Game 30 - Patriot League Quarterfinal
Lafayette vs. Colgate
March 3, 2010
Lafayette took down No. 6 seed Colgate 73-65 in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals at Kirby Sports Center. Sophomore Jim Mower led the way for the Leopards with 19 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the floor. Mower has scored in double figures in 24 games and was joined by classmate Ryan Willen who had 12. For the third straight game since his ankle injury, Lafayette's leading scorer, Jared Mintz, was held to single digits (7), but contributed seven rebounds (6 offensive) to go along with a career-high five assists.Early in the first half, Lafayette put together a 14-4 run that started at the 15:36 mark. Mintz started the run with a layup while Michael Gruner, Jeff Kari and Mower each added three's. The span took Lafayette from a 12-10 advantage at 15:36 to 26-14 with 12 minutes left in the half. Lafayette led 41-28 at halftime.Six minutes in to the second half, Colgate trimmed the Leopards' margin to five points, 48-43, following a Kyle Roemer three-pointer and Yaw Gyawu's jumper. Mower and Willen mirrored the mini run by Colgate with a layup and a three to put Lafayette back up by 10 (53-43).Colgate battled back to cut the lead to seven (68-61) at 2:33 on a Gyawu layup, but Mower's back-breaking three helped seal the win. The three-point shooting may have been the difference, as Lafayette hit five in the first half and five in the second compared to Colgate's five for the game. The Leopards shot 46 percent from the long range while the Raiders connected for 33 percent.Colgate had three players, Roemer, Yaw Gyawu and Mitch Rolls, finish in double figures, all with 15 points.
Lafayette 73, Colgate 65