March 2, 2011
WORCESTER, Mass. _Five players scored in double figures for Lafayette which never trailed in a 77-70 win over Holy Cross in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal. Ryan Willen led all scorers with 19 points with 15 of those points coming in the second half. Jim Mower netted 13 points while Jared Mintz and Levi Giese chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively. Tony Johnson also scored 10 points, while dishing out four assists to go along with a career-high four steals. Lafayette maintained a five to eight-point lead for most of the game, including 33-28 at halftime. Late in the game, Holy Cross started to make its move, pulling within 61-60 on a Devin Brown three in corner at 4:42. It was just the second three-pointer of the night for Holy Cross which shot 2-of-16 from beyond the arc. A Willen three-point play placed Lafayette ahead 64-60 with 4:12 left. After a Holy Cross layup, Rob Delaney hit a crucial three-pointer at 3:22. Johnson drove and kicked to the corner where Delaney stroked a shot to lead 67-62. Andrew Beinert_s layup and a pair of free throws by Mike Cavataio cut the Lafayette advantage back to one, 67-66, with 2:28 in the game. Cavataio was one of three in double digits for Holy Cross with 12 points. Willen hit his biggest basket of the game on the next possession, draining a three-pointer from the wing off another Johnson feed as Lafayette led 70-66. The Leopards got the ball back with 36 seconds left when Delaney slapped it away from Beinert and out of bounds. Lafayette passed it to Delaney who hit both free throws. Lafayette led 73-68 with 36.7 left. Beinert answered with a layup and the Crusaders fouled Willen who made two more free throws. Delaney added a layup to put the game away after the Leopards broke through full-court pressure.
Lafayette 77, Holy Cross 70