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Lehigh 86, DePaul 74

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The team that lost by double figures at home to an Ivy League team in its previous game won by double figures on the road against a Big East opponent Wednesday night.

Shooting nearly 57 percent from the field and placing four players in double figures, Lehigh captured its first victory of the season, an 86-74 verdict over DePaul at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

Guard Corey Schaefer paced a balanced Mountain Hawks attack with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. Forward Tim Kempton contributed a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double, while guard Austin Price added 14 points for Lehigh (1-4). Forward Justin Goldsborough chipped in with 10 points, making all five of his shots.

Forward Myke Henry scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Blue Demons (2-1), who became only the second Big East team to lose in the season’s first 13 days. Guard Billy Garrett tallied 15 points, forward Jamee Crockett hit for 13 and center Tommy Hamilton netted 12.

Coming off a 54-44 loss to Columbia on Sunday in which they failed to hit a 3-pointer for the first time in 112 games, the Mountain Hawks connected on nine of 18 from long distance Wednesday. They finished 29-for-51 from the field.

After Henry scored the game’s first points, Lehigh hit DePaul with a 19-5 run, fueled by 3-pointers from guard Miles Simelton, forward Jesse Chuku and Schaefer.

A jumper by guard Brandon Austin pushed the Mountain Hawks’ lead to 25-11 with 9:12 remaining in the half. The Blue Demons drew within seven points on two occasions, but Schaefer canned a 3-pointer in the last 30 seconds of the half, enabling Lehigh to take a 41-30 lead to intermission.

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