Lafayette Hosts Defending NEC Champ LIU-Brooklyn
Nov. 12, 2012
Tonight’s game is the first of four for Lafayette as part of the 2012 Barclays Center Classic.
Lafayette takes on the second of six Northeast Conference opponents tonight against LIU-Brooklyn and plays the Blackbirds for the first of two scheduled meetings in 2012-13.
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 18th season as the Leopards’ head coach. O’Hanlon coached his 500th career game against St. Francis (N.Y.) to open the season.
With the victory at Colgate (1/25/12), head coach Fran O’Hanlon became the Patriot League’s all- time winningest coach with 235 career wins. O’Hanlon now holds the Patriot League record for wins in addition to owning the overall (499) and league (228) games coached marks.
Fran O’Hanlon’s 2012-13 squad is one of 10 NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams with multiple Australian-born teammates.Sophomore DanTrist (Sydney) and freshman Nathaniel Musters (Padstow) each hail from Australia.
Lafayette was 1-18 when its opponent shot a better percentage from floor in 2011-12. In Saturday's season-opening loss, Lafayette was outshot by St. Francis N.Y.
With the addition of Californian’s Ben Freeland and Bryce Scott, Lafayette now has four natives of the Golden State on its roster.The two freshmen join senior Tony Johnson and junior Les Smith.
Lafayette was picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League’s Preseason Poll behind Lehigh, Bucknell and American. Holy Cross was also chosen to finish fourth, while Army, Colgate and Navy rounded out the list.
Lafayette’s two seniors, Tony Johnson and Levi Giese, will serve as team captains in 2012-13.