Mountain Hawks down Eastern 67-48 at Stabler
Posted: November 29, 2005
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh junior Kyle Neptune scored 18 points on six-of-nine shooting, pulling down seven rebounds in leading Lehigh to a 67-48 victory over visiting Eastern University at Stabler Arena on Tuesday night. Junior Jason Mgebroff scored a season-high 10 points, while freshman Greg Page added a career-high 10 points, including two thunderous dunks on fast breaks. The victory improves Lehigh’s record to 3-4 on the season, while the Eagles fall for the first time and drop to 3-1.
"I really liked the way we passed the ball tonight," said a pleased Head Coach Billy Taylor following the win. "We had 20 assists to only 15 turnovers, and many of those turnovers came towards the end of the game. It was nice to bounce back following Sunday's loss (at Villanova), but we have our work cut out for us coming up this weekend (at Cornell)."
Lehigh overcame a slow start to build a 35-23 advantage at halftime, thanks in large part to 12 first half points from Neptune. Junior Jose Olivero scored five points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out four assists in the first half of play.
The Mountain Hawks were sluggish at the onset of the second half, and saw their lead dwindle to two points, as Eastern used some nice ball movement and accurate three-point shooting to hang around for a good part of the second stanza. But Lehigh was able to use its depth and size to wear down the pesky Eagles, eventually pulling away for the victory. All 12 Lehigh players in uniform got into the lineup in the victory.
As a team, the Mountain Hawks shot 46% from the floor, while containing Eastern to a 32% clip on the night. Lehigh recorded five blocked shots for the game, led by Mike Fischman's two. Lehigh did struggle from the foul line, hitting on only 13 of 21 free throws, but it didn't matter as the Brown and White won its third game of the season.
Bobby Black was the lone Eagle in double figures, scoring 11 points.
Lehigh returns to the court on Sunday, when the Mountain Hawks visit Cornell. Game time is set for 1:00 pm from Ithaca, N.Y., and the action can be heard live on WLVR-FM (91.3) as well as on lehighsports.com with Matt Kerr beginning at 12:45 pm.