November 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm #4011
PL off to a fast start in OOC play, going 18-19 in their first 37 games and 4-1 in play on Nov. 22nd.
The effort has caught the attention of Ken Pomeroy who now ranks the PL 21st among the 33 conferences in D-I basketball. While BU (KenPom #104) and LU (KenPom #98) have done well (Bison 137 aptly refers to them as Teams 1 and 1a), the early-season headline grabbers have not necessarily come from the Bison or Mountain Hawk camps (you know CJ, Knutson, Muscala, and Johnson) but from American and Lafayette, both off to 3 and 2 starts due in large part to the extraordinary efforts of Charles Hinkle of AU and Jim Mower of LC.
Hinkle: Reigning Patriot League Player of the Week Charles Hinkle leads the Eagles this season and is ranked ninth in the country and first in the Patriot League with 23.3 ppg. He also ranks eighth in the country in total scoring (93). The senior has scored at least 20 points in each of the Eagles’ four games, including a career-high 27 against Florida Atlantic. Hinkle also leads the Patriot League with 2.5 made three pt. field goals per game. Hinkle has led the Eagles and all scorers in each of the last three games. In last night’s 74-73 win over Quinnipiac, Hinkle had a career-high 31 points while making 4-of-6 three-pointers and 15-of-19 free throws. He has scored at least 20 points in every game this season.
Mower: Mower scored a career-high 37 points, setting a school record with 10 three-pointers and going over 1,000 points in his career in the process, to lead Lafayette past Fairleigh Dickinson 85-74 last night. The 6’3" senior guard has started in each of the Leopards 5 games and is averaging 20.6 ppg , shooting .533 from the field and .543 from beyond the arc.
Team Stats that catch the eye:
#1 in Scoring D @ 63.4 ppg
#2 in 3FG% @ .390
#1 in 3FG% @ .441
#1 in 3FG Made/Game @ 9.8
#2 in Scoring O @ 74.2 ppg
Throw in Holy Cross’ 22 point win over Boston College and Navy’s heart-breaking 2-point loss to Tulane, and you just can’t tell this early in the season where the competition will come from once PL play begins. Aaah, the beauty of OOC play.
Lehigh should not be looking any further ahead than next Monday’s home-opener against Quinnipiac. Forget Michigan State and the national exposure it will afford our team 3 days prior to Christmas. First things first, it’s: Q’pac, Fordham, Cornell, St. Francis (PA), and Wagner – in that order and one at a time.November 24, 2011 at 2:03 am #4019
Yes, fastest start in a long long time. In some rankings, PL Conference is ranked 20 or 21, which is very high for the PL. Should be competitive year.
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