Lehigh defeats American U. 79-57

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP)—CJ McCollum scored 22 points and Lehigh beat American University 79-57 on Sunday night in the Patriot League semifinals.

Dave Buchberger added 16 points, Marquis Hall had 11, and Zahir Carrington had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the top-seeded Mountain Hawks (21-10), who have won four in a row and six of seven.

The Mountain Hawks got 26 points off 16 American turnovers. Lehigh made 12 steals, with McCollum getting four.

Lehigh, which improved to 14-2 at home this season, will face Lafayette in the championship game at home on March 12.

A 21-8 run over the final 9 minutes of the first half gave the Mountain Hawks a 39-21 halftime lead. Lehigh led by at least 17 points the entire second half.

Stephen Lumpkin scored 15 points, Steve Luptak added 14 and Nick Hendra 11 for the fourth-seeded Eagles (11-20), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

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Stephen Lumpkins Stephen Lumpkins
6-9,  15 Pts
9 Rebs, 0 Assists
C.J. McCollum C.J. McCollum
6-13,  22 Pts
5 Rebs, 3 Assists

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