Nov. 19, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Lehigh continued the run of success for Patriot League teams in home openers by downing Fairfield 82-67 in a contest as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday at Stabler Arena.
C.J. McCollum led all scorers with 35 points on 12-of-21 from the field, including a highlight reel dunk. Gabe Knutson added 17 points, while Holden Greiner had seven points and 11 rebounds. McCollum scored 21 in the first half as Lehigh (2-2) opened up a 40-30 lead at the break and held a comfortable lead throughout the second half.
American (2-2) suffered a rare home loss for a Patriot League squad as it fell to San Francisco 67-53. The Eagles were within two points at the half before the Dons pulled away with a 16-5 run out of the locker room in the second half. Daniel Munoz led the Eagles with 16 points, while Stephen Lumpkins scored 13.
Patriot League teams are now 9-3 at home this year, and all eight squads have already won on their home floor. Lehigh will be back at Stabler Arena on Tuesday to close out the NIT Season Tip-Off against Penn, while Army is at St. Francis (NY), Navy visits TCU and Lafayette goes to Maryland.
Recaps and box scores from Monday night's action are included below.
at Lehigh 82, Fairfield 67 (NIT Season Tip-Off)
San Francisco 67 at American 53