Jan. 10, 2014
Lafayette hosts Boston University in the first ever Patriot League meeting between the two schools. The Leopards are in search of their first Patriot League victory and look to snap a five-game losing streak.
Lafayette has never started Patriot League play 0-4 under head coach Fran O’Hanlon.
Lafayette is 2-4 at home this season, while Boston University brings a 4-3 road mark into Kirby Sports Center. Saturday’s game marks the third consecutive weekend that BU has played in Pennsylvania (St. Joseph’s/Lehigh).
Lafayette has played Boston University six times and has a 4-2 record against the Terriers. The two sides have only met once in Easton, Pa., a 104-89 win for the Leopards on Feb. 4, 1972. Lafayette has won three straight in the series.
Dan Trist has scored in double figures in nine games this season. Trist is third on the team with 12.9 points and leads the squad with 6.1 rebounds per night. His 21 points against Bucknell gave him his third-career 20-point game.
Lafayette dropped to 0-5 on the year when scoring less than 72 points after its 79-71 defeat at Navy. On the other side, BU is 9-1 when holding its opponents to less than 72 points.
Lafayette’s 74.9 points per game scoring average ranks second in the Patriot League behind Army (75.6 ppg). BU is tied for fifth in the conference at 70.2 points per game.
Sophomore Ben Freeland has seen his minutes increase over Lafayette’s last five games. The 6-9 forward has averaged 14.8 minutes off the bench, while scoring 3.4 points and pulling down 3.4 rebounds per outing.