FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Nick Lindner had his hand on nearly every score in a pivotal run down the stretch as Lafayette rallied from five points down to defeat Sacred Heart 86-79 on Saturday afternoon.
Lindner hit 6 of 6 free throws, dished four assists and scored 10 of his career-high 24 points as the Leopards (3-5) pulled away from Sacred Heart (2-7) in the final 8:40. Seth Hinrichs scored 17 points, Joey Ptasinski 11 and Dan Trist 10 for Lafayette. Lindner had a career-first zero turnovers.
Trailing 67-62, Lindner sank four free throws by 8:11 to pull the Leopards to within 67-66, then dished to Ptasinski for a 3-pointer, Michael Hoffman for a layup and scored himself for a 73-69 lead.
With a trio a top recruits from Philadelphia, the Penn State basketball program is primed to finally turn a corner.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.