February 28, 2018
By: Steve Degler
In late January, the Lehigh men's basketball team was mired in a four game losing streak. Three of the losses were by four points or less. The Mountain Hawks found themselves 3-7 in the Patriot League. They haven't lost since.
Brett Reed's team has rattled off eight consecutive victories to finish in a tie for third in the final league standings. Lehigh will host Boston University in a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal Thursday night. Tip-off at Stabler Arena is at 7:00 PM and the game can be seen on SE 50/550 HD.
Several factors have led to the turnaround. The defense has improved greatly. In two of the losses in the four game skid, the Mountain Hawks allowed 90+ points. The only time they've allowed close to that during the current winning streak was in an overtime victory against regular season champion Bucknell.
A second key has been turnovers. A lack of them. The Mountain Hawks have taken care of the ball. They had just nine turnovers in the regular season finale against Lafayette. When you don't give the ball away, your opponents are less likely to get easy points in transition and you are more likely to get good looks at the basket.
Which leads to a big reason why the Mountain Hawks have been surging. They have been putting up big numbers from three-point range. Lehigh averages 9.8 made three-pointers per game and shoots 40.9% from beyond the arc. Lance Tejada and Pat Andree have combined to make 153 triples and Kahron Ross (the lone senior) and Kyle Leufroy have added a total of 70 more.
The Mountain Hawks and the Terriers split their two regular season meeting. Each team won on its home floor. The Mountain Hawks have won four straight at Stabler Arena. Here's hoping the streak hits nine for the Mountain Hawks.