Lafayette Erases 16-point Halftime Deficit, Beats Bucknell in OT
Feb. 16, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Alicia Manning's off-balance runner at the buzzer erased a 16-point halftime deficit and set the stage for the Leopards' 66-61 dramatic overtime win at Bucknell on Saturday night.
The Leopards (11-14) never trailed in overtime following Danielle Fiacco's layup just 10 seconds in. Kelly Loughney followed with five points, including a momentum-building three, and Linnel Macklin and Maddie Peabody each converted a pair of free throws as the Leopards grinded out the five-point victory that put both teams at 4-6 in Patriot League play.
Peabody finished with a team-high 15 points followed by Loughney's 14 and Fiacco's seventh career double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds).
Bucknell (13-12) really controlled the game for the majority of the first half. Fiacco's post-up on the baseline cut the Bucknell margin to 17-16 at 7:31, but Bucknell outscored the Leopards 20-5 for the balance of the first half. Three's by Katherine Harris and Shelby Romine got the Bison going and Romine (11 points) finished the run with another three with 26 ticks left on the clock before intermission. The Leopards shot 27 percent from the floor in the first half while Bucknell hit for 50 percent from the floor and from three-point land (5-of-10).
Head coach Dianne Nolan made the right adjustments at halftime, as the Leopards came out and ripped off 10 unanswered to whittle the deficit to 37-31. Madeline Fahan hit a pair and Emily Homan added a layup before Loughney's 17-footer from the top of the lane cut it to six with 14:28 left in regulation.
The second of two straight layups by Audrey Dotson took Bucknell's lead back to 13 with eight minutes to play. The Leopards chiseled away at the Bucknell defense. Peabody and Loughney drained three's surrounding a Fiacco layup and that trimmed Bucknell's lead to 48-45 with 4:20 left, prompting a Bucknell timeout.
Loughney's feed to Homan in the paint cut it to one with 3:28 remaining in regulation. Then Dotson, who finished with a game-high 19 points, scored six unanswered for Bucknell to run the Bison's lead to 54-47. Peabody and Macklin then hit consecutive buckets as Lafayette trailed 54-51 with 1:42 left.
Bucknell fouled Peabody on a three and she made the first and the last to cut the deficit to 54-53 with eight seconds left. The Leopards' immediately fouled Alyssa Dunn who made one of two with seven seconds left. Fiacco pulled down the rebound after Dunn's miss and the Leopards got into their halfcourt offense. Manning's runner represented the only tie of the game and sent the contest to overtime.
Lafayette shot 39 percent from the floor and made 7-of-15 (47%) from long distance. The Leopards held Bucknell to 30 percent from the floor in the second half and forced 10 turnovers in the second half and overtime. For the game, Lafayette dished out a season-high 21 assists to 15 turnovers and outrebounded Bucknell 39-35.
The Leopards host Holy Cross on Wednesday at 7 p.m.