November 27, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - Jared Mintz led Lafayette with 22 points six assists in a 67-64 loss to Delaware. Mintz drilled a pair of free throws to tie the game 59-59 with 1:30 left. On the Blue Hens_ next possession, Darion Benbow , who earned his first start of the season, was whistled for a foul on a blocked shot attempt. Devon Saddler made 1-of-2, to give Delaware a 60-59 lead. The Leopards turned it over on their next possession and were forced to foul. Delaware_s Jawan Carter made both shots at the line for a 62-59 lead. Lafayette cut the Delaware lead to 62-61, on a backdoor cut and baseline layup by Nick Petkovich . Carter was the recipient of two of Lafayette_s last three fouls in the final 14 seconds of the game. He made all four of those attempts to finish 12-for-12 from the line for the day with 24 points. The Leopards trailed 35-30 at halftime and Delaware opened the second half with a 17-6 run that ended at 10:23 with the Blue Hens_ holding a 52-38 lead. Six players scored for Delaware in that spurt. Lafayette answered with a 19-7 run that covered eight minutes and ended at the 2:37 mark, with a steal and layup by Jim Mower that pulled Lafayette within two, 59-57. The Leopards were able to lure the Blue Hens_ into foul by pounding the ball in to Mintz. Three players fouled out for Delaware. The Blue Hens_ Josh Brinkley picked up his fifth foul with 1:30 remaining and sent Mintz to the line where he tied the game and began the decisive stretch. Tony Johnson brought down a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with nine points.
Delaware 67, Lafayette 64