Schaefer, Kempton lead Lehigh past DePaul 86-74 - ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Corey Schaefer had 17 points and five assists while Tim Kempton added 16 points with 11 rebounds, pushing Lehigh past DePaul 86-74 on Wednesday night.
Schaefer, Kempton lead Lehigh past DePaul 86-74 - ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Corey Schaefer had 17 points and five assists while Tim Kempton added 16 points with 11 rebounds, pushing Lehigh past DePaul...
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DePaul loses to Lehigh's 3-pointers, 86-74 - Corey Schaefer had 17 points and five assists while Tim Kempton added 16 points with 11 rebounds, pushing Lehigh past DePaul 86-74 on Wednesday night.The Mountain Hawks (1-4) shot 56.9 percent from the field, hit nine 3-pointers and went 19 of 21 on free throws. Austin Price chipped in 14 points and Justin Goldsborough added 10 as the two combined to go a perfect 9 of 9 from the floor.Lehigh used an early 13-2 run fueled by Schaefer's 3-pointer and a pair of baskets from Goldsborough to lead 23-9 at the midway mark in the first half. A jumper from Kempton along with Goldsborough's dunk put the Mountain Hawks ahead comfortably, 69-54 with 8:37 remaining.DePaul (2-1) had four players in double figures, but couldn't keep pace with Lehigh's efficient shooting, finishing 22 of 60 overall. Myke Henry led the Blue Demons with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
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Villanova vs. Lehigh final score: Wildcats struggle early, close strong for 77-66 win - That wasn't pretty, but it was a W.
It may not have been a true home game for the Villanova Wildcats, and the rims were not friendly at first. But Dylan Ennis led 'Nova with 19 points as the 'Cats took care of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 77-66 at the new PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Friday night.
Ryan Arcidiacono chipped in 15 points and seven boards, while Ochefu led the 'Cats with 9 rebounds, while Austin Price led the Hawks with 24 points.
It was a relatively dysfunctional game for both sides, with Lehigh committing HOW MANY turnovers and Villanova missing approximately two zillion 3-pointers in the first half. But thankfully, Villanova started to hit a bit of a hot streak from behind the 3-point line, and Lehigh's lack of ball control caused their demise.
After multiple turnovers that hometown boy Darrun Hilliard was able to convert for points, Lehigh allowed Dylan Ennis and Kris Jenkins to get open for deep shots that extended a 4-point lead into a 10-point lead in no time, and JayVaughn Pinkston's emphatic and-1 bucket gave Villanova an edge that they would not relinquish.
Sophomore center Tim Kempton helped Lehigh get on the board quick with six points in the first two minutes, including one on a nice Dirk-esque jumper. The offense truly ran through Kempton early and often, as he had the first three baskets and assisted on the fourth, and Lehigh took a 10-4 lead into the first meda timeout. Ochefu was stuck on the bench for a large chunk of the first half with two fouls, and that allowed Kempton to corral some bad Hawks shots and keep Lehigh in the lead.
The Wildcat defense looked relatively strong otherwise, forcing the Hawks into many early turnovers, including a 10-second violation. Lehigh had double-digit turnovers in the first half. Josh Hart, Dylan Ennis, and Ryan Arcidiacono all saw themselves diving, jumping, or lunging to save balls from going out-of-bounds or grab loose balls. The scrappiness we've seen from Villanova in the past was not missing.
Hart and Kris Jenkins were unsurprisingly the first to come off the bench for Wright's crew, replacing Ochefu and Hilliard. Hilliard missed his first four 3-point attempts, and he was not alone in that regard. Villanova guards were certainly "sleeping in the streets" early. Arch started 1-6 and Ennis started 1-5 to go along with Hilliard's 0-4, and overall the 'Cats shot 3-23 from beyond the arc in the first half, but went into halftime with a 32-30 lead.
Sometimes the shots don't fall from deep. With Villanova, that can happen relatively often. Sometimes, the other team doesn't hit from deep either. Lehigh was 1-7 from that department in the first half. But it was clear that Lehigh did something about it.
The Hawks stormed out of the gates to start the second half and made three quick 3-pointers to open a 5-point lead over 'Nova just a few minutes in, causing Wright to call timeout.
After looking extremely sloppy in the opening minutes of the game, Lehigh started to put it all together, with lots of crisp passing and some key rebounds that led to more points, mostly thanks to Kempton. They were up 43-38 before two JayVaughn Pinkston free throws and Hilliard's first 3-pointer of the night tied the game up at 48.
Outside of missing a lot of deep shots, Arcidiacono clearly led the team through the rough stretch right after halftime. A few key steals, layups and assists gave Villanova a 54-50 lead with 10:27 left and forced Lehigh to use a timeout. Ball control was going to be key if Lehigh was going to win, and for long periods of time tonight, they lacked precision.
Hilliard and Arch helped the 'Nova defense get consecutive steals leading to a dunk and free throws, and from there the Wildcats started to pull away.
Phil Booth looked solid in his debut, both with ball-handling and passing. The moment was not too big for him, and using the extremely large sample size of one game and five minutes, I'd say he will definitely earn his minutes this year.
Neither Booth or Bridges saw significant time in the second half, likely because Wright needed to play it close to the vest with such a close game at hand.
Note: Kempton is the son of former NBA player Tim Kempton Sr., who played college ball at Notre Dame and spent time with many teams in the pros. He's currently the voice of the Phoenix Suns.
Lehigh vs. Villanova: Halftime Notes - - It's been an auspicious start to the season for the Villanova Wildcats. Although they lead by two after the first 20 minutes, they've struggled mightily. They've shot 27.8 percent from the field on 36 attempts, and have an abysmal mark from the 3-point line, converting on only 13.6 percent of their 22 opportunities. This was a team that was one of the most efficient in the country last year. Now, though, they've started off poorly.
- Ryan Arcidiacono leads the way with nine points at the half for the 'Cats, but has done so on just 2-9 from the floor. He's 1-6 from the 3-point line, as his line really entails the struggles that this team has had. Meanwhile, Darrun Hilliard, the most efficient returnee in the entire conference, has gotten off to a bad start. He's only shot 18.1 percent (2-11 FG) and has missed each of his six 3-point attempts.
- Lehigh's Tim Kempton has been the best player on the floor so far. He has 11 points and shot 55.5 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of the game. He also had six rebounds.
- Villanova is currently out rebounding Lehigh 22-19, but Lehigh has outrebounded them on the defensive side, 18-13.
Enjoy the 2nd half, Villanova fans. And don't get too anxious.
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Villanova Returns a Ton of Talent
Coming into this season, the Wildcats are far and away the favorite to win a second consecutive Big East regular season title, and with good reason. Nova returns four of five starters that make up 79.5 percent of the offense from a team that ranked second in the conference in scoring. Leading the charge for the 'Cats are seniors JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard, both arguably among the 100 best players in the country.
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The big challenge for the returning starters is replacing last season's leading scorer James Bell. Bell was a physical guard who could not only score with the best of them, but he was also a beast on the boards, finishing tied for the team-lead in rebounds per game. It'll be interesting to see if these four returnees, along with sophomore Josh Hart, can make Wildcat fans forget Bell sooner than later.
30th Anniversary of the 1985 National Championship Team
This game will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1985 National Championship season with legendary coach Rollie Massimino. The 'Cats made one of the most miraculous runs in the history of the NCAA Tournament, as a No. 8 seed no less, finishing off the miraculous journey with a 66-64 win over heavily favored Georgetown. Ever since then, it seems as if every Wildcat team has dwelled in the shadow of that squad, no more than this team that plays in the 30th anniversary season. What a story it would be then for this team to be the next Nova team to win the NCAA Tournament.
Beyond that, it marks the 30th season of coaching for head man Jay Wright, who coached underneath Massimino for seven season. Therefore, it would only add to the story if this was the season in which Wright finally led his team to the championship that has eluded him time after time.
Wildcats Attempt to Stop Kempton
Much like Villanova, Lehigh provides an experienced roster, as the Mountain Hawks begin this season with four returning starters. Unlike the 'Cats though, Lehigh only went 14-18 and most definitely were not the conference champions of the Patriot League.
The top returner for the Mountain Hawks is talented sophomore center Tim Kempton. Last season, Kempton finished second on the team in points per game (13.0) and first on the team in rebounds per game (7.1) as he recorded eight double-doubles on the season. He was also extremely efficient from the field, shooting 51.5 percent. As a result, Kempton earned the Patriot League Rookie of the Year honor, and was named to the Kyle Macy Freshman All-American Team. He'll most likely be paired up against Daniel Ochefu, which should make for a great inside battle all game.
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