Lafayette Drops Road Contest to Monmouth, 65-60
Nov. 26, 2012
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – An early second half run put Monmouth ahead for good as the Hawks held on to defeat Lafayette, 65-60, on Monday evening. Despite combining for 19 turnovers in the last two games, Lafayette was haunted by 27 giveaways in the contest.
Eight of the turnovers were credited to Tony Johnson, who filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and a career-high five steals. Seth Hinrichs also finished with double digits in the scoring column, contributing 15 points to lead the Leopards. On the glass, Lafayette (1-6) outrebounded Monmouth, 39-28, thanks to Johnson and career-highs by Alan Flannigan (8) and Dan Trist (7).
For the Hawks (4-3), Jesse Steele and Andrew Nicholas each tallied 18 points to lead MU offensively.
A Trist offensive rebound and lay-in gave the Leopards a 14-13 lead with 12:44 to play in the first half, prior to each team going scoreless over the next five minutes. Flannigan drilled a corner three with 7:33 showing to finish an 8-2 run for the Leopards, which spanned 7:08 before Nicholas connected on a trey for Monmouth to end the mini-spurt.
Lafayette held a 26-24 edge going into the locker room as the teams combined for 24 turnovers (15 by the Leopards). Flannigan led the ’Pards in the first half with seven points and grabbed six of Lafayette’s 21 rebounds, while MU was held to 12 boards.
Monmouth opened the second half with an 11-4 run to go ahead by six points at the first media timeout. Stephen Spinella scored six of the Hawks’ 11 in the first four minutes after a dunk, layup and two free throws. The Hawks then pushed the advantage to 48-36 by the 10:50 mark of the second half on Steele’s baseline jumper, forcing Lafayette to call timeout. Steele scored eight of his 18 points during that stretch.
After another bucket by MU to cap the run, Lafayette put in 12 of the next 16 to pull within six at 4:50. Johnson’s three started the comeback and he fed Bryce Scott for an easy two after a Leopards’ steal to make it 54-48.
Trailing 57-50, Johnson found Joey Ptasinski for a deep triple at 3:18 to cut the deficit to four, but the Leopards failed to get any closer as Monmouth forced its 27th turnover of the night and Nicholas went in alone for a dunk with 2:33 to play.
Lafayette returns home on Wednesday night when it hosts Delaware. Opening tip from Kirby Sports Center is set for at 7 p.m. will be televised by the Lafayette Sports Network. It can be seen on RCN-4 & 1004 HD, RCN-8 & 608 HD, WBPH-60 and GoLeopards.com.
Lafayette outrebounded its opponent for the first time this season
Flannigan’s nine points set a new career high for the sophomore
Levi Giese blocked three shots for the fourth time this year
Giese ties Craig White ’92 for eighth all-time in career rejections with 63
Johnson moves into 18th in Lafayette history with 109 career steals