Men's Basketball Tops Wagner in Staten Island
Dec. 3, 2013
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Lafayette held a seven-point halftime lead it never relinquished and earned its first road win of the season with a 77-65 triumph on Tuesday night at Spiro Sports Center. Four players scored in double figures as the Leopards earned their second straight victory.
Wagner trimmed the deficit to eight points on Harris' pull-up jumper in the lane, but Lafayette scored the next seven points, including another Ptasinski trey, and Wagner called timeout after Hinrichs fed Scott in transition to set up a left-handed layup. Lafayette led 34-20 with 5:11 to play before halftime.
The Seahawks put in eight of the next 10 points to pull within eight (36-28) over the next three minutes and trailed at the break 40-33 after a deep three by Harris as time was expiring. He scored 14 points in the period.
Harris continued his hot shooting from beyond the arc as Wagner got within four (45-41) early in the second half. Baskets inside by Scott following good ball movement and a bucket by Trist doubled Lafayette's lead five minutes into the half (49-41).
Leading by that margin, Trist followed a Hinrichs miss and absorbed the contact on a three-point play that sent Lafayette back ahead by double digits. Hinrichs then hit the offensive glass and got an easy two as Lafayette led 54-41 after eight straight points.
Wagner added the next four points, but Scott buried a three with the shot clock about to expire and then Ptasinski's steal led to an easy two for Scott as Lafayette went up 59-45 and matched its largest lead (14) with seven minutes to play.
Leading 62-54, Scott was fouled and made both free throws with four minutes showing. An empty possession for Wagner allowed Lafayette to run the clock down with under three minutes to play. Ptasinski's three missed but Flannigan tapped it out for a fresh 35.
Lafayette continues its two-game road trip on Saturday against Sacred Heart. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and can be seen live on NEC Front Row.
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