Nov. 24, 2004
BETHLEHEM, PA - The Lehigh University men's basketball team used 24 points off of 18 offensive rebounds and took advantage of some poor shooting by Sacred Heart University to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 58-52 win over the Pioneers in a non-conference game Wednesday night.
Sacred Heart, now 1-2, got off to a slow start and fell behind 5-0 in the first three minutes. At the midway point of the first half, the Pioneers had scored just nine points but still trailed just 13-9. Some inside work by junior center Kibwe Trim and freshman Ryan Howard sparked the Pioneers into a 21-18 lead with 4:15 left in the half.
A three by Erik Smith tied the game for Lehigh with 2:48 left. The Mountain Hawks continued to pour it on and finished 11-0 run over the remainder of the period to take a 29-21 lead into the locker room.
The Mountain Hawks, 1-2, took control of the game in the second half and opened up a 47-31 bulge midway through the period. It looked as though the Mountain Hawks would cruise to the win with a 55-42 lead with under four minutes remaining. The Pioneers had other ideas.
A 10-0 run saw the Pioneers claw back within three at 55-52 after a Jarrid Frye layup with :27 left. Forced to foul with the clock running down junior Joe Knight nailed a pair of free throws for Lehigh with :22 left to put his team back up by five and the Pioneers weren't able to get any closer.
The Mountain Hawks were led by sophomore center Jason Mgebroff with 13 points, while sophomore guard Jose Olivero added ten. Lehigh outrebounded the Pioneers 48-39.
Trim led all scorers in the game for the Pioneers with 21 points. He also had a game-high ten rebounds. Frye finished the game with 12 points. The Pioneers struggled on offense all night and finished the game shooting just 32 percent (19-58) and just one of 13 from three-point range.