Lafayette Men's Basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (11/22/2011)

Lafayette Men's Basketball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (11/22/2011)


Game 5

November 22, 2011

EASTON, Pa-A dominating second-half performance led by Jim Mower_s career-high 37 points propelled Lafayette to an 85-74 comeback victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.

The Leopards erased a seven-point halftime deficit, outscoring FDU 50-32 over the final 20 minutes. Mower scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half, setting the school record with 10 three-pointers and scoring his 1,000th career point.

Back to back buckets from Ryan Willen gave Lafayette its largest lead of the opening half, and the Leopards led 21-17 with 8:43 on the clock. Trailing by four, the Knights used a 13-0 spurt to take a 30-21 lead with 3:57 to play. Seth Hinrichs hit a layup to stop the bleeding following the stoppage and FDU took a 42-35 lead into the break.

Lafayette scored on its first three possessions of the second stanza, with two trifectas from Mower and a Hinrichs driving lay-in, cutting the deficit to 44-43. Seven straight points from FDU, including another Melquan Bolding triple, put the Knights up 51-43 with 16:13 to play.

Mower answered with two more three-pointers, the second of which made him the 38th player in Lafayette history to score more than 1,000 points in a career. Sparked by Mower_s consecutive left wing threes, Lafayette went on a 30-6 run over an 8:59 span, ending on Mower_s ninth three-pointer with 7:14 to play.

Fairleigh Dickinson cut the Leopards_ lead to 10, but Mower drained another trey to set the record previously held by Andrew Brown _09. Mower finished 12-for-16 from the field and 10-for-13 from beyond the arc in 39 minutes.

Lafayette 85, Fairleigh Dickinson 74.