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Zach Rufer's career-high 16 points leads Lafayette to a 65-52 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday


EASTON, Pennsylvania — Zach Rufer scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed five rebounds and Lafayette beat Holy Cross 65-52 on Wednesday night.

Lafayette had lost four of its last five games and seven of its last nine before the win.

Rufer hit 5 of his 9 shots and 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Nick Lindner scored 13 points, and Paulius Zalys added 11 for the Leopards (5-11, 2-3 Patriot League).

Lafayette shot 45.8 percent overall and hit 10 3-pointers while holding the Crusaders (7-9, 2-3) to 32.1 percent shooting and 5 of 27 from deep.

The Leopards led 31-26 at halftime and extended their lead to double-figure (41-29) on a Linder trey with 14:29 left. A Robert Champion layup for Holy Cross cut its deficit to 55-48 with 6:39 to play, but the Crusaders got no closer.

Champion scored 24 to lead Holy Cross, which has lost three of its last four.

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