Lehigh Holds Off Men's Basketball With Late Run
Feb. 21, 2018
BALTIMORE - A Brent Holcombe 3-pointer with 5:01 left in regulation on Wednesday night pulled Loyola University Maryland within a point, but Lehigh University hit threes of their own on consecutive possessions and pulled away for an 80-74 Patriot League victory at Reitz Arena.
Holcombe missed his first look at a three, but Cam Gregory grabbed the offensive rebound and gave it back to Holcombe on the top-left of the perimeter, and he knocked down his second attempt to make it 63-62 in Lehigh's favor.
The Mountain Hawks, who have won seven in a row, got their own second-chance three. Pat Andree misfired on an attempt from behind the arc, and Lehigh retained possession as the ball skidded out of bounds off the Greyhounds.
Kahron Ross then knocked down a three at 4:28, pushing the Mountain Hawks' advantage to four. After a Loyola turnover, Lehigh again had an offensive rebound off a missed three, and Marques Wilson connected at 3:06, staking the Mountain Hawks to a seven-point advantage.
Andre Walker made a 25-foot three for Loyola at 2:47, but the Greyhounds did not draw closer than four the rest of the game.
Walker finished with a team-high 19 points, while Gregory had seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Kostecka added 14 points for the Greyhounds.
Lehigh built a seven-point lead on a Wilson jumper 10:02 into the first half, but Loyola scored eight-straight points to go up, 22-21, for its first lead since it was 4-2.
The game featured nine lead changes thereafter with Loyola taking its final advantage, 43-42, with 16:55 in the second half on a Champion three.
Pat Andree, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Lehigh, scored on the Mountain Hawks' next possession, and they led the rest of the game.
Ross led Lehigh with 20 points, while Andree and Wilson each had 15.
The Greyhounds close their 2017-2018 regular-season on Saturday, February 24, with a CBS Sports Network telecast at the U.S. Naval Academy. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.