Lafayette Survives A Late Comeback From CCSU

By: Ethan Hennessy

Catonsville Maryland

Lafayette and Central Connecticut State both entered Saturday afternoon’s game seeking win number one on the young season. The two teams were squaring off in a true neutral site game inside of Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena on the campus of UMBC. This game was part of the three team round robin multi-team event hosted by the Retrievers. Lafayette jumped out to a 21-3 lead ten minutes through the game. Central Connecticut turned the ball over five times through the first eight minutes of the game and Lafayette capitalized with eleven points off turnovers through that time. The Blue Devils also started the game shooting 1-10 from the field.

Lafayette senior Leo O’Boyle with his signature smooth as butter three point shot knocked down two triples early including converting an and-one. Nigel Scantlebury finally got CCSU going hitting a three to ensure CCSU’s streak of games with at least one three extended to 215 straight games. The Blue Devils started to find a little bit of rhythm offensively once the lid was taken off the basket, but after spotting Lafayette such a big lead to start off they could not pull close before halftime. Lafayette took a 31-17 lead into the break.

In the second half Central Connecticut State trimmed the lead down to eight. However, the Leopards responded with timely threes from Kyle Jenkins and T.J. Berger. Despite holding a comfortable lead in the beginning of the second half Leopards coach Mike Jordan was getting on his guys about not running their offense they way he wanted and could be heard yelling from the sidelines about who should be setting screens.

CCSU made a furious comeback in the final few minutes. They went on a 16-2 run to cut the game to five at one point, but Lafayette came away with the win 55-50. Leo O’Boyle finished the game with 16 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Kyle Jenkins had 14 points, six rebounds, and two assists. The pair combined to shoot 5-9 from three. Blue Devils Patrick Sellers said after the game “They did a good job of getting the ball and driving it from the corners, and fording us to help. They got a lot of corner kicks… in the second half we tried to make the adjustment to not help off of guys in the corner. That helped us some to take away some of their offense but they were good.”

The win marks the first in Mike Jordan’s tenure at Lafayette he laughed while telling me after the game “Its good to get the 300 ton gorilla off my back”.

Up next for CCSU they will stay in Catonsville to play UMBC tomorrow at 1 PM. Lafayette welcomes the Penn Quakers to Easton for their home opener on Wednesday.

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