuesday night for an 8:30 p.m. tip off.



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