Game #8-452: Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Lafayette LeopardsJanuary 22, 2012 2:00 pm
Kirby Sports Center
After seeing three college basketball games in one day and consuming three cheesesteaks, a roast pork sandwich and countless one-dollar hot dogs in a 24-hour span, and sane or reasonable human being would have gone home and relaxed, detoxed and perhaps eaten a salad or something.
Luckily for you, fair reader, I have rarely been accused of being either sane or reasonable.
That's how I found myself, at 11:00 on Sunday morning the day after my Philly hoops extravaganza, outside at Pat's Steaks with a whiz-wit before heading off for game four of my tripleheader. Yeah, I know, work with me here for a bit.
Today's destination was going to be a good bit further away than the easily walked Palestra and DAC were to each other. No, instead we were making the roughly 90-minute drive to Easton, Penn., home of Lafayette College.
The original plan had been to just head straight to my friend's house in New Jersey, but it turned out that Lafayette sat directly along the route we were going to take to get back. Looking at the schedule, we noticed that not only was Lafayette hosting a hoops game that day, but it was a matchup against hated crosstown rival Lehigh.
So there we were, tired and impossibly full from eating, yet walking into the Kirby Sports Center on a cold Sunday afternoon for a little Patriot League action.
Truth be told, we didn't expect much from the game at hand. Lehigh seemed to have a decided advantage, despite actually trailing Lafayette by a game in the Patriot League standings coming into Sunday. But as they often say, for rivalry games, you can throw the record books out the window.
The old sports cliche actually seemed like it might come true in the first half. The game was a decidedly back-and-forth affair, featuring seven ties and eight lead changes in the first half alone. Lafayette not only managed to keep it closer than I had figured, but went into halftime with a two-point lead.
Little by little in the second half, however, Lehigh started asserting themselves as the better team. It was never anything terribly dramatic; simply capitalizing on a turnover here, forcing an empty possession there. The little things, however, added up, and Lehigh managed to pull away from the Leopards. It was a shame, too; the majority of the game was almost certainly the most competitive and well-played basketball I saw all weekend.
By the time the last media timeout rolled around, the Mountain Hawks were up 10, and my friend and I departed, defeated by an overabundance of basketball, beer, and cheesesteaks. Give credit to the Lafayette faithful, though -- despite the bleak situation, I'm pretty certain that we were the ONLY people leaving the nearly sold-out Kirby Sports Center at that moment.
And thus ended my crazy basketball weekend. As we crossed the New Jersey border, I had only one thought in my mind -- planing the next hoops weekend. It can't come soon enough.
|LEHIGH 90, at LAFAYETTE 76|
LEHIGH 15-6 (3-2) -- C. McCollum 7-14 10-12 26; H. Greiner 4-7 4-4 12; C. Schaefer 2-3 3-4 9; G. Knutson 6-8 4-4 17; J. Hamilton 4-9 0-0 9; A. D'Orazio 2-3 0-0 4; J. Adams 1-2 2-2 4; S. Cvrkalj 1-2 0-0 3; J. Maneri 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 30-52 23-26 90.
LAFAYETTE 8-12 (3-2) -- R. Delaney 6-7 3-3 16; J. Mower 4-7 3-3 11; R. Willen 3-11 11-14 17; T. Johnson 0-7 2-2 2; J. Ptasinski 1-3 0-0 3; D. Trist 6-8 1-1 13; L. Giese 1-2 0-0 3; N. Petkovich 3-3 0-0 9; S. Hinrichs 0-1 2-2 2; J. Pelham 0-0 0-0 0; L. Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-49 22-25 76.
Three-point goals: LEH 7-14 (J. Hamilton 1-4; H. Greiner 0-2; G. Knutson 1-1; C. McCollum 2-3; S. Cvrkalj 1-2; C. Schaefer 2-2), LAF 6-15 (T. Johnson 0-2; R. Delaney 1-1; J. Mower 0-2; N. Petkovich 3-3; R. Willen 0-3; L. Giese 1-2; J. Ptasinski 1-2); Rebounds: LEH 23 (C. McCollum 7), LAF 23 (T. Johnson 5); Assists: LEH 10 (G. Knutson 3), LAF 11 (T. Johnson 4); Total Fouls -- LEH 18, LAF 20; Fouled Out: LEH-None; LAF-None.
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