Leopards Trek Across I-80 to St. Francis
Nov. 13, 2011
Lafayette travels west across Pennsylvania to play St. Francis (Pa.) for only the third time in the program's history. Each team dropped its season opener on Friday night, as the Leopards lost at La Salle, 79-53, and St. Francis lost at VCU, 63-57. The contest is the home opener for the Red Flash, who are searching for their first win against Lafayette.
On Friday at La Salle, three freshmen made their collegiate debuts. Seth Hinrichs earned a starting nod at guard and played 21 minutes for the Leopards. Hinrichs became the first freshman to start a season-opener for Lafayette in more than a decade. The last time a freshman made an appearance in the starting five was the 1997-98 opener at St. John's on Nov. 15. Coach O'Hanlon put Tim Bieg, a point guard, in the lineup against the Red Storm.
Off the bench, Dan Trist played a team-high 35 minutes and scored 12 points. Joey Ptasinski also saw quality minutes against the Explorers, chipping in five points in 23 minutes. Alan Flannigan and Chandler Fraser-Pauls did not dress in the season opener.
St. Francis finished last season with a 9-20 overall record, losing in the NEC quarterfinals to the top-seed Long Island after a 7-11 league mark. The Red Flash return eight letterwinners and three starters and are coached by Don Friday (Lebanon Valley '90) in his fourth season.
Second Team All-NEC selection Umar Shannon returns for his junior season in the backcourt for St. Francis. Shannon poured in 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 35 minutes of action against VCU.
Classmate Chris Johnson will see a majority of the minutes at point guard for the Red Flash and played 30 minutes on Friday evening. Johnson contributed four assists and two steals in the 63-57 loss.
Anthony Ervin, who made 13 starts in 2010-11, also is in his junior season. Ervin was in the starting lineup to open the season and scored eight points while grabbing four rebounds.
Senior Jon Taylor plays in the frontcourt for the experienced Red Flash squad, and will see quality minutes on the front line. Taylor netted seven points and hauled in eight rebounds against VCU.
Second-year player Scott Etherton, a 6-8 forward, rounds out the starters for SFPA.
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