Patriot League Tournament Recaps|
(Wednesday, March 11)
Final Score: Lafayette 65, American 63
Easton, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Lindner scored 25 points with four
assists to lead Lafayette to the Patriot League title with a 65-63 win over
American on Wednesday night.
Seth Hinrichs posted 16 points for the fourth-seeded Leopards (20-12), who
have reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.
Pee Wee Gardner and Marko Vasic each had 15 points for the Eagles (17-16),
while Charlie Jones totaled 14 and Jesse Reed added 11.
American, which entered as the No. 6 seed in the conference, looked to win the
league for the second year in a row.
Lafayette led by 11 at halftime and stretched its margin to 13 early in the
second. Jones then fired in a trey that was the beginning of an 8-0 run to
help the Eagles cut their deficit to 40-34. The Leopards regained a double-
digit lead moments later as Hinrichs scored six straight points for the hosts
to make it a 48-36 game.
Gardner capped a 9-0 spurt for American that brought it back to three with 8
1/2 left, then the Eagles took the lead when Vasic's three-point play put them
Hinrichs answered with a 3 at the other end to swing the Leopards back in
front with 4:39 on the clock.
Following a Gardner trey that brought the visitors within one with 1:11 left,
Lindner made a tough layup that gave Lafayette a 63-60 lead and John Schoof
missed a 3-pointer at the other end. Lindner then sealed it with a pair of
American went scoreless for 6:10 in the first half as Lafayette gained a
comfortable lead. John Schoof's 3-pointer with 13:04 on the clock put the
Eagles up three, but Hinrichs followed with a layup that jump-started and 11-0
run for a 23-15 edge.
Jones ended the American drought with a consecutive treys to close to within
two. The Leopards ended the half on an 11-4 run, however, to extend their
advantage to 34-25 at the break.
Lafayette has now won this title three times ... American went 10-of-18 from
3-point range, while Lafayette made 8-of-15 from beyond the arc ... Vasic had
nine rebounds and Gardner dished out seven assists in the loss ... The
Leopards had a 24-17 edge on the glass.
03/12 10:39:13 ET