The first time these two teams faced off this season, a strong night from Joey Ptasinski where he racked up 21 points wasn't enough to keep the Leopards from losing their 11th consecutive game at the hands of Colgate. For the Raiders, Ethan Jacob was the only starter to fall short of 12 points, as he and his teammates rode a whopping 23 free throws to victory on the road.
While Lafayette has since turned things around, the season has brought more of the same for Colgate. They entered the first matchup having lost eight of their previous nine games, and their win over Loyola (Md.) was only their second in seven games since. Murphy Burnatowski has struggled to be an efficient scorer on offense and they just haven't been strong enough to hang on a nightly basis. That said, they have been better at home than on the road - they're 5-8 on their own turf, but six of those losses have been by four points or less.