Three Teams Improve to 2-0 in Patriot League Men's Basketball



Jan. 5, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League's 2014 debut on CBS Sports Network went down to the wire with Boston University holding off Lehigh for a 67-66 win, while American and Army also posted victories to tie the Terriers at 2-0 in the men's basketball standings following the first week of League play.

After Mackey McKnight converted a three-point play with 7.8 seconds left to put Lehigh (8-7, 1-1) ahead by one, BU's D.J. Irving drew a foul and made a pair at the line with 1.9 seconds to go to give the Terriers (9-6, 2-0) the victory on the road.

While the preseason favorite Terriers are not a surprise at 2-0, American and Army's starts are more unexpected. The Eagles (6-7, 2-0), picked ninth in the preseason poll, dominated from start to finish in a 69-54 win at Holy Cross (6-8, 0-2) while the Black Knights (6-7, 2-0) have opened with two League wins for the first time in school history after a 91-82 win at home against Loyola Maryland (6-7, 1-1).

Bucknell and Navy each won their first League game of the season at home. The Bison (6-7, 1-1) got a career-high 26 points from Chris Hass in a 68-57 win over Colgate (6-7, 0-2), while the Mids (6-7, 1-1) followed the same script as Brandon Venturini had a career-high 28 points in a 79-71 win over Lafayette (4-9, 0-2).

Recaps and box scores from Sunday's games are included below.

Boston University 67 at Lehigh 66
Box Score
*D.J. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left to send Boston University to a 67-66 win at Lehigh on CBS Sports Network Sunday.
*Mackey McKnight had completed a big Lehigh rally to take the lead on a three-point play with 7.8 seconds left.
*McKnight had the last eight points of a 10-1 run that put Lehigh in front before Irving won it at the line.
*Boston University had surged ahead in the second half when John Papale hit four consecutive three-pointers as part of a 16-6 run to take a 50-41 lead.
*Dom Morris led BU with 15 points, while Irving and Papale had 14 and Maurice Watson Jr. added 10.
*Watson Jr. also dished out 12 assists to record a double-double.
*BU held a 38-31 rebounding edge to win a game where it shot just 6-of-25 from long range.
*McKnight led Lehigh with 23 points, while Jesse Chuku and Corey Schaefer each added 11.
*Both teams shot 28-of-61 (45.9%) from the field in the game.
*BU improved to 4-0 in contests decided by three points or less.
*Lehigh lost at home for the first time after a 5-0 mark in non-League play.



American 69 at Holy Cross 54
Box Score
*American opens Patriot League play with a second straight double-digit road win with a 69-54 triumph at Holy Cross.
*The Eagles are 2-0 for the first time since 2009.
*American opened the game with a 12-3 lead and never trailed.
*The Eagles held a six-point lead at halftime, and pulled away late with a 9-0 run for a 61-44 lead with 4:08 left.
*All five AU starters scored in double figures as Jesse Reed had 14, John Schoof scored 13, Tony Wroblicky and Kyle Kager tallied 12 and Darius Gardner finished with 10.
*American finished 27-of-52 (51.9%) from the field, topping the 50% mark for the second game in a row.
*The Eagles were also a perfect 11-of-11 at the foul line.
*American held Holy Cross to just 17-of-56 (30.4%) from the field.
*Dave Dudzinski was the only Crusader in double figures with 15 points.
*Holy Cross starts 0-2 in League play for the first time since 2010.

at Army 91, Loyola Maryland 82
Box Score
*Army opens Patriot League play with two wins for the first time in school history after outscoring Loyola 91-82 on Sunday.
*Army led throughout, but had to hold on after Loyola cut a 13-point lead to one late in the game.
*The Black Knights had built a 58-45 advantage early in the second half, but the Greyhounds chipped away and used a 15-7 run to get within 73-72 on a three-pointer by Dylon Cormier with 5:00 left.
*Army pushed the lead back to three, and then got some breathing room when a three-pointer by Josh Herbeck made it 80-74 with 2:02 to play.
*The Black Knights made 11-of-12 free throws in the final 1:14 to secure the win.
*Kyle Wilson led five Black Knights in double figures with 18 points.
*Dylan Cox scored 17, Kevin Ferguson tallied 15 to go with nine rebounds, Tanner Plomb had 12 and Larry Toomey finished with 10.
*Army had its second outstanding shooting night in a row by going 31-of-55 (56.4%) from the field and 24-of-28 at the free throw line.
*Cormier led Loyola with 27 points, while R.J. Williams had 14 and Franz Rassman finished with 12.
*It was Cormier's 10th 20-point game in 13 contests this season. *The Greyhounds left points at the foul line with a 14-of-24 mark in the game.

at Bucknell 68, Colgate 57
Box Score
*Bucknell jumped ahead early and then held on late for a 68-57 win over Colgate on Sunday.
*The Bison scored eight straight points for a 23-12 lead midway through the first half, and pushed their lead to 40-24 at the break.
*Colgate fought back in the second half, scoring the first 10 points to get within 40-34 and later putting up six in a row to cut the Bucknell lead to 55-53 with 3:57 left.
*The Bison responded with an 8-0 run to put the lead back to 63-53 as they went on to the 11-point win.
*Chris Hass led Bucknell with a career-high 26 points, while Dom Hoffman had 12 and Cameron Ayers scored 10.
*Steven Kaspar filled the stat sheet with 10 rebounds and seven assists.
*Bucknell shot just under 50% for the game at 24-of-49.
*The Bison also did the job against one of the top three-point shooting teams in the country by holding Colgate to 1-of-12 from long range.
*Bucknell held a 34-26 edge on the boards.
*The Bison beat Colgate for the ninth consecutive time and 11th in a row at home.
*Austin Tillotson led the Raiders with 15 points while five other players scored either eight or nine.
*Colgate lost its third straight game, and starts 0-2 in League play for the fourth year in a row.

at Navy 79, Lafayette 71
Box Score
*Brandon Venturini had a career-high 28 points and hit four key second-half three-pointers to lift Navy to a 79-71 win over Lafayette on Sunday.
*The game was close throughout until Venturini helped Navy pull it out late.
*He put Navy ahead for good on a three-pointer with 6:18 left that made it 55-53, and hit another on the next possession for a 58-54 lead.
*Lafayette closed within one twice in the final minutes, but each time Venturini hit a three-pointer to push Navy's lead back to four.
*Navy finally pulled away with an 8-0 run for a 76-66 lead with 34 seconds left.
*Venturini made 9-of-13 shots and 8-of-9 from three-point range in the win.
*Thurgood Wynn (15) and Worth Smith (14) also finished in double figures for Navy.
*Navy was over 50% from the field at 24-of-47 and hit 11-of-14 three-pointers behind Venturini's performance.
*The Mids made 15-of-22 shots and 7-of-8 from long range in a 50-point second half to overcome a 33-29 halftime deficit.
*Navy stopped a three-year run of 0-2 starts in League play, and beat Lafayette for the first time since 2011.
*Bryce Scott led the Leopards with 20 points, while Dan Trist and Alan Flannigan scored 14 and Joey Ptasinski added 11.
*The Leopards have dropped four straight with leading scorer Seth Hinrichs (20.2 ppg) out of the lineup with an injury.
*Lafayette starts 0-2 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2001.