Lafayette and Bucknell Clash in Tournament Final
March 12, 2013
Tony Johnson (First Team), Seth Hinrichs (Second Team) and Bryce Scott (All-Rookie) highlighted Lafayette's All-Patriot League performers. Johnson and Scott were both unanimous selections.
The Leopards improved to 19-14 overall with an 82-69 victory over rival Lehigh in the Patriot League semifinal.
Johnson scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out five assists to lead Lafayette in its third straight win over the Mountain Hawks. Lafayette held a plus-ten margin on the glass (35-25) and improved to 11-2 on the year when outrebounding its opponent.
The win advances Lafayette to the Patriot League Tournament Final for the third time in the last four years.
Lafayette is 0-14 all-time at Sojka Pavilion, 3-8 on the road in the Patriot League Tournament and 2-3 in championship games.
Lafayette has won seven straight games for the first time since the start of the 2004 Patriot League regular season.
Johnson has eight straight double-digit scoring games and is averaging 21.1 points and shooting 64.2 percent (52-of-81) during Lafayette's seven-game winning streak.
Lafayette is 10-0 this season when holding its opponents to less than 65 points. In addition, the Leopards are 14-3 when scoring 69 points or more.
Hinrichs (14.7 ppg) leads the team in scoring and has eight 20-point games this season.
Johnson leads the conference in shooting (55.7 percent), is first in assist-to turnover ratio (2.1) and leads the League in steals (1.9 spg).
Johnson had one steal against Lehigh to increase his career total to 159. He is two shy of tying Justin DeBerry '04, who occupies third all-time.
Johnson's 64 steals this season leads the Patriot League and places him at 34th in the nation.
Levi Giese blocked three shots against Holy Cross to move within one rejection of third on the all-time list (107).