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McCollum Leads Lehigh Past Navy 87-75 In Patriot

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — C.J. McCollum scored 25 points and Lehigh pulled away from Navy early in the second half, then held on for an 87-75 win Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament.

The fourth-seeded Mountain Hawks (16-14), who are seeking their second straight Patriot title, opened the second half with a 24-8 run to lead 57-37 with 10:52 to play.

Lehigh extended the lead to 63-40 with 9:50 left. After the fifth-seeded Midshipmen (11-20) closed to 76-66 with 2:25 to go, the Mountain Hawks hit 11 of 17 free throws down the stretch.

Lehigh, which ended a two-game skid, will play at top-seeded Bucknell on Sunday night.

Jordan Hamilton added a career-high 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and Prentice Hall had 11 for the Mountain Hawks, who shot 60 percent after the break (15 of 25).

Greg Brown led Navy with 17 points.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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