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Guys, your comments are right-on! This game was special and one I was pleased and lucky enough to attend along with my son and a bunch of guys/gals from the 2006 and 2007 class-era who, by the way, hosted a little tailgate party prior to the start of play. As if planned, the group of 10 made it into the arena at 1:58pm and took up residency in the front two rows of the nearly-vacant student section (damn Spring Break). For the next two hours they let it be known who they loved as they led cheers that echoed throughout the arena. Their favorite was the classic “L – U….L – U” while pointing to and involving fans – most family members sitting behind the bench in Section 3. It brought back memories of the raucous playoffs down in Upper Marlboro, Maryland that many of these same students attended.

As for the game itself, here are a few quick observations and points not referenced to date……….

AU travels well
Section 5 was filled and highly vocal. I’m estimating 150-200 fans made the 3 1/2 hour trip north. With them can their pep-band and cheerleaders. Nice job, AU.

He’s back!
How’s a point a minute sound? That’s what Holden Greiner gave you (14 pts in 13 minutes) yesterday. Toss in 4 boards and a few fist pumps and you get the idea this one-time started is, in fact, B-A-C-K. The Michigan standout last started, as you would have it, against AU on February 9th, going 1-6 in 19 minutes. I think his ankle is just fine now and add to the storehouse of forwards ready to compete along side of Knutson and seniors Adams, Mineri and Hamilton.

The Captain’s Corner
Jordan Hamilton is loving it and looking every bit like Ojo burying 3’s from the edges of play. He’s 5 for 9 in the Playoffs and a most reliable defender to boot.

BJ’s Stuff
It’s not often (can’t every remember it happening at Stabler) that a defensive play gets a “Standing O.” It happened yesterday when 6’3″ BJ skied to stuff 6’11” Wroblicky. Had the game been between national powers, it would have been a Sports Center highlight. As for the Boston U. transfer and pride of the Jersey Shore, he’s perhaps the biggest story – aside from CJ – to hit campus. Since the Bucknell game back on February 16th, Mr. Bailey has gone 16 for 25 (half of them 3’s) averaging 8 ppg in his 20.4 mpg. For those who need the reminder: BJ’s first point in a Lehigh uniform came on Nov. 20th against Eastern Kentucky. He has seen ever-increasing spot duty during league play, as the good Dr. has brought him along slowly. It has been a long road to recovery. But, I dare say BJ has arrived. Just in time.

9 score while 8 see double-digit minutes and the other 6, based on their bench demeanor, don’t seem to mind. Now that’s teamwork!

LU closed out its home season of 13 games (4 OOC, 7 PL regular season play, 2 PL tournament play) with 17,320 spectators in attendance. That’s a per game mark of 1,332 – a 43% jump over last’s year mark of 931. No, it’s not BU-type numbers but a nice showing nonetheless. Good work Rich Hass!

CJ says it best
In his post-game interview, CJ sums it up perfectly when he is quoted as saying, “Just gotta defend and everything else will take care of itself.”

See you at Sojka on Wednesday!