C.J.’s assassin shot ended up as the game-winner, but the game ultimately was won by Maneri and McKnight (pronounced MACK-ey, Scott Van Pelt)
As Rich said, it took an awful long time to find a guy who can rebound and play post defense against the league’s big men, but last night we found out the Maneri (6 boards, 1 block) is that guy. His defense was a huge factor that kept Muscala under wraps all night. Not to discount Greiner’s return, which was another big factor, and Adams’ efforts underneath as well, but Maneri’s defense in particular was huge.
MM has frustrated me all year with his inconsistency (maybe a bit unfair since he’s only a sophomore), and he struggled as did CJ most of the night, but a key play that nobody is talking about is that huge drive in the lane under a minute to play to tie the game. It seemed like all night Lehigh was trying to make a shot to equalize or get a lead on Bucknell, and time after time after time it was a poor outside shot that was the result that would clang out or get blocked. Like CJ, MM just turned on the jets, drove the lane, and made the equalizer happen.
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