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Leopards Leave Belgium on a High Note

May 28, 2012

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BRUSSELS, Belgium - Lafayette closed out its Belgian adventure with a thrilling 92-89 win over the Under-20 Belgian National Team on Monday. The Leopards finished the 10-day swing with a 3-1 record.

Rob Delaney, Les Smith, Levi Giese, Seth Hinrichs and Dan Trist were warriors, playing all 40 minutes as injuries kept Tony Johnson, Joey Ptasinski and Jack Detmer out of the final game.

Trist led all scorers with 28 points while Delaney and Hinrichs had 19 apiece followed by Smith (17) and Giese (9)

Lafayette led for most of the second half after holding a double-digit lead at halftime. Belgium's steal and a Schwartz dunk at the 35-minute mark cut the Leopards' lead to 84-83.

The teams traded baskets. Smith's step-back jumper put Lafayette up 88-85 with 2:22 to go. Belgium answered to trim the margin to one with two minutes to play. Smith came through again with a driving layup, but a steal and dunk from Wade of the home country brought Belgium within one, 90-89, with 1:10 left.

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The Leopards had the ball with two seconds left on the shot clock and were able to call a timeout. Hinrichs' shot rimmed off, but so did the Belgian player's attempt at the other end. Giese ripped down the rebound and dumped it to Delaney who dribbled out and was fouled.

The super senior converted both free throws with 7.6 seconds left as the Leopards held on for the 92-82 final.

Lafayette will have an early-morning departure on Tuesday from Brussels, returning to campus around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

NOTES: The teams played eight five-minute periods during the game, allowing the Leopards slightly more rest.