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Lafayette Eyes Upset at West Virginia Sunday

November 15, 2014

Lafayette at West Virginia
Sunday, Nov. 16 | 3 p.m. | WVU Coliseum
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LAST TIME OUT
The Leopards scored the first fve points and never looked back, cruising to a 77-50 season-opening win over Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. on Friday evening. Senior Dan Trist led the way from the block scoring 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the feld. Sophomore point guard Nick Lindner added 18, while senior captain Seth Hinrichs chipped in with 15, all in the frst half. The Maroon and White led from the opening tip to the fnal buzzer ballooning a 20-point halftime lead to a 40-point advantage with just over three minutes remaining and cruising to the 27-point win. The victory was the frst by more than 20 points since a 79-54 win over Immaculata a season ago and the biggest win since Jan. 30, 2013, a 29-point defeat of Colgate.

NAVIGATING THE COUNTRY ROADS
West Virginia, looking to improve upon a 17-16 record a season ago, opened its season with a victory over Monmouth on Friday evening, 64-54. The Mountaineers struggled from the feld, going just 18-for-69 from the foor (26.1%), but 49 rebounds, including 30 on the offensive side of the foor were the difference. The Navy and Gold are led by sophomore Devin Williams, who posted a points-rebounds double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds against the Hawks. Additionally, senior guard Juwan Staten was the leading scorer in the game with 20 points on 4-of-9 shooting and 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.

UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BED
Lafayette improved to 65-41 all-time in season openers, including a 23-23 mark in season-opening games on the road with a 77-50 victory at Robert Morris on Friday evening. The Leopards started the season on the road for the 17th time in head coach Fran O’Hanlon’s 20 seasons. During his tenure, Lafayette is 8-9 in season openers away from Kirby Sports Center and 9-11 overall on opening night.

MANNING THE BENCH
Sunday afternoon’s contest matches up two of the more successful coaches in NCAA history. Lafayette’s Fran O’Hanlon has posted 270 wins in his career in his 20th season on the sideline for the Leopards, while West Virginia’s Bob Huggins has tallied 741 wins in 36 years on the bench. Huggins is in the midst of his eighth season with his alma mater, a class of 1977 Mountaineer graduate.

LAFAYETTE VS. THE BIG 12
West Virginia is the frst of a pair of Big 12 opponents the Leopards will face this season, also traveling to Kansas on Dec. 20. All-time, Lafayette is 1-4 against Big 12 opponents, with its lone win coming against the Mountaineers on Jan. 23, 1973, a 61-60 victory in Easton. The Maroon and White have also matched up with Baylor and Kansas State in their history.

STARTING WITH A BANG
Coach O’Hanlon’s bunch has never turned away from a challenge and the Lafayette schedule is certainly that to start the 2014-15 campaign. The Leopards’ frst three opponents went a combined 60-39 a season ago and all advanced to a postseason tournament. Robert Morris fnished 2013-14 at 22-14 overall and fell in the second round of the NIT to Belmont, West Virginia went 17-16 on the season and dropped its opening-round game in the NIT to Georgetown, and Princeton went 21-9 and ended its season with a second-round loss in the CBI to Fresno State.

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