Hinrichs' 28 Points Leads Lafayette Past Penn
Nov. 30, 2013
Easton, Pa. - The Lafayette's men's basketball program earned its first win of the season, defeating Penn, 79-76, on Saturday afternoon inside the Kirby Sports Center Arena.
The Leopards made three-of-four from the charity stripe within the final minute to perserve the three-point win. Junior Seth Hinrichs lead the way for the Leopards, tying his career-highs in points (28) and three-pointers made (six). Fellow junior Joey Ptasinski added 16 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
The Quakers were paced by Fran Dougherty's 26 points and a game-high nine rebounds and 16 points and four assists from Tony Hicks.
After a quick Penn bucket, Hinrichs knocked down back-to-back threes to give the Leopards an early 6-2 advantage a minute and a half into the game. The spurt increased to 10-0 on baskets by Alan Flannigan and Nathaniel Musters, but the Quakers answered and took a 15-12 lead with 11:58 to play in the opening half.
Trailing 27-21 with five minutes to play in the first half, Ptasinski scored on two straight possessions, followed by a Bryce Scott jumper, to tie the game at 27. The teams exchanged baskets the final five minutes, as Penn went into the break ahead, 38-37.
Penn opened the second half on a 4-0 run, before Hinrichs buried a three to pull the Leopards to within two, 42-40. The Quakers increased their lead to six, 46-40, but Scott answered with another Lafayette three. The Leopards went into the first media timeout of the second half down, 48-43.
A three-point play from Dougherty pushed the Quaker lead to nine, 56-47, with 14 minutes to play in the game. Lafayette answered with an 8-0 run highlighted by Hinrichs' fourth three of the afternoon, slicing the Penn lead to one, 56-55 with 11:44 on the clock. Another Hinrichs trey put the Leopards ahead 58-56.
After a Penn basket, Flannigan found Musters in the lane for an easy two. On the Quakers' next possession, Nick Lindner stole a pass and found a wide open Ptasinski on the wing for three, forcing Penn to burn a timeout, trailing Lafayette, 63-58 with eight and a half minutes to play.
Hicks answered for the Quakers out of the timeout with a three, but Scott buried another one for the Leopards to maintain the five-point edge. On Penn's next possession Hicks connected again from distance, cutting the deficit to two, 66-64.
Hinrichs drilled his sixth three-pointer from the top of the key to push the Lafayette lead to five, 71-66, with 3:43 on the clock. Then, Miles Jackson-Cartwright knocked down a pair of free throws to make it a one-point game, 71-70, at the three minute mark.
Ptasinski countered with his third three of the afternoon on Lafayette's next possession, followed by a baseline jumper from Flannigan on a feed from Lindner to increase the Leopards' cushion to 76-70. Jamal Lewis cut the lead in half with a three-point play in the final minute. Lindner knocked down a pair from the free throw line with 24.9 on the clock to push the Lafayette advantage to 78-73.
Dougherty hit a three with under ten seconds to play to trim the deficit to two, 78-76, but Ptasinski was fouled on the inbounds play and made 1-of-2 from the line to put the Leopards up three with six seconds to go. Penn's Hicks was able to get off a shot from beyond the arc before time expired but his three rattled in-and-out and the Leopards came away with the 79-76 win.
Lafayette returns to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to tip off against Wagner.
It was Hinrichs' fourth straight game with 20 or more points.
Ptasinski grabbed a career-high eight boards.
12 turnovers was a season-low for the Maroon and White.
Starting center Dan Trist did not play due to an injury.