Mountain Hawks complete weekend sweep up in Worcester

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01/30/2021 | 14 o’clock

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WORCESTER, Massachusetts – Behind a career best from Evan Taylor, Marques Wilson’s second half performance, Jalin Sinclair’s top nine assists, and four double-digit goalscorers, the Lehigh men’s basketball team (3-5, 1-3 Central.) ) completed the weekend sweep against the Holy Cross Crusaders.

“I was very pleased with our team’s performance today,” said head coach Brett Reed. “Everyone played their part today. We felt really good, our bench was full of energy and I know our boys were confident. On the offensive, I liked the looks we got. The ball moved, our boys got good, open looks. We had some very selfless games today. ”

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– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) January 25, 2021

For the second game in a row, the Brown-Whites used a flood of 3-pointers to get an early lead against the Crusaders. Three back-to-back threesomes from Ben Li and Jake Betlow made Lehigh look good. Halfway through the first half, Holy Cross went on a 19-8 run to balance things between the two teams. After the Crusaders took a 4-point lead 31-27, Lehigh went on his own 8-0 run after successive Evan Taylor jumpers. Holy Cross’s Austin Butler converted a three-point game in the final seconds to give the home team a 36-35 lead at halftime.

Fierce first half in Worcester!

Taylor: 11 points | 7 rebounds
Sinclair: 3 points | 6 assists

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– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) January 24, 2021

“We injured ourselves a little in the first half when we turned the ball,” said Reed. “A lot of their shots on goal came because our losses on the ball allowed them to come out during the transition. We accelerated a bit because of their defensive pressure. Fortunately we were able to make the adjustment at halftime. We reduced our losses and we found some great ways to get one to complement an aggressive, offensive style of attack with some defense activity. “

After scoring just four points in the first half, Marques Wilson broke out in the second half when the junior laid the team on their backs. Whether it was about forcing ball losses, converting three-point games, knocking down shots or debating his man from dribbling, Wilson scored 16 points in the last 20 minutes. The senior finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists.

“Marques was fantastic! Honestly, a big factor was the play of some of our other guards because he (Marques) didn’t always have to start with the ball upstairs.”

Make everything Marques !! SHOW YOU

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– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) January 24, 2021

SHOUT IT AND 111111111! Marques can feel it.

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– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) Jan 24, 2021 Coach Reed was right, with different guards performing for the browns and whites today. Freshman Jalin Sinclair had nine assists that season while Evan Taylor had his first double-double of his career. The runner-up finished the game with 16 points and a career high of 11 rebounds.

“Evan played extremely well for us today,” said Reed. “He was great in the defensive glass for us. A lot of them came from the zone areas where we needed to use our athleticism to take the basketball. Evan has the length, aggressiveness and ability to do that.”

Evan Taylor just hit his ninth rebound of the game, a career high for Taylor. # GoLehigh pic.twitter.com/dnziFbwZ6c

– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) January 24, 2021

“Jalin showed tremendous maturity today. It is really valuable to us to have a man who can see how games will develop in advance. He has the ability to build people. It is really impressive to do that as a freshman. “

After both teams swapped baskets early in the second half, Reed Fenton and Jeamerils Baskets took consecutive trips to a 50-49 lead for Lehigh with 12:17 remaining. The Mountain Hawks never looked back as Lehigh never lost the lead again. The 42 color points of the brown and white played an important role. Another important consideration was the fact that Holy Cross sent Lehigh to the foul line 12 minutes before the end of the game as the Crusaders struggled to defend without a foul. Lehigh’s ability to take free throws from the charity streak late in the game eventually drove her to victory. Plus, all nine players who played for Lehigh scored today.

With the two wins this weekend, Lehigh has gained momentum and will try to use the sweep this weekend as a launch pad for his final eight games.

“We have to keep defending the 3-point line, we have to keep defending without fouling, we have to keep the basketball rebounding. Over the course of this weekend we have continued to put the building blocks in place. If we can do these things effectively, we give ourselves up to be a much, much better team. ” finished Reed.

Lehigh’s next scheduled game was against Bucknell next weekend, but those games have been postponed. The Mountain Hawks will be ready to play next weekend if a conference opponent is available.

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