Lehigh and Loyola Maryland Set to Battle for First Sunday Night on CBS Sports Network
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh, winner of five of six, will face the equally strong Loyola Maryland on Sunday night at Stabler Arena. Please note the new game time of 6:00 p.m. as the game was recorded by CBS Sports Network. The Mountain Hawks and Greyhounds (who have won four straight seasons) are two of four teams going 4-1 for first place overall in the Patriot League. Lehigh comes to an historic 97-64 win Thursday night in Bucknell, the Mountain Hawks’ greatest lead over the Bison since December 10, 1952 (an 85-49 final).
Thursday’s game was full of feats that haven’t happened in a long time, if at all. Most notably, the Mountain Hawks set a program record for 3-pointers made with 18 (on 34 attempts). Included were six consecutive 3-pointers in the 4:42 time span of the second half. Freshman Keith Higgins Jr. set the tone early, scoring 16 of Lehigh’s first 18 points (came in the first 6:51 of the game) and finishing with a career-high 26 (including 6-of-9 from the 3-pointer Area). . He added a career-high nine assists and five rebounds for a career-high zero turnover. Junior Evan Taylor had 21 points, 14 coming after halftime. He also set career highs in 3-pointers made (5) and tries (8). Junior Reed Fenton was 2-of-3 behind the arc while fifth-year Marques Wilson was 2-of-5, eclipsing 100-career 3-pointers. On Thursday, Lehigh was 50 percent or better behind the arc for the first time since last Jan. 2 against Lafayette when the Mountain Hawks were 4 of 8. Thursday marked the second time this season that two Lehigh players had made 5+ threes (along with December 4 against Maryland Eastern Shore when juniors Fenton and Jake Betlow both downed fives).
Freshman Tyler Whitney-Sidney also had career-best points (11) and rebounds (8). On his birthday, senior Nic Lynch scored a season-high 15 points. Higgins finished with career-highs in points (26) and assists (9) with zero turnovers. All of these contributions helped Lehigh achieve the largest lead in Sojka Pavilion history by an opponent and most 3-point wins in Sojka by a Bison opponent.
Lehigh had just four turnovers Thursday, the fewest since he also had just four turnovers on Feb. 18, 2013 (at home to Bucknell). Aside from a shot clock violation that Lehigh intentionally took two seconds from the end, the Mountain Hawks went into the final of the game 31-16 with no turnover. Lehigh also finished with 25 assists on 37 field goals scored. The Mountain Hawks’ point totals were the highest in any game since January 9, 2019 at Holy Cross – a 99-94 win in overtime. It was her most points in a regular game since scoring 100 against Saint Francis Pa on December 12, 2016. scored. Lehigh’s 97 points was the most she’d ever scored against Bucknell in regulation time (Thursday was the 181st meeting ever). Series).
In the end, Lehigh broke a seven-game losing streak at Bucknell, defeating the Bison at Sojka Pavilion for the first time since an 82-71 win on Jan. 11, 2017, marking the Mountain Hawks’ 4-1 start in the Patriot League their best start since the 2012/13 season. Lehigh’s 5-1 stretch over the last six is the best since he also won five of six from Jan. 23 to Feb. 9, 2019.
Loyola competes with a 10-6 record and a 4-1 mark in the Patriot League as part of the four-way tie for first place with Lehigh, Army and Navy. The Greyhounds started with an overtime loss at Army but have responded with back-to-back victories over Holy Cross, Boston University, Bucknell and Lafayette. Loyola is 7-0 at home and 2-5 away this season. Cam Spencer leads the Greyhounds and Patriot League averaging 18.6 points per game. Jaylin Andrews is second on team and sixth in league (15.0 points average per contest). Golden Dike leads Loyola in rebounding (6.9) while Kenneth Jones leads the way with 84 assists.
Lehigh has won four of the last five (and six of the last eight) against Loyola, giving it a 14-12 lead in the all-time series. This includes splitting two meetings last season. After the Greyhounds clinched a 75-47 win at Stabler Arena, the Mountain Hawks responded with an impressive 76-72 win on the road, led by Fenton with 19 points. The year before (2019-20), the Mountain Hawks went 3-0 against the Greyhounds, including a 78-75 win in the Patriot League tournament. Lehigh has won three of his last four at home against Loyola. Before meeting as Patriot League opponents, the teams previously played out an 86-72 Lehigh win on November 26, 1988. The teams first met in 1912-13, a 41-19 Lehigh victory. Loyola’s first win was in 1915–16 by a 35–15 final.
After Sunday’s game, the Mountain Hawks met at Navy on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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|Date:||January 16, 2022|
|Opponent:||Loyola Maryland Greyhounds|
|Arena (Capacity):||Staller Arena (5,600)|
|Lehigh’s record:||6-11, 4-1 Patriot League|
|Loyola’s record:||10-6, 4-1 Patriot League|
|Series:||Lehigh leads, 14-12|
|TV:||CBS sports network|