February 18, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - A strong defensive effort in the second half was not enough to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit, as Lafayette fell to rival Lehigh, 57-47.
Brya Freeland netted the first five points for the Leopards to give the home team a quick 5-3 lead, but Lehigh responded with the next seven tallies to grab a 10-5 advantage. A 5-0 spurt soon extended the Mountain Hawks_ cushion to 19-9. Lafayette would battle back within six at 23-17, but Lehigh closed the half on a 14-5 run over the last 5:31, and the Leopards headed to the locker room facing a 37-22 deficit.
Despite holding Lehigh to just eight points over the first 16:33 of the second half, the Leopards were unable to climb back within single digits until McGorry buried a three-pointer from the corner with just over six minutes left to play. After an empty trip each way, Lafayette_s senior co-captain sank a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to seven points at 45-38 with 4:37 to go.
The squads began trading points, which was enough for the margin to hold up at 51-44 with less than 90 seconds remaining. At that point, back-to-back buckets by Kelly Peterson pushed the Lehigh lead to 11. Freeland would drain a three-pointer on the ensuing Lafayette trip, but the Mountain Hawks responded with a fast-break layup on the game_s last possession to round out a 57-47 final score.