EASTON, Pa. (AP) Dan Trist scored 24 points – 20 in the first half – and Lafayette held on to an early lead to beat Army 74-64 on Saturday and clinch the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament.
Lafayette (17-12, 9-9) will play fifth-seeded Boston University on Thursday in the quarterfinals. No. 10 Army (15-14, 6-12) will open tournament play against seventh-seeded Navy on Tuesday.
The Leopards were up 41-31 at the half and led by as many as 15 until a run from the Black Knights, including layups from Dylan Cox and Kyle Wilson, cut the difference to six with 9:14 to play. Army’s Tanner Plomb made it a two-point game with 3:59 remaining, but Nick Lindner answered with five straight points to keep the Leopards in front.
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Lindner had 15 points and nine assists.
Plomb finished with 23 points and Wilson added 22 for the Black Knights.