Men's Basketball Clashes with Holy Cross
Jan. 22, 2014
Lafayette hosts Holy Cross on Wednesday as the team looks for its first Patriot League win of the season. The Leopards have won four consecutive meetings against the Crusaders, including last season’s 77-54 rout in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal.
In three career games against Holy Cross, sophomore Bryce Scott has averaged 11.7 points per game while handing out 12 assists compared to two turnovers. In last season’s regular season games, Scott scored 16 and 13 points, respectively, before netting six in the postseason win.
Lafayette dipped to 0-6 in Patriot League play following an 66-61 loss to American on Saturday. It is the first time under head coach Fran O’Hanlon that Lafayette has started its conference schedule 0-6.
Junior Joey Ptasinski has scored in double figures in five straight games and freshman Nick Lindner has scored at least 10 points in the Leopards last four contests.
Lafayette is 2-5 at home this season, while Holy Cross holds a 5-7 mark in games played away from Worcester, Mass. Entering Wednesday’s matchup Holy Cross has won two consecutive games, with wins over Lehigh and Army.
Lafayette’s 73.5 points per game scoring average is second in the Patriot League. Holy Cross is fifth in the conference at 70 points per game.
Sophomore Ben Freeland has seen his minutes increase over Lafayette’s last eight games. The 6-9 forward has averaged 13.7 minutes off the bench, while scoring 3.1 points and pulling down 3.3 rebounds per outing. Freeland has started three straight contests.