Lafayette Men's Basketball vs. Holy Cross (02/05/2011)

Lafayette Men's Basketball vs. Holy Cross (02/05/2011)
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Game 23
Lafayette vs. Holy Cross
February 5, 2011

EASTON, Pa. - Levi Giese finished the game with a career-high 19 points and hit a crucial bucket with 57 seconds left as the Leopards beat Holy Cross, 76-70. Free throws were the determining factor in the game, as Lafayette was 13-of-15, including 6-of-6 in the final two minutes. Jim Mower (13 points), Rob Delaney and Darion Benbow each hit a pair to seal the game. Meanwhile, visiting Holy Cross was 17-of-34 for the afternoon but missed its final five free throws in the same span. Lafayette led 36-20 at halftime and extended that lead to as many 18 early in the second half. A Jared Mintz dunk and three-point play gave Lafayette an 11-point lead at the 12:30 mark and was the last time the Leopards led by a double figures. Lafayette was called for six fouls in the first nine minutes of the second half, and at the 5:35 mark Mintz picked up his fifth personal foul. He finished with 10 points and has reach double figures in all but one game this season. Andrew Keister_s layup with 3:54 left on the clock cut the Lafayette lead to two. Lafayette answered on an inbounds play. Tony Johnson penetrated and found Nick Petkovich in the corner by the Lafayette bench. Petkovich connected for one of three three-pointers on the day to lead 66-61. Three minutes after Mintz_s fifth foul, Ryan Willen was also disqualified with his fifth at 2:44. Delaney grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists, both career highs, while Johnson had six assists, five rebounds, two blocks and no turnovers.

Holy Cross 76, Lafayette 70
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