Lafayette Set for Rivalry Matchup with Lehigh
Feb. 22, 2013
The Leopards improved to 14-14 overall and 7-4 in Patriot League play with a 79-76 win at Holy Cross.
Tony Johnson scored 20 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to give Lafayette its only lead of the night.
Seth Hinrichs (14.7 ppg) leads the team in scoring and has seven 20-point games this season. Hinrichs has scored in double figures in nine straight, 17 of Lafayette’s last 18 games and 24 times overall.
Dan Trist returned to Lafayette’s starting lineup against Holy Cross after missing two games with a right ankle injury and scored 13 points in 18 minutes.
Johnson needs four assists to tie Andrew Brown ’09 (354 career) for seventh all-time at Lafayette.
Johnson’s three steals against Holy Cross moved him past Otis Ellis ’89 and into fifth on Lafayette’s all-time steals list with 153. He needs three to tie Brian Ehlers ’00, who occupies fourth all-time.
Levi Giese (100 career blocked shots) became the fourth player in program history to reach the century mark in rejections with one against Army.
Johnson leads the conference in shooting (53.0 percent), is first in assist-to turnover ratio (2.2) and leads the League in steals (2.1 spg).
Under Fran O’Hanlon, the Leopards are 119-118 in conference regular-season play and 21-17 against Lehigh.
Lafayette holds a 137-78 edge in the all-time series, including a 78-26 mark in Easton, Pa.
Holy Cross became the fourth team since the 1997-98 season to lose a game after shooting 67.4 percent from the floor. NCAA teams are 238-4 when hitting 67.4 percent or better during that time.