EASTON, Pa. - Bryce Scott's three-pointer with two seconds left lifted Lafayette to its third straight win at home as the Leopards edged Sacred Heart, 72-70, on Sunday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center.
Scott's three helped improve the Leopards to 4-8, just two days after losing on a tip-in at the buzzer at Fairleigh Dickinson. The game-winning play started with Tony Johnson'spenetration and kickout to the corner for the freshman who used a shot fake before hosting the decisive attempt. It was Johnson's seventh assist of the afternoon to go along with eight points while Scott finished with six points and four rebounds.
With the score tied 2-2, Lafayette strung together a 16-0 run as the Leopards forced Sacred Heart into six turnovers in the first seven minutes. Johnson picked up three of his assists during the stretch, including a feed to Levi Giese in transition that Giese took down the center of the lane and slammed with one hand. Ptasinski scored six points during the stretch, which ended with his two-handed breakaway dunk.
The Pioneers, led by Steve Glowiak's 14 first-half points, battled back into the game and trailed 34-31 at the break after Sacred Heart put together a 16-4 run over an eight-minute stretch to end the half before Giese drained a corner three as time expired to give Lafayette the halftime lead.
Early in the second half, Sacred Heart used an 11-4 run to tie the game at 44 on Shane Gibson's three-pointer from the right wing at 15:48. Flannigan scored the next seven points for Lafayette, including a lay-in plus a foul to put Lafayette ahead 51-48 with 11:35 remaining. Flanningan's free throw after the foul gave him a new career high with 11.
Two minutes later, Sacred Heart took its first lead of the afternoon at 56-53 when Phil Gaetano buried an open three from the right side. Another Gibson triple from the top of the key extended SHU's advantage to 62-59 at 7:32. After Gibson's transition lay-in, Ptasinski found Hinrichs for a straightaway three to tie the score at 64-64. Prior to Gibson's ninth field goal (10-of-18, 5-of-9 from three) of the period, Johnson and Hinrichs each knocked down two from the line for Lafayette.
Trist broke the tie with two from the stripe at 3:26 prior to Gibson hitting again from three to regain the lead for Sacred Heart. A free throw extended the lead to 68-66 before Lafayette called timeout with 1:45 to play. After the stoppage, Johnson set up a Hinrichs three from the top of the key that made it 69-68.
A miss by Gibson was rebounded by Louis Montes and put back with 22 seconds remaining to put Sacred Heart up by one. Lafayette used a timeout to set up its final play with 14 seconds left. Johnson's penetration set the stage for Scott, who pump faked Gibson and released the wing three that dropped. Gibson's half-court three rimmed out on the other end as time expired.
Lafayette will have a nine-day break for finals before hosting Arcadia on Dec. 18. Opening tip from Kirby Sports Center is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Lafayette was 14-of-16 (88%) from the line while Sacred Heart made just 2-of-10 (20%).
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