No. 6 Lafayette Takes on No. 2 American
March 3, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette travels to Washington, D.C. to face American in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinal round. The Leopards are certainly facing an uphill battle, having lost 14 straight to the Eagles who come in to the game at 22-8.
If Lafayette were to beat American on Sunday, it would advance to the Patriot League Tournament title game for the second time in two seasons, facing the winner of No. 1 seed Bucknell and No. 4 seed Lehigh on March 11 at 4:45 p.m.
Pressed to be more aggressive by the coaching staff and his teammates, sophomore Tony Johnson has widened his offensive influence in the last five games. Johnson, who was averaging 7.3 ppg through the first 25 games, is contributing 13.2 ppg over the last five. That includes a career-high 29 points against American (2/26) when he shot 9-of-13 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the line. He also dished out six assists to two turnovers with two steals. In the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal, Johnson put in 10 points, while doling out four assists to go along with a career-high four steals.
Junior forward Ryan Willen needs 15 points to become the 37th player in Lafayette history to score 1,000 career points.
The No. 2 seed Eagles are coming off a 69-53 win over Colgate on Wednesday in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal. The Eagles finished with a 10-3 mark in conference play. American's only conference losses came to Bucknell (75-60 and 66-60) and Navy (72-53 on Jan. 26).
Offensively, American is led by George Mason senior transfer Vlad Moldoveanu. An All-Patriot League selection, Moldoveanu is averaging 20.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg. He is coming off 31-point game vs. Colgate and is averaging 30 points per game over the last three outings. Joining him at forward is junior Stephen Lumpkins (13.3 ppg), the team's leading rebounder at 8.1 rpg.
In the backcourt, senior guard Nick Hendra is contributing 7.5 points and 3.7 assists per game while junior transfer (Georgia) Troy Brewer is averaging 11.5 ppg. He had 28 in the last meeting. Senior Steve Luptak (2.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg) also has started every game. Junior Simon McCormack (2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg), junior transfer (Vanderbilt) Charles Hinkle (4.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg), and sophomore Daniel Munoz (3.1 ppg, 1.3 apg) all have played key roles in the American backcourt.
Lafayette's Athletic Ticket Office will begin taking orders for its allotment of tickets for the 2011 Patriot League men's basketball tournament semifinal round game being hosted by American on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursday, March 3 at noon to Lafayette students, season ticket holders, faculty and staff.
All Leopard fans are encouraged to wear MAROON to the game. Official Leopard MAROON gear can be purchased through the Lafayette College Store, located in the College's Farinon Center or online through the College Store's website.
As directed by the Patriot League, ticket prices for the 5 p.m. contest on Sunday, March 6 are $12 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students with valid I.D. There are no complimentary tickets and coupons or other offers are not valid for Patriot League Tournament contests.
In addition, the Lafayette Athletic Ticket Office is taking orders for a fan bus. Departing at noon Sunday, the fan bus - ticket combo is just $30, first-come, first-serve with priced based on full capacity.
Ticket orders can be placed at the ticket office in Kirby Sports Center, or by contacting the ticket office via phone (610-330-5471) or email (email@example.com). Lafayette's ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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