EASTON, Pa. –
The Lafayette men's basketball team fought through a tough offensive night to force overtime with Cornell on Wednesday evening at Kirby Sports Center
, but the Big Red controlled the extra session to drop the Leopards by a 63-58 score.
Junior Myles Cherry
recorded his second career double-double, accompanying 14 points with a career-high 17 rebounds, the first 15-plus rebound performance since Matt Klinewski '18 registered 16 against FDU in 2015. The Leopards as a team dominated on the glass by a 51-37 margin, the first outing of 50 or more rebounds since 2014.
The Leopards controlled the opening half, stretching their lead as high as 11 at 25-14 midway through the stanza, but Cornell pulled within four at the break, 27-24, and the second half was played within two buckets throughout.
Back-to-back triples from Cornell's Jake Kuhn after Lafayette had taken a three-point lead swung momentum to the visiting side with just about six minutes to go, but a Justin Jaworski
three and a Cherry lay-in made it a one-point game into the final stretch, 41-40, with 4:54 to play. The game stayed within one possession to the final minute as a Cornell layup with 27 seconds left made it 52-49.
After a flustered possession, the Leopards earned the ball back and called timeout with 11 seconds to play. The idea was simple. If sophomore Alex Petrie
was open, from anywhere, shoot it. The sophomore obliged, drilling a triple from deep on the left wing to tie it at 52-52. Cornell's Matt Morgan had a runner at the buzzer fall off the left rim and the game moved to an extra session.
Petrie's jumper kicked off the overtime, but that was the lone bright spot in an extra period controlled by the visitors. Cornell opened up a four-point lead with 54 seconds left and that advantage was never surrendered, watching the clock run out on a 63-58 final.
Petrie finished with 12 points on the night, while Jaworski added 15, but the Leopards overall weren't offensively efficient with just nine assists to 13 turnovers. The Maroon and White were 24-of-67 from the floor (35.8%) and 3-of-17 from three-point range (17.6%), both season-lows.
The Leopards remain home through the weekend still searching for their first home victory. Lafayette welcomes Sacred Heart on Sunday for a 2 p.m. clash with the Pioneers.