Game 19: Lafayette

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    Game Notes (Lafayette’s)

    KenPom Rankings and Chances of Winning

    LU (14-4, 4-0) 57th
    LC (9-12, 2-2) 244th
    Lehigh wins 82-61 (95% chance)

    Apparently, Mr. Pomeroy has overlooked the rivalry aspect of this game. But, come to think of it, maybe he hasn’t. After all, we did bury our “friends from Easton” by 20 and by 19 last year and by 17 and 1 the year before that. In fact, our seniors have gone 5-1 to date. Their only setback occurred on 2/20/10 when, as freshmen, they bowed to the Leopards by 15. CJ, Gabe and Holden each scored that day and, no doubt, remember the thrashing they took.

    The Leopards struggled this year in OOC play, going 7-10 against a relatively weak set of opponents (218th ranked). They had but one win on the road and that came against Penn on January 8th.

    Like everyone else, they began PL play on the 12th, registering a 17 point win over Navy. They proceeded to lose the next two (by 23 to Army and by 15 to Bucknell) before beating Holy Cross on Wednesday by 10. Here a look at how we’ve done against “like” opponents.

    St. Francis (PA) – We beat the Red Flash by 16….Lafayette won by 2
    FDU – We beat the Knights by 40….Lafayette loss by 2
    Holy Cross – We beat the Crusaders by 32….Lafayette won by 10
    Bucknell – We beat the Bison by 3….Lafayette loss by 15

    4-Game PL Stat Comparisons

    Scoring Offense: LU 3rd @ 66.8 ppg….LC 7th @ 58.0 ppg
    Scoring Defense: LU 1st @ 52.8 ppg….LC 3rd @ 66.8ppg
    FG%: LU 4th @ .420….LC 7th @.395
    FG% D: LU 1st @ .377….LC 7th @ .432
    3FG%: LU 1st @ .451….LC 8th @ .278
    3FG% D: LU 1st @ .213….LC 5th @ .362
    Rebounding Margin: LU 6th @ -1.2….LC 7th @ -5.7

    Last Time Out

    LC 63 / HC 53
    Led by three players in double figures and a balanced offensive attack, Lafayette outlasted Holy Cross, 63-53, for its seventh straight home win on Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center. Bryce Scott and Seth Hinrichs each scored 16 points to pace the Leopards in the scoring column, while Tony Johnson added 15. Lafayette’s defense was also smothering in the game, holding Holy Cross to 35.1 percent shooting (20-of-57), and the lowest percentage for a Leopards’ opponent this season. Lafayette matched its season-high with six blocked shots, led by Giese’s career-high four rejections. Dan Trist matched his career high with seven rebounds.Scott set a new career-high with four assists. For the second straight game, Lafayette turned the ball over a season-low six times.

    LU 65 / BU 62
    Need I say more? In its 5th game without star C.J. McCollum, Lehigh men’s basketball went to Bucknell and won anyway, topping the Bison 65-62 in front of a raucous crowd on Wednesday evening in Sojka Pavilion. Junior B.J. Bailey shattered his career high with 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 4-of-4 from three-point range while sophomore Mackey McKnight had 15. Lehigh’s three-point shooting was the story, finishing 56 percent from long distance against one of the nation’s best defending the three. The Mountain Hawks improve to 14-5 and 4-0 in league play while Bucknell drops to 16-4 and 3-1 in the Patriot League.

    What are their fans saying?

    Bison Watch

    Keep track of the 3-1 Buckell as they travel to 2-2 Holy Cross on Saturday. Go Crusaders! Watch it on CBS Sports Network at 4pm.



    My man 65 dropping the game thread, love it! Big rivalry game might be what the doctor ordered in terms of hopefully keeping LU looking ahead and not behind at their past news clippings post BU win.

    I saw the attendance predictor question, and I’ll bring it over on this thread, and I guess I’m on optimistic side because I’m thinking 4,500+. That, would be best regular season effort in quite some time. In fact, if we draw 4,500 my first thoughts would be that would be 3rd biggest crowd in last 10 years, with only 2 crowds surpassing that being the two PL Championship games versus American and Lafayette CJ frosh year.


    Big game in that you want to keep Laf in your rear view mirror, and a loss brings them just one game behind you, a win pushes them 3 back.





    Just for reference, the 2010 pl championship at home was 4259.  Very curious to see the attendance tomorrow.


    Even with TV expect a good crowd.



    For the record, 2010 PL title game was at the end of spring break so most students were not back. Probably lost ~1k students that would’ve made the trek over. Also curious to see the number tomorrow, buzz on campus isn’t quite as high as I expected.


    WEAR BROWN!  This game SHOULD not be close, but then, it is the Leotards.  Tough D is what wins games. The offense will feed off the stops.


    Attendance: Is it true that students have to pay to attend this game? I thought they got in free …



    In case you missed yesterday’s results………….

    BU 65 HC 58
    Four players scored in double figures to lead Bucknell (17-4, 4-1 Patriot League) to a 65-58 win at Holy Cross (10-10, 2-3) on Saturday at the Hart Center in

    Army 77 American 64
    An all-freshman starting five scored 56 points to lead Army (9-11, 2-3 Patriot League) to a 77-64 win over American (7-13, 2-3) on Saturday at Christl Arena.

    Colgate 70 Navy 56
    Murphy Burnatowski scored 29 points and Colgate (8-13, 2-3) used a big start to roll to a 70-56 win at Navy (7-14, 1-4) on Saturday at Alumni Hall.
    The Raiders have now won consecutive Patriot League games for the first time since 2010, with Burnatowksi totaling 64 points in the two victories. Colgate won its third consecutive game against Navy, and gets to 2-3 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2009.

    We close out Round 1 of PL play with games against Navy on Wednesday and Army on Super Bowl Sunday. We begin Round 2 three days later – again on the road – against Holy Cross.



    $5 for students, it’s been like that for the past 5 years at least against the leopards. Even the men’s XC team, who is being honored at halftime.


    Direct from the website:

    Lehigh ID card holders (students, faculty & staff) are admitted free to all home Athletics events, with the following exceptions: Home Football vs. Lafayette, Home Basketball vs. Lafayette, Home Wrestling vs. Penn State, and other Summit Series events added prior to a given season.  Lehigh ID card holders are not admitted free to postseason events, such as EIWA Championships, NCAA Football or PAtriot League Basketball. 

    I think it is pretty poor form by the Athletic Department to charge students, even just for certain high profile games.

    Just realized as well that the Lehigh valley Hoop Group Showcase high school event is today, so that may effect attendance a bit as it gives local hoop fans a very good alternative to see some quality hoop.


    We complain about small.crowds. Great crowd showed up. Psyched. Too bad team did,neither in 1st. They best wakeup or it’ll be Bryant again.



    Total disaster today. LC has been running the same O for years. LU had no clue! And when LU had the ball, to many guys standing around. And Gabe, although better today, has to stop putting the ball on the floor when down low. Got trapped way to often today. I would have cleared the bench at the 6 min. mark.

    It was pretty clear at that point LU was not going to pull this one out. As for the crowd, smaller than I anticipated. Seemed pretty flat from the start.



    The team’s been playing on emotion since second half of VCU game. Eventually the air was
    gonna come out of the balloon one of these days and unfortunately that was today.

    You could see it early, shots that have been falling these last five games, weren’t today and then
    we started forcing shots. And Levi Giese dropping 5 three’s on us!! Who knew?

    For two years now Lehigh has needed the occasional wake-up call and hopefully this was it.

    Let’s go to Navy and get a win



    Sitting in Philadelphia airport just amazed how ill prepared we seemed to play today.

    I know after a big emotional win its hard to regroup but lafayete should have given enough motivation on ione own, add in national tv and big crowd…

    we were motionless on offense and got smokes on defense, s show on both ends of court.


    Agree with who ever said we should have empties benj, hundred percent agree guys!

    I never get back this way and boy was this disappointing for me!

    only plus was chatting with 65!

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