Egan, Bulldogs get offensive
Northern Lehigh's Matt Egan topped his previous career high in points on Friday night and he did it before the first quarter ended.
It was that kind of night for Egan and the Bulldogs.
Egan came out on fire and never cooled off as Northern Lehigh rolled to an 88-75 Colonial League victory over Notre Dame.
Egan, who finished with 26 points, was one of five Bulldog players in double figures.
"Northern Lehigh shot the ball unbelievably well in the first quarter," said Notre Dame coach Pat Boyle. "I didn't think there was anyway they could continue to shoot like that, but they did.
"Matt Egan hurt us early and it seemed to be contagious. All of their players shot the ball well. It was a rough night for us defensively."
Egan was 5-for-6 from the field hitting all three of his three-point shots in an opening quarter that saw him score 13 points. That was two points better than his previous career-high.
"I hit my first shot and then just kept getting more and more confident with each shot I made," said Egan. "But I got plenty of support from my teammates. We have a lot of offensive weapons on this team, so I usually don't need to look for my shot as much.
"As a point guard, my job is usually to distribute the ball. Tonight, it was nice to be able contribute to the scoring as well."
Egan certainly did that.
Behind his hot hand, Northern Lehigh (8-3, 5-3) build an early double-figure lead before settling for a 28-22 advantage after one quarter.
Despite a blistering early pace that saw the Bulldogs hit 14 of their first 22 shots (64 percent), Notre Dame was hanging tough and trailed just 32-28 with under three minutes left in the half.
But Egan scored seven more points to close out the quarter as No. Lehigh opened a 42-30 halftime lead.
"Matt was phenomenal tonight," said Bulldog coach Jeff Miller. "We ask him to do a lot of things for us, so he usually doesn't get the opportunity to focus on his scoring.
"But tonight he shot the ball with a lot of confidence and showed the offensive ability he has."
If Notre Dame (7-6, 6-2) had any hopes of getting back in the game, the Bulldogs took care of that with an 11-0 run early in the third quarter that pushed the advantage to 53-33. The lead was still above 20 points with just over three minutes remaining in the game before a late ND run made it more respectable.
In addition to Egan's big night, the Bulldogs also got 24 points from Josh Eden. Tyler Dibilio added 15 points, Lucas Pierce had 11 points and Caleb Johnson had an impressive double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
"We did a nice job of bouncing back from Tuesday's loss to Saucon Valley," said Miller. "That's something we have done very well in my years here at Northern Lehigh. "This year's team has great senior leadership and that's a key.
"We got off to a great start tonight and just fed off that the rest of the way. It was a nice win against a good Notre Dame team."
Miller 6-0-0-16, Huerta 2-0-0-6, Reed 6-1-2-15 Keretz 2-0-0-4, Gregg 1-1-1-3, Eze 10-0-1-20, Jachim 2-0-0-5, Kelly 2-2-2-6, Threadford 0-0-0-0, Strong 0-0-00. Totals: 31-4-6-75.
Egan 8-6-8-26, Dibilio 3-7-8-15, Eden 10-3-3-24, Johnson 5-0-0-10, Pierce 4-3-3-11, Landsberger 1-0-0-2, Scheetz 0-0-0-0. Totals 31-19-22-88.
Notre Dame 22 8 11 34 - 75
No. Lehigh 28 14 20 26 - 88
Three-pointers: ND - Miller 4, Reed 2, Huerta 2, Jachim 1, NL - Egan 4, Dibilio 2, Eden 1.