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.