Senior Night on Wednesday
Feb. 14, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
* Lafayette hosts Holy Cross on Wednesday night as the Leopards try to distance themselves from the fifth-place Crusaders in the Patriot League Tournament seeding derby.
* Wednesday is Senior Night and the Lafayette basketball program will honor Rob Delaney, Andy Moore, Jim Mower, J.D. Pelham, Nick Petkovich, Ryan Willenand senior manager Javauhn Caines. As a group, this senior class has appeared in two Patriot League title games while also boasting two 1000-point scorers.
* A 90-78 loss at Bucknell was the Leopards' last outing on Saturday in snowy Lewisburg, Pa. Rob Delaneyscored a career-high 22 points despite playing with the second broken nose of his career and being forced to wear a face shield. Lafayette had no answer for Bucknell's Mike Muscala (24 pts, 7 reb).
* The Leopards committed a season-low five turnovers at Bucknell, but were outrebounded by 17.
* Lafayette (6-4) rests in fourth place in the league standings, sitting behind Bucknell (10-0) and one game back of American (7-3) and Lehigh (7-3). Lafayette stands one game in front of Holy Cross and a win would hand Lafayette the head-to-head tiebreaker were the teams to end up tied in the standings entering the Patriot League Tournament.
* The Leopards are 4-1 in Patriot League road games and 2-3 at home in conference contests.
* With the victory at Colgate (1/25), head coach Fran O'Hanlonbecame the Patriot League's all-time winningest coach with 235 career wins. O'Hanlon passed former Bucknell head man Pat Flannery and now holds the Patriot League record for wins in addition to owning the overall (493) and league (222) games coached marks.
* Ryan Willenhas scored in double figures in 13 straight games and in 22 games this season.
* Tony Johnson'sreturn has meant that Leopards have taken better care of the ball, averaging 10.4 turnovers per game with him as compared to 14.0 turnovers per game without him.
* Lafayette's game at Lehigh on Saturday has been selected for broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
SCOUTING HOLY CROSS: Holy Cross (11-13, 5-5) comes in trailing Lafayette by a game in the conference standings. The Crusaders are coming off a 59-52 win over American in Worcester where they have played exceptionally well. Holy Cross is 8-2 (4-1 in PL play) at home and 2-11 on the road (1-4 in PL play) . Statistically, Holy Cross is the conference's best team in defending the three, allowing opponents 31 percent while shooting 33 percent on their own end.
Senior guard Devin Brown, a 2011 All-League Second-Team selection, leads the team in scoring (14.9 ppg) and has a team-best 48 three's. Redshirt junior R.J. Evans has returned to form after missing the final 21 games of last season due to injury. The 2009 Patriot League Rookie of the Year is averaging 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Freshman Justin Burrell (7.1 ppg) has taken over at point guard and is second in the league with 3.8 assists per game. Burrell had 17 points in a win at Navy on Feb. 8.
Up front, sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (9.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and junior center Phil Beans (6.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg) round out the starting five.
Milan Brown (Howard '93) is in his second season as head coach at Holy Cross where he has a 19-34 record.
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