ROOKIES PAYING DIVIDENDS FOR LAFAYETTE

January 22, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
Lafayette is going through another season of the losses outweighing the wins in men’s basketball but the future looks promising with some of the new faces on head coach Fran O’Hanlon’s squad. Two freshmen are among the top four scorers on the team led by Alex Petrie from Midlothian, Virginia. Petrie was a 2,000 point scorer there at St. Christopher’s High School and is the 2nd leading scorer for the Leopards averaging 12.6 ppg after the 75-72 loss to Navy Wednesday. Petrie hit a three with 5.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 72-72 only to see Bryce Dulin of the Middies win it at the buzzer.

In the last home game prior to Navy January 8, the 6-3 guard hit a three with one second left to force overtime against Bucknell but alas, the Bison went on to win 80-75. Petrie set the Lafayette’s freshman single-game scoring record earlier this season with 29 points against Holy Cross.

Fellow freshman Justin Jaworski is the team’s 3rd leading scorer averaging 10.5 ppg. and hit a three with 3.0 second left in regulation to beat Colgate January 5th. His career best was 24 points at Drexel in the 7th game of the season. Jaworski played high school ball at Perkiomen Valley averaging 22.2 points his senior year.

The Leopards fell to 4-14 overall after the Navy setback, 2-5 in Patriot League play. There hasn’t been much to celebrate on College Hill since Lafayette won the Patriot League Championship in 2015, their 4th overall, but these two along with sophomore Kyle Stout from Parkland, provide hope for more wins in the next few years.