Boston University and Loyola Maryland Win Inaugural Contests, Three Others Claim Road Victories in Patriot League Men's Basketball Openers



Jan. 2, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University and Loyola Maryland both started their Patriot League era with a win on Thursday while Lehigh, American and Army posted victories on the road in men's basketball League openers.

The Terriers got a balanced effort in a 70-60 victory at home against Holy Cross, while the Greyhounds came back from a double-digit deficit in the last five minutes to top Navy 63-57 in overtime. BU and Loyola were each playing their first Patriot League games since joining the conference prior to the 2013-14 season.

Lehigh pulled out an 88-81 double overtime win at Colgate in the most exciting game of the night, while the participants in last year's League title game each fell at home as American shocked defending champion Bucknell 67-57 and Army routed Lafayette 85-66.

League play continues on Sunday with five afternoon games. BU is at Lehigh and American goes to Holy Cross at 1 p.m., while 2 p.m. tip-offs include Loyola at Army, Colgate at Bucknell and Lafayette at Navy. The BU/Lehigh contest can be seen on CBS Sports Network, while the other games are available for free on Patriot League Network.

Recaps and box scores from each of Thursday's games are included below.

at Boston University 70, Holy Cross 60
Box Score
*The Terriers won their inaugural Patriot League game with a balanced effort in a 70-60 win over Holy Cross.
*Maurice Watson Jr. scored 12 points, Dom Morris and John Papale had 11 and five others scored six points or more.
*The Terriers took the lead for good with an 8-0 run in the first half, and pulled away with an 8-0 run in the second half for a 57-47 lead with 9:51 to play.
*Holy Cross never got closer than six the rest of the way.
*BU made 18-of-20 free throws in the game while limiting the Crusaders to under 40 percent from the field at 22-of-57.
*Cullen Hamilton led Holy Cross with 16 points, while Dave Dudzinski had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
*Holy Cross lost its League opener for the second straight season.
*BU stopped a six-game losing streak against the Crusaders.



at Loyola Maryland 63, Navy 57 (OT)
Box Score
*Loyola had a furious late rally to send the game to overtime and went on to beat Navy 63-57 in the extra session in its first Patriot League contest.
*The Greyhounds trailed 47-34 with just over five minutes to play before finishing regulation with an 18-5 run to tie the score.
*Loyola forced six turnovers during the stretch, and tied the score at 52-52 on a pair of free throw by Jarred Jones with 11 seconds left.
*Loyola took the lead for good in overtime on a pair of free throws by Dylon Cormier with 1:52 left, and iced it when a three-pointer by Denzel Brito made it 61-56 with 39 seconds to play.
*Cormier led Loyola with 20 points while making 12-of-12 free throws.
*Loyola forced 23 Navy turnovers to overcome 18 of its own and a 39-26 rebounding advantage for the Mids.
*Thurgood Wynn led Navy with 15 points, while Brandon Venturini scored 11.
*Navy dropped its Patriot League opener for the fourth year in a row.
*Loyola snapped a three-game skid against the Mids, and a four-game losing streak overall.

Lehigh 88 at Colgate 81 (2OT)
Box Score
*Lehigh outlasted Colgate 88-81 in double overtime in a game that was back and forth throughout.
*Mackey McKnight tied the score at 62-62 on a three-pointer with 27 seconds left in regulation for the Mountain Hawks, and had a steal in the final seconds to preserve the tie and send it to overtime.
*After Tim Kempton scored five straight points to give Lehigh a 72-70 lead in the first overtime, Ethan Jacobs tied it for Colgate with 27 seconds left and the game went to a second overtime.
*Lehigh took the lead for good when a three-pointer by Jesse Chuku made it 75-74 with 3:41 left, and iced it with buckets by Kempton and Corey Schaefer for an 81-76 advantage with 57 seconds to play.
*Kempton had 25 points while making 11-of-17 shots and also pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the way for Lehigh.
*McKnight chipped in 18 points, with 11-of-12 foul shooting, to go with seven assists and Chuku also finished with 18 while Schaefer scored 16.
*Lehigh hit 21-of-26 free throws and only turned the ball over 11 times in the 50-minute game.
*Murphy Burnatowski led five Colgate players in double figures with 26 points.
*Damon Sherman-Newsome scored 16 for the Raiders, while Austin Tillotson (13), Luke Roh (11) and Jacobs (10) also had double-digit totals.
*Roh also led Colgate with nine rebounds and six assists.
*Lehigh won its second straight Patriot League opener, while Colgate dropped its League opener for the fourth year in a row.
*The Mountain Hawks also won their second straight and sixth in the last seven against the Raiders.

American 67 at Bucknell 57
Box Score
*American won its fourth Patriot League opener in a row by snapping an eight-game losing streak to Bucknell with a 67-57 win in Lewisburg.
*Tony Wroblicky had a dominant performance with 24 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and five assists for the Eagles.
*American scored the first nine points of the game and held the lead at four points or more the rest of the way.
*The Eagles were up 30-20 at halftime and went ahead by as many as 17 points in the second half.
*Bucknell answered with a 15-2 run to get within 49-45 with 4:11 left, and was still down just 58-54 in the final minute.
*American made 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win and close with a 9-3 run.
*Wroblicky made 8-of-12 shots as the Eagles finished at 53.8% for the game at 21-of-39.
*American limited Bucknell to 18-of-54 (33.3%) from the field and held a 34-29 rebounding advantage.
*Darius Gardner and John Schoof each had 11 points for the Eagles.
*Chris Hass led Bucknell with a career-high 18 points, while Cameron Ayers added 17.
*No other Bucknell player scored more than four points in the game.
*Bucknell dropped its League opener for the first time since 2010.
*Bucknell became the first defending champion to drop its League opener since Lehigh lost its first contest in 2011.

Army 85 at Lafayette 66
Box Score
*Army posted a third-straight convincing victory over Lafayette with an 85-66 triumph in Easton.
*Tanner Plomb led the Black Knights with a career-high 24 points, while Kyle Wilson also totaled 24.
*Army used first-half runs of 8-0, 9-0 and 12-2 to take a 39-27 lead at the break.
*The Black Knights pulled away with a 19-5 stretch in the second half to go ahead 70-48 with 11:29 to go.
*Army would push its lead as high as 25 points and Lafayette never got closer than 17 the rest of the way.
*Tanner Omlid added 14 points for the Black Knights, who shot 54.4% (31-of-57) for the game.
*Army also made 9-of-20 three-pointers and 14-of-17 free throws in the contest, and held a 33-28 edge on the boards.
*Bryce Scott and Dan Trist had 13 points apiece for the Leopards, while Zach Rufer added 10.
*Lafayette made just 5-of-19 three-pointers as leading scorer Seth Hinrichs (20.2 ppg) remained out of the lineup with an injury.
*Army won its first Patriot League opener since 2011, while Lafayette dropped a League opener for the first time since that same season.
*Army's wins over Lafayette in the past two seasons have come by 23, 17 and 19 points.