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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, January 27, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Kirby Sports Center (6,000) -- Easton, Pennsylvania. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Colgate 4-5, Lafayette 2-6. Away Record: Colgate 3-7, Lafayette 2-9. Neutral Record: Colgate 0-0, Lafayette 0-0. Conference Record: Colgate 1-7, Lafayette 0-8. Series Record: Series is tied, 46-46.
GAME NOTES: The Lafayette Leopards look to bring a 10-game losing streak to an end on Monday night, as they host the Colgate Raiders in Patriot League matchup at the Kirby Sports Center.
Fran O'Hanlon's Leapords have struggled all season long and sit a disturbing 4-15 overall. The team hasn't won a game since an 86-79 win over Immaculata on Dec. 17. Lafayette's 10-game losing streak includes all eight Patriot League bouts to this point, including Saturday's 71-68 loss at Lehigh.
The Raiders haven't been much better. Colgate sports a mere 7-12 overall mark, with just one of those victories coming in league play, a 63-41 rout of Navy on Jan. 18. Colgate has dropped two straight outings since then, including Saturday's 67-60 decision at Loyola Maryland.
This series is as close as it can get, knotted up at 46-46, thanks to a current seven-game win streak for Lafayette.
The Leopards have fallen victim to injuries and shoddy defensive play. The team is still without leading scorer and rebounder Seth Hinrichs (20.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg), who has missed the last 11 games with a knee injury. To compound the problem, the team has been a turnstyle on the defensive end, ranking last in the Patriot League in scoring defense (77.2 ppg) as foes are shooting .477 from the floor. Lafayette does have some scoring balance to help assuage the loss of Hinrichs, as Bryce Scott (13.8 ppg), Dan Trist (13.0 ppg), Nick Linder (10.8 ppg) and Joey Ptansinski (10.7 ppg) have all made contributions this year.
Lafayette was once again efficient on offense (.462 from the floor), but allowed the Mountain Hawks to shoot even better (.510) in a three-point loss at Stabler Arena over the weekend. Trist led the way for Lafayetter, coming off the bench with 16 points in 23 minutes of work. Scott had a solid stat line with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Ptasinski chipped in with 13 points.
The Raiders are also a highly efficient squad,, shooting .470 from the floor and putting up 70.3 ppg. Where the team has had some problems is in rebounding (-2.3 margin) and turnovers (-1.1 margin). The scoring pool for Colgate includes four players currently averaging double figures, led by Murphy Burnatowski's 13.9 ppg. Austin Tillotson is a close second at 13.1 ppg, followed by Ethan Jacobs and Damon Sherman-Newsome, who net 11.6 and 11.4 ppg, respectively.
Colgate trailed at Lehigh by seven points at the half and the seven-point lead for the Mountain Hawks held true in the 67-60 decision. The Raiders were not sharp in shooting just .308 from the floor in the first half and .418 from the floor overall in the loss. Burnatowski led the team with 13 points, although he was just 4-of-12 from the floor and was guilty of five of the team's 15 turnovers. Jacobs added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds to the cause, while Nathan Harries chipped in with 10 points.
These two teams comprise the bottom of the Patriot League. Despite the fact that this game is taking place on the Leopards' home court, the loss of Hinrichs has made things tough on Lafayette. The Raiders should get a road win here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colgate 72, Lafayette 69
01/27 19:41:43 ET
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