Lehigh Beats Defending Champion Colgate, 85-81, to Improve to 2-0 in League Play
at Army West Point
01/07/2022 | 17 o’clock
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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The Lehigh men’s basketball team jumped 22-7 and battled a comeback from Colgate to regain the lead late in the second half when the Mountain Hawks beat the defending Patriot League Champion Raiders (85-81) defeated. on Tuesday evening in the Stabler Arena to improve to 2-0 in the Patriot League game. Senior Jeameril Wilson made 14 of his career highs in the first half, scoring 20 points, while Keith Higgins Jr. made 16 of his first year career highs out of 23 in the second half. Junior Reed Fenton added 12 points while senior Nic Lynch made his double-double in his fifth career with 11 points and 10 assists. The win marks Lehigh’s third win in a row and gives the Mountain Hawks their first win over Colgate since 2018.
“It was a great win that I’m really proud of,” said Lehigh head coach Brett Reed. “I thought our boys played a pretty complete game. They came out with great energy. Jeameril Wilson hit the ball for us early, as did some of our boys. Our defense was pretty strong which gave us a good lead.” .
“This is a game of runs. Colgate are a good team,” Reed continued. “They’ll take a couple of shots in the end and come back. They played some good games in the second half and they ultimately put us under pressure. But there is one thing I can say about this team and that is not always reflected in the record, but our boys fight. They fight all the time. “
Colgate wiped out his deficit in the first half and eventually took two five-point leads in the second half – 65-60 and 67-62 – but the Mountain Hawks responded with a 10-0 run and wouldn’t do less than two lead the rest of the way.
“[Colgate] We’d played a lot of games, we’d missed some open punches and I was like boys, just relax, “said Reed.” Be comfortable, play with confidence, believe in yourself and then we go running. Part of it was someone like Keith Higgins, who knocked down shot after shot after shot and gave us a big shot in the arm. ”
What a game 📹 pic.twitter.com/Nn1UI4UhcJ
– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) January 5, 2022
This feeling of victory pic.twitter.com/PMXlafTzLD
– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) Jan 5, 2022 Wilson had all 14 of his points in the first half before the game was eight minutes old but ran into foul problems in the first half. He scored his last six points in the range of 2:22 late in the second half as part of Lehigh’s late attack. Wilson finished the night 9 out of 9 off the floor, adding five assists that were high in his career.
With 23 points, Higgins Jr. now has 54 points from his last three games, including 27 in the second half of the last two competitions – both wins in the Patriot League. Fenton finished 3-of-6 from the ground and a clutch 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, including two from the Charity streak with seven seconds remaining to put the Mountain Hawks two ball possession before. On his first career start, Tyler Whitney-Sidney hit a career high of eight points in the first year while adding an assist and two steals with no turnover. Lehigh’s first years Higgins Jr. and Whitney-Sidney played together 65 minutes with no turnover. As a team, the Mountain Hawks had a season low of six that evening.
“The early years helped set the tone for a team that sometimes flips; having six turnovers a night was incredible,” said Reed. “And when you have a starting back space of two first graders who aren’t all that experienced and your team only flips it six times, that says a lot about their demeanor, their maturity, and the way in which they’ve developed, and” in Grown the preseason and outside of the league to now put them in that position where they can play a really, really good floor game in addition to their defensive performance. “
The Mountain Hawks went up in flames, taking their first three possession games to a 7-0 lead in just over a minute, with points from Wilson, Whitney-Sidney and Lynch. Six minutes later, the run continued when a jumper from Wilson gave him 14 points and Lehigh lost a 22-7 lead with 12:37 in the first half.
Nine points in less than six minutes? @jeameril_wilson feels it! 🔥
Watch it on ESPN + https://t.co/MXdBj5hzFT pic.twitter.com/TPiADPki8p
– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) Jan 5, 2022 Less than a minute later, Wilson was feeding Junior Evan Taylor, who with authority brought home a dunk.
From the @jeameril_wilson Slam to the @ Evant2415 Slam, wow 😱 What a start to this one
Watch it on ESPN + https://t.co/MXdBj5h1Ql pic.twitter.com/3Of6LTTh7S
– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) Jan 5, 2022 Lehigh led 26-12, the Raiders scoring seven straight goals to cut the lead in half. As the halfway progressed, Colgate drew closer and came within 33-30 before the Mountain Hawks scored eight of the next 10 points to take a 41-32 lead, en route to the 44-38 half-time advantage.
Colgate outperformed Lehigh, 23-15, to start the second half when a hooked shot from Keegan Records gave the Raiders their first lead, 56-55, at 13:09 in the second half. The teams swapped the lead in the minutes that followed before Colgate opened his biggest tours of the evening – 65-60, then 67-62.
But then Lehigh responded in a big way when a 10-0 run started with a Whitney-Sidney layup, including four points in a row from Wilson, followed by four in a row from Higgins Jr., to Lehigh with 72-67 in Bring leadership, with 3:26 on the clock.
Five down? The Mountain Hawks are going on a 10-0 run topped off by this @ keith_higgins15 tire. He adds one more and is up to a career high of 18! Lehigh 74, Colgate 69. 2:28 remaining.
Watch it on ESPN + https://t.co/MXdBj5h1Ql pic.twitter.com/3tSJkHiF66
– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) Jan 5, 2022 In the minutes that followed, Colgate drew several times within three, but Lehigh always replied, and although Tucker Richardson knocked down 3-pointers with 23 and eight seconds remaining, the Mountain Hawks were off Free-throw line in the last minute perfect to crown the victory.
For the game, Lehigh shot 50.0 percent out of the field (434 out of 68), including 38.1 percent out of the 3-point range (8 out of 21). Colgate finished with 51.6 percent (33 out of 64), but only 37.5 percent behind the arch (6 out of 16). The Raiders entered the game in eighth place in the nation with 3 points per game (11.1) and a 3 point percentage (39.1).
The Mountain Hawks will now travel to West Point on Friday to face the Army in a 2-0 Patriot League battle. The game time is set to 5:00 p.m. on ESPN +.