LORETTO, Pa. -- Jared Mintz scored 24 points on nearly-perfect shooting to lead Lafayette to an 88-77 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Thursday night.
After Mintz missed the second of two foul shots with 18:52 left in the first half, he didn't miss again. Mintz finished 9-for-9 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line.
The Leopards (2-1) shot 66 percent as a team (31-for-47) while the Red Flash (1-2) shot 59.6 percent (28-for-47) in the first meeting between the teams.
Devin Sweeney led St. Francis with 30 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Cedric Latimer added 23 on 9-for-11 shooting.
St. Francis took a 10-3 lead, but Lafayette tied the score at 19 and used a 9-2 run to lead 28-21 with 7:31 left in the first half. The Leopards led 42-33 at the half, then extended the margin to 14 with 14:44 left.
The Red Flash pulled within 70-65 with 5:27 left, but could get no closer.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.