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Lafayette 81, Lehigh 76

EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Sean Knitter and Jamaal Douglas scored 16
points apiece and Lafayette held off a late Lehigh rally to
preserve an 81-76 win on Saturday.

Jamaal Hilliard scored 15 points and Bilal Abdullah added 12,
and each hit multiple free throws in the final minute to preserve
the win for the Leopards (8-18, 5-9 Patriot League).

Lafayette held a 35-26 lead at the half and stretched the margin
to 72-58 after Knitter's layup with 2:24 remaining. The Leopards
held a 75-65 lead with 1:03 remaining.

Erik Smith hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds to go and Kyle
Neptune stole the inbounds pass and tipped in the rebound of a
missed shot to make the score 75-70 with 44 seconds left. Jose
Olivero's foul shots and layup brought Lehigh (13-14, 7-7) within
one, 75-74.

But Abdullah and Hilliard each made a pair of free throws to
give Lafayette a 79-74 lead with 11 seconds remaining. Jason
Mgebroff hit a jumper with eight seconds left but Hilliard iced the
game with two more free throws for the final margin.

Joe Knight scored 21 points for Lehigh while Mgebroff had 18 and
Kyle Neptune added 11.

Lafayette used an early 22-7 run to grab a 10-point lead less
than 10 minutes into the game, but Knight had six points in a 12-1
Lehigh spurt that gave the Mountain Hawks a 24-23 lead with 5:17
left in the half. Lafayette had another 10-0 run, with Douglas
contributing two 3-pointers in the last 48 seconds, for the
nine-point halftime lead.