Men's Basketball Opens Patriot League Tournament at Loyola
March 3, 2014
Lafayette opens the Patriot League Tournament on the road at Loyola and will look to win its fifth straight postseason opener on Monday night at Reitz Arena. The two teams split the regular season meetings, with each side winning on its home court.
Seth Hinrichs (Third Team) and Nick Lindner (All-Rookie) were honored with places on the All-Patriot League teams.
Lindner was also recognized as the conference’s Rookie of the Week after averaging 20 points and five assists in Lafayette’s last two regular season games.
Since returning to the starting lineup on February 1, Seth Hinrichs is second on the team in scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) and the Leopards are 6-3. Hinrichs scored a team-high 19 points in the regular-season finale at Army.
Lafayette is tied for eighth in the country in three-point shooting percentage at 39.9 percent. Creighton is the national leader at 42.1 percent.
Sophomore guard Zach Rufer is 4-of-5 from the floor in two games against Loyola, including a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc.
Seth Hinrichs missed the first meetings between the two teams and scored 13 points in the Leopards’ 61-44 win. Dan Trist was the only other Lafayette player to average double-figures against Loyola with 11.5 ppg.
Lafayette improved to 3-0 on the season when winning the rebounding and turnover battle following its victory over Lehigh. The Leopards were plus-five in rebounding and plus-seven in turnovers against the Mountain Hawks. Loyola held a 72-51 rebounding advantage in the two regular season meetings, but Lafayette was plus-seven in turnovers against the Greyhounds (30-23).
Lafayette is 6-3 on the season when Nick Lindner, Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski are all in the starting lineup.
Joey Ptasinski and Seth Hinrichs are climbing the all-time list for three-point field goals. Ptasinski is alone in fifth all-time with 171 career threes, while Hinrichs is 10th at 153 treys. Bryce Scott recently cracked the top 25 with 84 career threes