Army's Kyle Wilson
Jan. 5, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell and Lehigh went toe-to-toe with two of the top teams in the nation, but both games ended in heartbreak on Saturday as the Bison fell at No. 12 Missouri 66-64 and Lehigh lost at VCU 59-55.
Worse yet for the Mountain Hawks, senior C.J. McCollum, the nation's leading scorer, missed the second half of the loss with a foot injury.
One Patriot League team did get in the win column on Saturday as Colgate pulled out a 78-62 victory at Dartmouth. Two others fell, with Army dropping a 64-52 final to Columbia and Navy losing at Norfolk State 74-68.
The Bison (13-3) went back-and-forth all game with the Tigers, with neither team leading by more than six points. Bucknell had a 28-24 lead at the half, and held a 55-51 lead with just over five minutes to go before Missouri went on a 9-2 run to go ahead for good. Bucknell had the ball down by one in the closing seconds, but Mike Muscala was ruled out of bounds on an entry pass and Missouri hit two free throws to go up 66-63 with three seconds to go. Muscala hit a free throw to get the Bison within two, but the team could not corral his intentional miss on the second try as Missouri held on. Muscala had an outstanding afternoon with 25 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks, and made 10-of-17 shots from the field. Cameron Ayers added 13 points, while Bryson Johnson scored 11.
Lehigh (9-4) suffered a second straight heartbreaking defeat, as the Mountain Hawks held tough without McCollum but could not pull out the win at VCU. After McCollum's injury, Lehigh closed the first half on a 13-2 run to take a 30-29 lead at the break. VCU had a small lead throughout the second half, but Lehigh closed to within 52-51 with 2:34 left. Lehigh had the ball down two with 31 seconds left, but turned it over as VCU held on for the win at the foul line. Holden Greiner led the Mountain Hawks with 17 points, while Gabe Knutson scored 10. McCollum had four in his limited playing time.
Colgate (6-10) won for the third time in four games with an impressive 78-62 victory at Dartmouth. The Raiders jumped on the Big Green early, going on a 20-5 run in the first half to build a 29-16 lead. After Dartmouth closed the gap to 10, Colgate scored the final six points of the first half for a 40-24 lead at the break. Colgate led by as many as 22 points in the second half, and the advantage never slipped below double digits. Murphy Burnatowski led the Raiders with 21 points while making 5-of-7 shots and 9-of-10 free throws, while Luke Roh had 15 points, Mitch Rolls finished with 12 and Brandon James had 10. The Raiders had lights out shooting all-around, going 23-of-44 from the field, 10-of-13 from three-point range and 22-of-27 at the foul line.
Army (7-7) lost at home for the first time this year in a 64-52 defeat against Columbia. The Black Knights led by five points at the half and eight early in the second half, but Columbia put together a 19-3 run to turn the tide of the game. Army closed back to within 45-43, but Columbia answered with a 13-2 run to build a comfortable lead and was up by double digits the rest of the way. Ella Ellis and Kyle Wilson had 11 points apiece to lead the Black Knights, who saw their eight-game non-League home winning streak come to an end.
Navy (6-10) trailed by 26 points with 13 minutes to play in the game, and had its furious rally come up just short in the six-point loss. Kevin Alter led the Mids with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range, while Tilman Dunbar had 12 points and Worth Smith just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Navy dropped its fourth straight game.
Just one team is in action on Sunday as American plays host to Cornell.
The recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below.