Patriot League Men's Basketball Gameday: Dec. 20

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Mackey McKnight had 25 points and seven assists for Lehigh on Thursday.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Mackey McKnight had 25 points and seven assists for Lehigh on Thursday.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Dec. 20, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Playing without the nation's leading scorer, Lehigh still had little trouble putting up points and blew out North Texas 90-75 on Thursday night.

Lehigh extended its winning streak to eight as the Mountain Hawks improve to 9-2 after 11 games. It marks their best start after 11 games since the 1925-26 season (87 years) while the eight-game winning streak is their longest in the regular season since that same campaign.

Lehigh blew the game open in the first half, finishing the period on a 34-12 run to take a 52-33 advantage into the break. The lead rose as high as 21 points as Lehigh was up by double digits throughout the second half on its way to the 15-point win. Gabe Knutson led the way with 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting, while Mackey McKnight totaled 25 points and seven assists. Lehigh had another strong shooting night both overall (32-of-66) and from three-point range (11-of-23) while holding North Texas to 1-of-11 from beyond the arc.

The Mountain Hawks played without preseason All-American C.J. McCollum, who missed the first game of his collegiate career with a mild ankle injury. Nearly 60 NBA scouts were in attendance to see McCollum and North Texas' Tony Mitchell, who scored 22 points.

Lehigh played its final game before the holidays. The other seven Patriot League teams have their last action before Christmas break on Saturday.

The recap and box score from Thursday night's game are included below.

Lehigh 90 at North Texas 75
Box Score | Video Recap