Lafayette Leopards (1-4, last season 13-18)
2 p.m. Saturday, Kirby Sports Center, Easton Pa.
season, 239-256 at Lafayette
Levi Giese, senior, forward, 6-foot-9,
6.4 ppg. 4.4 rpg. Nathanial Musters, freshman, center, 6-foot-10, 0.4 ppg, 1.8
rpg. Tony Johnson, senior, guard, 6-foot-0, 12.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.4 apg. Joey
Ptasinski, sophomore, guard, 6-foot-2, 12.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg. Seth
Hinrichs, sophomore, guard, 6-foot-7, 15.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg.
: Alan Flanagan, sophomore, forward, 6-foot-8,
1.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg. Zach Rufer, freshman, guard, 6-foot-1, 2.6 ppg. 3.8 rpg, 2.4
The Leopards suffered a huge blow before their
101-49 blowout loss to No. 3 Kentucky, losing senior center Dan Trist to an
ankle injury suffered in a morning shoot around. Before the injury, the
6-foot-9 Australian had scored 22 and 32 points respectively in the Leopards
first two games. Trist’s thrust freshman
and fellow Aussie Nathanial Musters into the starting lineup, and the results
have been less than spectacular—though in fairness Musters’ three starts have
come against Kentucky, Morehead State and Maryland. Still, if Trist can’t play,
that would be good news for a Princeton front line that hasn’t quite found it’s
rhythm yet in the early going.
What the Leopards do have is a solid backcourt with senior
Tony Johnson and sophomore Joey Ptasinski, both of whom have been scoring the
ball extremely effectively through Lafayette’s first three games. As a freshman
last season, Ptasinski shot over 45 percent from beyond the three-point line,
so the Tigers will have to make sure they are aren’t late on their closeouts.
One player who has stepped up dramatically after Trist’s
injury has been sophomore wing, who scored 20 points in the Leopards’ 83-74
loss to the Terrapins. That figures to set up an interesting matchup with Ian
By Saturday, it will have been seven days
since Trist hurt is ankle. Will that be enough time for him to bounce back?
Princeton certainly showed a lot more positives
against Syracuse than the Leopards did against Kentucky. Even with Trist, the
Tigers should have an advantage down low and the best player on the court in
Hummer. Princeton 61, Lafayette 55.