Update: Lafayette won in overtime 84-79 after the teams finished regulation time tied at 69. The win is the Leopards’ most impressive of the year and raises their record to 5-14, 2-4 in the league
The Lafayette College men’s basketball team will seek its second Patriot League win today at American University’s Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.
Lafayette (4-12, 1-4 in the league) has lost its last two games to the Eagles. ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives American an 83.4 percent chance of victory.
American’s Sa’eed Nelson was the pre-season league player of the year. The Eagles lost their last game, 83-76, at Lehigh University on Wednesday.
Kenpom.com ranks Lafayette No. 314 out of 353 Division 1 teams, while American (8-8, 2-3 in the league) is No. 189.
Lafayette’s only league victory was against was an 85-70 win over Loyola-MD at home in Easton. The Leopard’s other two Division 1 wins came over LaSalle University (currently 3-13) and Fairleigh Dickinson (6-10). The team also has a win over Rosement College, a Division 3 school near Philadelphia.
Lafayette has 13 league games left, and would need to go 7-6 to reach 10 Division 1 wins in the regular season. The team is also guaranteed one game in the Patriot League tournament.
Head Coach Fran O’Hanlon (317-381 lifetime) juggled his lineup a bit for Wednesday’s game against the U.S. Naval Academy at home, starting freshman center Sean Good for the first time, but the result was the same as the Midshipmen won 85-77. The Leopards’ scoring was again dominated by the sophomore shooters, Justin Jaworski (20 points) and Alex Petrie (15), with 17 points from senior Paulius Zalys.