Sophomore guard Miles Simelton prepares to dodge past a Boston University defender at Stabler Arena on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Simelton decided to transfer after two years with the program. (Chris Barry/B&W Photo)

Men’s basketball extends winning streak to three with win over Loyola


The Lehigh men’s basketball team came out strong Saturday night, defeating Loyola University (Maryland) 69-63 at Reitz Arena.

In the last two minutes of play Loyola saw an opportunity for a comeback, but in the end Lehigh came up victorious.

Both teams showed great offense in the first half. There were a total of five lead changes and three ties, but Lehigh came up on top as the half came to an end, leading 36-31.

In the beginning of the second half, Lehigh attacked the Loyola defense, going on a 7-0 run until the Loyola offense scored a basket in the paint to put them back in the game. Loyola began the second half slow, missing a few open shots and turning over the ball to the Mountain Hawks’ tight defense.

The Mountain Hawks were able to capitalize on opportunities that were presented to them in order to keep the lead throughout the second half. Sophomore forward/center Tim Kempton led the charge with a total of 18 points, shooting seven of 11 from the field and four of five from the free throw line. Throughout the game, the Mountain Hawks were composed and were able to hold off many of Loyola’s charges.

Lehigh improves to 13-10 overall and 7-5 in the Patriot League, moving up to third place in the conference. Its next game will be at home against American University on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

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