BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Jesse Chuku scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Lehigh past LIU Brooklyn 76-69 Monday night.
Jason Brickman hit a pair of free throws to pull LIU Brooklyn within 4 with :57 to play and, after Shane Whitfield missed two free throws for Lehigh, Corey Schaefer's steal from Gilbert Parga with 20 seconds remaining helped the Mountain Hawks hold off the Blackbirds.
Schaefer and Mackey McKnight each hit two free throws in the game's waning seconds to put the game on ice as LIU Brooklyn (2-6) was forced to foul.
Tim Kempton had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Lehigh (6-5). Austin Price scored 13 points and Schaefer finished with 10.
Jason Brickman, who came into the game leading the nation at 10.1 assists per game, had 10 points and 12 assists for LIU Brooklyn. Troy Joseph added eight points and a career-high 12 rebounds.