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Northwestern 61, Lehigh 59

From the AP story:Vedran Vukusic scored 25 points, including the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left, as Northwestern came back from a double-digit deficit to beat Lehigh 61-59 Sunday night in the first round of the Black Coaches Association Invitational.

After Vukusic's jumper from the corner, Evan Seacat recovered a loose ball on Lehigh's end of the court and was intentionally fouled by Mitch Gilfillan with 5.6 seconds left. Seacat made one free throw, and Vukusic, fouled on the inbound play, hit two more to put the game out of reach.
Northwestern (1-0) will face Charlotte in Monday's semifinals; Lehigh (0-1) will play Coppin State in the consolation bracket.

After trailing the entire first half, the Wildcats tied the game at 37 on a pair of Vince Scott free throws, then took their first lead, 40-38, on Scott's 3-pointer with 13:12 left.

After that, the lead changed 10 times before Vukusic's go-ahead shot, with neither team leading by more than three points until the final seconds.

Tim Doyle added 14 points for Northwestern.

Jose Olivero scored 16 of his 19 for Lehigh in the first half; his only second-half basket was a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left. Kyle Neptune added 16 for the Mountain Hawks, but fouled out with 2:18 left in the game. Bryan White had 11 rebounds.

Olivero scored the first eight points in a 10-2 Lehigh run in the first half, first hitting a pair of free throws, then sinking a pair of 3-pointers. Jason Mgebroff's layup with 11:12 left gave the Mountain Hawks an 18-7 lead.Some interesting notes . . . nowhere in the AP story, or in the Lehigh release, is Joe Knight mentioned. A check of the boxscore shows why: Knight did not play. Nothing in Lehigh's release, or in the pregame notes and releases on their site, indicates why Knight was MIA. For Lehigh to nearly knock off a Big Ten team, even one like Northwestern, while playing without Knight, bodes well for the Hawks, assuming Knight is not lost for an extended period of time.

Other good news for Lehigh: Rebounding was expected to be an issue for the Mountain Hawks this season, but against Northwestern Lehigh had a 37-24 edge on the glass.

Also of interest . . . it appears that Jason Mgebroff did not start last night . . . he played just 12 minutes, finishing with 2 points and 3 rebounds . . . 7-foot savior John Gourlay apparently is, as most Patriot League freshmen of his size are, a work in progress. The highly touted frosh from Arkansas played only 2 minutes, the "2" under minutes being the only number other than "0" in his line in the box score . . . Canadian frosh Greg Page also saw just two minutes of PT . . . with Knight out, freshman Matt Szalachowski played 16 minutes off the bench in relief of starter Mitch Gilfillan at the point . . . 19 turnovers that led to 19 NU points proved to be Lehigh's Achilles heel. Five of the TOs were by Olivero . . . Gilfillan and Szalachowski combined had only 4, but they also had just 4 assists between them . . . Lehigh plays again at 2 p.m. eastern, facing Coppin State, which lost 82-65 to Charlotte.

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