Mower's Career Night Shoots Leopards Past Fairleigh Dickinson
Nov. 22, 2011
EASTON, Pa. -
A dominating second-half performance led by senior guard Jim Mower's career-high 37 points propelled Lafayette to an 85-74 comeback victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center.
The Leopards (3-2) erased a seven-point halftime deficit, outscoring FDU 50-32 over the final 20 minutes. Mower scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half, setting the school record with 10 three-pointers and scoring his 1,000th career point.
Back to back buckets from Ryan Willen gave Lafayette its largest lead of the opening half, and the Leopards led 21-17 with 8:43 on the clock. Trailing by four, the Knights used a 13-0 spurt to take a 30-21 lead with 3:57 to play. During that stretch, Melquan Bolding scored six of his 18 first-half points, including a fastbreak layup to end the run and force a Lafayette timeout. Seth Hinrichs hit a layup to stop the bleeding following the stoppage and FDU took a 42-35 lead into the break.
Lafayette scored on its first three possessions of the second stanza, with two trifectas from Mower and a Hinrichs driving lay-in, cutting the deficit to 44-43. Seven straight points from FDU, including another Bolding triple, put the Knights up 51-43 with 16:13 to play. Mower answered with two more three-pointers, the second of which made him the 38th player in Lafayette history to score more than 1,000 points in a career.
Sparked by Mower's consecutive left wing threes, Lafayette went on a 30-6 run over an 8:59 span, ending on Mower's ninth three-pointer with 7:14 to play. Mower scored 17 of Lafayette's 30 points during that stretch and that basket put Lafayette ahead 73-57 and gave the Leopards a 16-point advantage, its largest of the contest. Fairleigh Dickinson cut the Leopards' lead to 10, but Mower drained another trey to set the record previously held by Andrew Brown '09. Mower finished 12-for-16 from the field and 10-for-13 from beyond the arc in 39 minutes.
Nick Petkovich scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the game, his first career-double. He also set a career-high with four rejections. Also scoring in double figures was Willen, who added 17 points and five assists. Rob Delaney scored nine points and dished out six assists.
For Fairleigh Dickinson (1-3), Bolding finished with 33 points and seven rebounds. Lonnie Hayes contributed 19 and George Goode had 10 in the loss.
Lafayette hits the road in its next contest, traveling to Delaware on Nov. 26 for a 2 p.m. meeting with the Blue Hens.
Freshman Alan Flannigan made his collegiate debut in the game, playing 11 minutes.
With his 37 point effort, Mower now has 1,018 career points, placing him in 37th all-time.