February 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm #18573
LU (14-11, 8-6) ranked 194th
Navy (10-16, 6-8) ranked 217th
LU wins 64-63 (52% chance)
As for opponent on Wednesday, Navy, all you need to know are the headlines from their last two game summaries and a sentence I lifted out of their postgame report following our win over the Midshipmen back on January 21st. I give you each below:
“Navy rallies from down 12 in final two minutes to knock off Colgate”
“Mids come up short in 52-52 loss to Bucknell”
“ Navy played without senior forward Worth Smith, who suffered an injury to his right hand against Colgate on Saturday. Smith is Navy’s leading scorer (15.8) and rebounder (6.6) this season.”
Oh yeah, since returning to action, the 6’6” senior forward hasn’t missed a beat, leading Navy to victories in three of their last four games. He tops the team’s chart in both ppg @ 15.3 and rpg @ 5.8pts.
Time for some to redeem themselves
The first and last time MS and AP paid a visit to Alumni Hall on Jan. 22 of last year, the pair tallied one point in 35 minutes of combined time. Jesse and Corey didn’t do much better, combining for nine points while going 1 for 9 from the field. We managed a “W” in OT on the backs of everyone else – in particular SC and JG who combined for 27 points on 10 for 12 shooting. P.S. Navy’s Worth Smith hit for 26 that night.
Feeling Down and Out?
The loss to Holy Cross was disappointing, for sure, but not fatal for those out there who still dream of a league title and – at the very least – a bid to the NIT. It could still happen if we win-out and both Colgate and Bucknell struggle in their final four. On the other hand, we could drop our final four and find ourselves playing in the tournament prelims on March 3rd. Isn’t this league fun?
In golfing terms, I believe we bounce back with a birdie down in Annapolis after taking a bogey up in Worcester. We did it earlier in the year when – following a lop-sided road loss to BU – we went into Army and won convincingly by eleven. I say we come into this game hungry and win – just as we did against Army – with balanced scoring sparked by the return of team-ball, and a shutdown defense.February 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm #18586
We go for a series sweep of Navy tonight for the 5th straight year.
Game Notes are up:
PL Live will broadcast this and three other match-ups tonight beginning at 7 o’clock. They are: Loyola @ BUcknell, Army @ Colgate, and Holy Cross @ Lafayette. The Boston U. @ American game will be carried live on CBS Cable Sports – also beginning at 7pm.February 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm #18587
Although the team aspect of this win is huge, here are a few individual items to keep an eye on.
Kahron Ross, the likely consensus ROY, has 146 assists. He needs 6 more to pass Austen Rowland into 5th place in the Lehigh record book for assists/season. With 8, he also passes Mackey McKnight (Jr season) into 4th place.
Tim Kempton should absolutely be on the short list for POY in the PL. He is currently avg 15.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg which is 5th and 1st in the PL. In Patriot League action however, he is averaging 17.4 ppg (2nd in the PL). His biggest competition may come from Dan Trist of Lafayette.February 18, 2015 at 10:23 pm #18589
feeling nervous about this game, who is gonna shut down Worth Smith?February 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm #18590
I’d expect JG to get him on D. I honestly don’t remember what his game is like; I know he can score. If he’s too quick for JG to chase all night, we might see more zone than usual.February 19, 2015 at 2:29 am #18591
Ugly win is still a win. Take it, and move on. Crunch time coming up.February 19, 2015 at 2:39 am #18592
Pretty ugly indeed.
I really wish these guys would tighten up their concentration at the end of games. Silly fouls and dumb passes made the last few minutes closer than they should have been.
Big effort by JC in the first half to keep Lehigh in it.
February 19, 2015 at 3:03 am #18593
- This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by StablerBum. Reason: correction
Spectacularly ugly. But a win. Gotta stop getting stupid in gje last minutez of games.February 19, 2015 at 3:03 am #18594
JG effort? or JC?February 19, 2015 at 3:30 am #18595
Think he meant JC. Road wins in league play are a welcome sight, survive and advance.!February 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm #18596
I did mean JC. Edited above.February 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm #18598
I’m usually critical of JC and his shot selection, but he was the best Lehigh player yesterday. 5/7 from the field and 2/3 from deep when team shot under 35% from both. He’s also the best post-game interview with the British accent. Solid road win. On to Lafayette.
On another note, I went on to buy Lafayette tickets, and noticed they are charging LU students $5 to get in. Is that normal? I thought you showed your Lehigh ID and you were in? Not the best way to fill a student section.February 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm #18599
Quote: “Kahron Ross, the likely consensus ROY, has 146 assists.”
Ross clearly is having a good year and may well win ROY. However I think the vote will be close between Ross and Foulland.February 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm #18600
On another note, I went on to buy Lafayette tickets, and noticed they are charging LU students $5 to get in. Is that normal? I thought you showed your Lehigh ID and you were in? Not the best way to fill a student section.
I think it is normal for Lafayette games. My understanding is every other game is free for students except Lafayette. Agree that it makes no sense. Instead of using the rivalry game as a way to introduce the basketball experience to students, the athletic department is trying to make a few bucks. Doubt the $3,000 or so from student tickets makes much of a difference at all for the department, yet serves as a hurdle to get kids in the building. Don’t get it.February 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm #18601
JC also played well on the defense end, he was clearly the best player on the floor wearing brown, thank goodness
when will coach figure out how to score against a zone D?
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