Bethlehem, PA – Junior Matt Logie scored 18 points, shooting 4-of-9 from behind the three point arc, to lead Lehigh past New Hampshire 72-49 on Saturday evening at Stabler Arena. The win snapped a seven game losing streak for the Mountain Hawks and dropped New Hampshire to 1-7 on the season.
"We needed this win to get out of our slide and to build a little confidence," said head coach Sal Mentesana. "I thought we did an excellent job handling their pressure and our shooting, especially in the first half, was excellent."
The Mountain Hawks came out of the gates strong leading the Wildcats 37-17 at the half behind 14 first half points by Logie. Tough defense and sharp shooting behind the arc (7-of-17) allowed Lehigh to build the 20 point lead, which it would need at the start of the second half.
The Mountain Hawks went the first nine minutes of the second half without scoring but managed to maintain a substantial lead, never letting it slip below eight points. Full court trapping pressure by the Wildcats appeared to have knocked Lehigh out of rhythm but the Mountain Hawks recovered and held on for the win committing 12 turnovers under the pressure.
Senior Scott Taylor had an impressive night scoring seven points and pulling down ten rebounds. Junior Alan Goff scored 18 points, dished out three assists, and scrapped for four steals in the win. Sophomore Alex Jensen chipped in with nine points and three assists.
Assane Faye led New Hampshire with 14 points, ten of which came from the charity stripe. The Wildcat’s leading scorer, Austin Ganly (13.7 ppg.) was held to just two points on the evening and fouled out with five minutes to go in the game. New Hampshire struggled from the floor shooting just 24.6% while committing 18 turnovers.
Lehigh returns to action on Monday evening at Stabler Arena when the Mountain Hawks host Swarthmore at 7:00.