Lafayette beats American U 78-65 behind Klinewski’s 23
EASTON, Pa. (AP) Matt Klinewski scored 23 points with eight rebounds, Nick Lindner added 19 and made six 3-pointers, and Lafayette beat American U 78-65 on Wednesday night, avenging a 71-57 loss to the Eagles earlier this season.
Klinewski’s jumper put Lafayette up for good 18-17 and the Leopards led 36-28 at halftime behind his 10 points.
Lindner hit his first 3 of the second half and the Leopards led 43-32. They led 50-39 after his second 3 and 62-50 after his third with 7:10 to play. Lindner and Paulius Zalys made consecutive 3s, Lafayette led by 13 and the Eagles got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Zalys scored 15 points, Kyle Stout had 10 with seven rebounds for Lafayette (8-18, 4-11 Patriot), who made 10 of 25 from behind the arc to American’s 5 of 20.
Mark Gasperini had 20 points and Sa’eed Nelson scored 18 for American (6-20, 3-12).