Men's Basketball Hosts Robert Morris in Home Opener
Nov. 11, 2013
The Leopards return to College Hill to take on Robert Morris in the 2013-14 home opener following a 75-59 loss to Villanova on Friday night. Lafayette has a five-game winning streak at Kirby Sports Center.
Three players scored in double figures in the loss to the Wildcats. Seth Hinrichs led the way with 15 points and Joey Ptasinski scored 13 off the bench.
Nick Lindner dished out seven assists in his debut - the most for a Lafayette freshman under Fran O’Hanlon in a season-opening game. Lindner was the first rookie point guard to start a season at that position since Tim Bieg ’01 did it in 1997.
Lafayette takes on the first of four opponents from the Northeast Conference tonight against the Colonials. The Leopards will play Wagner, Sacred Heart, and St. Francis Brooklyn all on the road in December. Lafayette is 27-18 all-time against current Northeast Conference members.
The all-time winningest coach in Lafayette and Patriot League history and longest-tenured coach in the conference, Fran O’Hanlon (Villanova, ’70) is in his 19th season as the Leopards’ head coach.
Lafayette played in two scrimmages to gear up for the 2013-14 season, a home test against Columbia and a neutral-site match-up with Hartford.
Lafayette was picked to finish second in the Patriot League’s Preseason Poll behind new Patriot League member Boston University. The Terriers were a unanimous pick to finish at the top of the League, while Army was picked third and defending champion Bucknell was fourth.
Senior Jack Detmer and junior Seth Hinrichs will serve as team captains for the 2013-14 season.
All 10 Patriot League teams have opened their seasons. For the full Patriot League men's basketball notes click here.