Lehigh Suffers Road Setback at Cornell

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12/30/2022 | 6:00 PM

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ITHACA, NY – The Lehigh men’s basketball team struggled to get in the groove offensively, falling to Cornell 96-64 inside of Newman Arena at Bartels Hall on Tuesday evening.

The Mountain Hawks (5-6) suffer their fifth loss on the road and drop the first meeting between the two programs since 2011, as the Big Red (8-3) remain undefeated inside the Newman Arena.

Lehigh tied the contest at 2-2, but Cornell would pull away from that point on, pushing the lead to 12 points, 19-7 with 11:58 to play in the first. The Mountain Hawks got back within 12 points, 31-19 before the Big Red went on a run and took a 47-26 lead into halftime.

6:53 – 1st! Taylor slashes into the paint and spins around a defender for an easy basket. Lehigh trails the Big Red 29-12. #GoLehigh

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— Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) December 20, 2022

In the second half, Cornell extended its lead to 33 points on several occasions, with its largest lead of 34 points, to keep a sizable margin ahead of Lehigh. Sophomore Keith Higgins Jr. recorded 14 of his season-high 21 points in the second half, but it was not enough as the Big Red claimed a 96-64 victory.

Higgins Jr. led the Mountain Hawks in scoring, steals and assists with 21 points, two steals and three assists. This is the seventh game that Higgins Jr. has reached double-digits and the first 20-point performance of the year.

After a turnover, Higgins Jr. DENIES Cornell from an easy bucket. #GoLehigh #PLTop3

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— Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) December 20, 2022

Seniors Jakob Alamudun and Evan Taylor also scored in double-figures, with Alamudun reaching a season-high 15 points to go with six rebounds and an assist while Taylor netted 10 points and a team-high eight boards, two assists and a steal. Taylor has now scored 10 or more points in nine games this season.

Lehigh brought down 31 rebounds and scored 30 points in the paint while Cornell recorded 40 rebounds and outscored the Mountain Hawks in the paint with 42 points.

The Mountain Hawks will open Patriot League play when they travel to Army West Point on Friday, Dec. 30. Tip-off is set for 6 pm and will be broadcast on ESPN+ and Fox Sports Radio 94.7 FM and 1230 AM.

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