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1971-72 Men's Basketball Team

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Basketball (Inducted: 2013-14)

1971-72 Men's Basketball Team

The 1971-72 men's basketball team snapped a 15-year postseason tournament appearance drought by earning a bid to National Invitation Tournament. The squad finished the year with a 21-6 record, was coached by Tom Davis, and featured senior co-captain Tracy Tripucka, who is still the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,973 points.

In the first round of the NIT, the Leopards faced Virginia at Madison Square Garden. The game went down to the wire. Senior co-captain Jay Mottola sunk a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to seal the win over the Cavaliers. The win is Lafayette's only postseason victory to date.

The 71-72 group set school records with most points in a season (2,342), highest scoring average (86.7 PPG), and most free throws made with 654 (844 attempts). Tripucka also set a school record with field goals made with 263.

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