February 26, 2011
EASTON, Pa. _ Lafayette played its most complete game of the season, battling American to the wire for a 95-92 loss in double overtime. Tony Johnson scored a career-high 29 points and Jared Mintz had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the Leopards. Johnson scored 12 of his 29 in overtime while 24 of Mintz_s 26 came in regulation. American_s Vlad Moldoveanu and Troy Brewer, had 30 and 28. Lafayette led 67-64 with 26 seconds left in regulation after Johnson made a pair of free throws. The Eagles got the ball back and Moldoveanu_s three-pointer with 19 seconds to go came back to Brewer who corralled it and went bent up for a layup. He made the shot and converted a three-point play at the line. The Leopards had a final chance in regulation, but Johnson_s floater at the buzzer would not fall. It was back-and-forth affair in the first extra session. Ryan Willen hit a long three with 3:27 left to give Lafayette a 72-69 lead. Johnson_s jumper at 1:06 pushed Lafayette ahead 76-72. Stephen Lumpkins answered for American. Two more Johnson free throws extended the Lafayette lead to 78-74 with 40 seconds left. Brewer brought the Eagles within one, hitting a three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining. The Eagles fouled Johnson and he made 1-of-2 at :22 to lead 79-77. American had the ball with fewer than 10 seconds left. Nick Hendra appeared to take an extra step directly in front of an official, but instead was rewarded two seconds later with free throws. He made both and sent the game to a second overtime. The second overtime was controlled by American. Consecutive three_s by Brewer put American up 85-81 with 2:45 left. The Eagles led by seven (91-84) with 54 ticks left on the clock when Moldoveanu made two free throws. The Leopards wouldn_t go away, however, cutting the lead to 95-92 on Johnson_s three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining on the clock. American was whistled for a five-second call on the inbounds play and Lafayette took over. The Leopards got two contested three-point looks by Jim Mower , but neither found the net. A final shot by Johnson with three seconds remaining also did not fall.
American 95, Lafayette 92 2OT