2009-10 Men's Basketball Slate Announced
Sept. 3, 2009
EASTON, Pa. - Matchups with Georgetown and La Salle and traditional foes Penn and Princeton highlight the 2009-10 Lafayette men's basketball slate. In addition to games against Big East and Atlantic 10 opponents, the Leopards will play three games against Ivy League squads and four Northeast Conference schools.
For the fourth straight season, Lafayette opens with Wagner, tipping off at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards are 2-1 in recent meetings, with neither team managing a win on its home court. The game marks the first of three doubleheaders with the Lafayette women's team which will host St. Peter's at 8:30 p.m.
Lafayette will play two more NEC opponents in its first three games, traveling to Sacred Heart on Nov. 15 and St. Francis (Pa.) four days later. Continuing in November, the team will face Hartford where Lafayette alum Drew Dawson is the top assistant coach. That game is also a doubleheader with the men's game slated for 8:30 p.m.
The toughest test of the young season will come at Georgetown on Nov. 28 in a game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Georgetown made a postseason appearance in the 2009 NIT and rose as high as No. 11 in the national rankings.
After hosting St. Peter's in the final doubleheader of the 2009-10 season on Nov. 30, Lafayette opens the month of December by venturing to Philadelphia to face La Salle. Lafayette last played the Explorers in 2003-04 as part of a home-and-home series. The Leopards claimed an 83-63 win to avenge a 70-66 loss in 2002-03. The two teams have played three times since 2000 including a matchup at the Cal-Berkeley Tournament on Dec. 29, 2000.
Matchups with Fairleigh Dickinson (12/9) and Long Island (12/12) close out the slate before final exams. The Leopards emerge 10 days later, traveling to St. Francis (N.Y.) on the 22nd and Delaware on the 29th. Lafayette and Delaware, former East Coast Conference foes, last met in 1998-99 in a tournament played in Albany, N.Y. The Blue Hens are scheduled to return the game next season.
Lafayette will play two final non-conference games against Ivy Leaguers to open 2010. Penn comes to Kirby Sports Center on Jan. 3 and Columbia visits three days later.
Patriot League play gets underway on Jan. 9 with Lafayette hosting Holy Cross and first-year head coach Sean Kearney. Lafayette travels to Lehigh on a Saturday, Jan. 23 for a 7 p.m. game at Stabler Arena. Home games with Army and reigning champ American close out the first round of play on Jan. 27 and 30. The second go-round of Patriot play commences on Feb. 6 at Holy Cross and culminates on Feb. 27 at American. The Patriot League Tournament will be held March 3 (quarterfinals at top four seeds), 7 (semifinals at top two seeds) and 12 (final at highest remaining seed).