Jan. 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University will have the first chance to improve its Patriot League men's basketball mark to 3-0 when the Terriers host Navy on Tuesday. American and Army will wait one more day, as each squad puts its 2-0 League mark and three-game overall win streak on the line Wednesday.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*Boston University, American and Army share first place at 2-0 in the Patriot League.
*The Black Knights and Terriers are 2-0 for the first time, while the Eagles last hit the mark in 2009.
*American and Army each shot over 50% from the field in both Patriot League wins last week.
*BU goes for a 3-0 start to its Patriot League era when it hosts Navy Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
*The other four games are on Wednesday, with Army/Lehigh, Bucknell/Lafayette and Colgate/Holy Cross at 7 p.m.
*American hosts Loyola Maryland at 7:30 p.m. as the Eagles play at home for the first time in more than a month.
*All Wednesday games are on PLN, with the Bucknell/Lafayette contest produced by Campus Insiders.
*Loyola's Dylon Cormier became the eighth player in school history to score 1,500 career points on Sunday.
*Cormier has scored 20 points or more in 10 of 13 games this season and is seventh in Division I with 23.0 points per game.
*BU's Maurice Watson Jr. had 12 assists Sunday against Lehigh and is seventh nationally with 6.9 assists per game.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Dec. 30-Jan. 5)
Anaconda Player of the Week
TONY WROBLICKY, AMERICAN Sr., C, 6-10, 230; Harbor City, Calif./Loyola High School
Wroblicky helped American win its first two Patriot League games for the first time since 2009 with a monster effort in a win at Bucknell and another solid outing in a victory at Holy Cross last week. He opened League play by scoring a career-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting and notching 11 rebounds, six blocks and five assists to lead the way in a 67-57 win at Bucknell on Thursday, the first for the Eagles over the Bison since 2009. Wroblicky followed it up with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals in a 69-54 win at Holy Cross on Sunday where he was forced to sit most of the first half with foul trouble. Wroblicky averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 steals last week while making 14-of-22 shots (63.6%) from the field, matching his percentage for the season which stands second in the Patriot League. Wroblicky earns his first Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
TIM KEMPTON, LEHIGH Fr., F/C, 6-10, 225; Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy College Prep
Kempton had a pair of double-doubles last week while averaging 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in three games for the Mountain Hawks. He played a key role in an 88-81 double overtime win in the Patriot League opener at Colgate on Thursday, scoring a career-high 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting and pulling down 13 rebounds as Lehigh held on for the victory. Kempton also had 17 points and 13 rebounds in a 70-68 loss at Bryant, and has four double-doubles in Lehigh's last seven games. He scored four points in Lehigh's 67-66 loss to Boston University on Sunday as he dealt with foul trouble. Kempton made 19-of-35 shots (54.3%) for the week. He leads Lehigh and is third in the Patriot League with 6.7 rebounds per game for the year and stands second on the team and 10th in the League with 13.7 points per contest. Kempton is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the second time.
KYLE WILSON, ARMY So. F, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson averaged 19.3 points and 3.7 rebounds and helped Army to its first-ever 2-0 start in the Patriot League.
BRANDON VENTURINI, NAVY Jr., G, 6-0, 184; Allendale, Mich./Allendale
Venturini had a career-high 28 points and made 8-of-9 three-pointers in Navy's 79-71 win over Lafayette on Sunday.
CHRIS HASS, BUCKNELL So. G, 6-5, 182; Pellston, Mich./Pellston
Hass set career highs twice last week, scoring 18 in a loss to American on Thursday and 26 in a win over Colgate on Sunday.
DYLON CORMIER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., G, 6-3, 184; Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons
Cormier averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists in a 1-1 week for the Greyhounds.
MACKEY McKNIGHT, LEHIGH Sr., G, 6-0, 170; New Orleans, La./Langham Creek
McKnight averaged 18.3 points and 5.7 assists in three games for the Mountain Hawks last week.
DOM MORRIS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., F, 6-7, 240; Newark, Del./Friends Central
Morris averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while making 12-of-17 field goals in two wins for the Terriers last week.
Patriot League Notebook
BU, American and Army Emerge with Pair of Victories on Opening Week
It's no surprise to see preseason favorite Boston University at the top of the Patriot League standings, but the company the Terriers have from American and Army is a bit unexpected. BU posted a 67-66 win at Lehigh Sunday on CBS Sports Network as D.J. Irving hit the game-winning free throws with 1.9 seconds to play. The Terriers moved to 2-0 in the Patriot League, with the Eagles also reaching the mark after a 69-54 win at Holy Cross and Army doing so following a 91-82 win over Loyola Maryland. The Eagles are at 2-0 for the first time since 2009 after being picked ninth in the preseason, while the Black Knights are 2-0 in the Patriot League for the first time.
Eagles and Black Knights Shoot the Lights Out
American and Army got off to their strong starts last week in part because of shooting over 50% from the field in each game. The Black Knights led all teams in field-goal percentage (55.4%) and free throw percentage (84.4%) in the first two League games, while American shot 48-of-91 (52.7%) in its two wins last week. While Army endured some shooting struggles early in the year, American is up to second in the Patriot League and 30th in the nation at 48.7% from the field for the season.
Can Top Three Keep It Rolling This Week?
Boston University will have the first chance to improve its Patriot League mark to 3-0 when the Terriers host Navy on Tuesday. American and Army will wait one more day, as each squad puts its 2-0 League mark and three-game overall win streak on the line Wednesday. The Eagles play their home opener in League play, and first game at Bender Arena in more than a month, when they welcome Loyola Maryland while Army pays a visit to a Lehigh team that was edged by BU. Bucknell goes to Lafayette and Colgate is at Holy Cross to complete Wednesday's schedule. Each of the five games will be available on Patriot League Network, with Campus Insiders producing the broadcast of Bucknell/Lafayette.
15 Patriot League Contests to Be Shown On CBS Sports Network....
If Sunday's opener was any indication, fans are going to have fun watching the Patriot League on CBS Sports Network this season. Boston University outlasted Lehigh 67-66 despite a late rally by the Mountain Hawks in the first of 15 Patriot League games on CBSSN this season. Next up is Army at Navy in the rivalry matchup at 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by five more games in January and an additional five to close the regular season in February-March. The Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship will be televised on CBS Sports Network for the third year in a row on March 12 at 7:30 p.m., while CBSSN will also air both semifinal games of the Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament on March 8 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
...And All of the Rest on Patriot League Network
Any game that is not shown on CBS Sports Network will be available with free online web streaming through Patriot League Network. In its first year, PLN has already showcased all men and women's basketball non-League home games in addition to action for all of the fall sports. PLN also has highlights throughout the year and features on teams and individuals and is available nationally at www.patriotleague.tv and to a wide audience through the Campus Insiders platform. Campus Insiders will also produce a handful of broadcasts on PLN this season, beginning with Wednesday's Bucknell-Lafayette contest.
New Coaches Off to a Good Start
It was a good opening week for coaches making their debut in the Patriot League. Boston University's Joe Jones and Loyola's G.G. Smith each led their teams to a win in their first Patriot League game on Thursday, while American's Mike Brennan also earned a victory in his first Patriot League game for the Eagles. Jones and Brennan each made it a 2-0 start on Sunday, becoming the first coaches to win their first two Patriot League games since Holy Cross' Milan Brown in 2011.
BU's Watson, Lehigh's McKnight Lead the Way at the Point
The nationally-televised point guard matchup between Boston University sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. and Lehigh senior Mackey McKnight lived up to the hype on Sunday. Watson Jr. got the win and had a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists, while McKnight nearly propelled Lehigh to the win and finished with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. Watson is up to seventh in the country with 6.9 assists per game, while McKnight is 25th with 5.8 assists per contest and stands eighth in Patriot League history with 473 all-time. Another point guard, Colgate's Austin Tillotson, leads the League with a 2.6 assist/turnover ratio and is fourth in the country in field-goal percentage at 64.5%. All three point guards are averaging over 14.0 points per game to come in the top eight in the Patriot League.
Loyola's Cormier Scores 1,500th Point
Loyola Maryland senior guard Dylon Cormier went over the 1,500-point mark for his career in the Greyhounds' loss at Army on Sunday. Cormier is up to 1,514 points and is the eighth player in school history to reach the mark. Only 25 players in Patriot League history have scored 1,500 points or more. Cormier is doing it with a big senior season, as he ranks seventh in the country with 23.0 points per game and has scored 20 or more in 10 of 13 contests.
Navy Maintains Undefeated Home Mark
Navy is the last Patriot League team with a perfect mark at home after rallying to beat Lafayette 79-71 on Sunday. The Mids improved to 5-0 to keep up their best season-opening run at Alumni Hall since starting 9-0 in 2008-09. Navy will put the mark on the line on Saturday afternoon on CBS Sports Network when it hosts Army at 4 p.m.
Patriot League Teams Finish the Non-League Slate
There were peaks and valleys throughout the non-League schedule for all 10 Patriot League teams, but in the end the squads had very similar profiles. There were only two games separating the 10 teams in overall record, with Colgate (6-5), Boston University (7-6) and Lehigh (7-6) all coming in over .500 and no team finishing worse than 4-7. League squads were 53-62 overall which included a 44-32 record against teams from conferences that are a part of the College Insider Mid-Major top 25 rankings. Seven Patriot League schools have rolled off winning streaks of three or more games this season, topped by a five-game run for Lehigh before losing at Bryant on Monday. League squads made the most of limited opportunites at home by putting together a 26-15 record on their own courts. Bucknell won at Penn State on Nov. 13 and Boston University won at Maryland on Dec. 21 to give League squads seven victories over BCS opponents in the past three years.
Patriot League Games
Navy Midshipmen (6-7, 1-1) at Boston University Terriers (9-6, 2-0)
Agganis Arena; Boston, Mass. - Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Teams picked on opposite ends of the Patriot League preseason poll face off when Navy visits Boston University.
*The Terriers are living up to their first-place billing with a 2-0 mark, while the Mids are 1-1 and have a loss in overtime.
*Boston University has won both the all-time meetings with Navy, which came in 1959 and 1988.
*The Terriers try to stay perfect in League play, while the Mids aim to get over .500 in League for the first time since 2010.
Army Black Knights (6-7, 2-0) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8-7, 1-1)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Service Electric 2 Sports
*Army and Lehigh clash at Stabler Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on both Patriot League Network and SE2 Sports.
*Lehigh has won the last five and eight of the last nine contests with the Black Knights.
*The Mountain Hawks won 85-76 at Army (Feb. 3) and 81-75 at home against the Black Knights (March 2) last season.
*Army last beat Lehigh in Bethlehem in 2011.
*Army has its first-ever 2-0 League record, while the Mountain Hawks try to go 2-1 or better for the third year in a row.
Bucknell Bison (6-7, 1-1) at Lafayette Leopards (4-9, 0-2)
Kirby Sports Center; Easton, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Bucknell visits Lafayette in a rematch of last year's Patriot League Championship game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
*The PLN broadcast will be produced by Campus Insiders with Ray Crawford and Chris Spatola on the call.
*The contest will also be televised through the Lafayette Sports Network on RCN-4, RCN-8 and WBPH-60.
*The Bison defeated Lafayette 64-56 at home on March 13 to claim the 2013 Patriot League title.
*Bucknell has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the schools, with an 8-1 mark in the past three seasons.
*Lafayette did end an eight-game Bucknell run in the series with a 63-62 home win on Feb. 16 last year.
*Lafayette has an 86-68 lead in the all-time series, though Bucknell is ahead 38-14 as Patriot League members.
*Lafayette tries to snap its longest League-opening skid since 2001.
*Bucknell aims to get to 2-1 or better through three League games for the fourth year in a row.
Colgate Raiders (6-7, 0-2) at Holy Cross Crusaders (6-8, 0-2)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Charter TV3
*Colgate and Holy Cross both look to shake off a bad opening week when they meet in Worcester on Wednesday.
*The game will be streamed on Patriot League Network and televised on Charter TV3.
*Holy Cross won 74-59 at home in the 2013 regular-season finale after Colgate posted a 63-45 home win on Feb. 2.
*The Crusaders swept the season series from the Raiders in 2012 and have won four of the last five meetings.
*The Crusaders have a 54-20 lead in the all-time series, and 32-18 as Patriot League members.
*Holy Cross has not started 0-3 in League play since 2008, while Colgate tries to stop a three-year streak of 0-3 starts.
Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (6-7, 1-1) at American Eagles (6-7, 2-0)
Bender Arena; Washington, D.C. - Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*American tries to extend its best League-opening winning streak since 2009 when it hosts Loyola Maryland Wednesday.
*The 7:30 p.m. tip-off will be carried on Patriot League Network.
*The Eagles won their first three games in the 2009 campaign.
*American has a 42-38 lead in the all-time series with Loyola.
*The schools are matching up for the first time since American won at home in the 2006-07 campaign.
*American goes for its first four-game win streak since an eight-game run early in the 2011-12 season.
AMERICAN American opened Patriot League play with a second straight double-digit road win with a 69-54 triumph at Holy Cross on Sunday...The Eagles also won 67-57 at Bucknell on Thursday, which snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Bison...The Eagles are 2-0 in League play for the first time since 2009 after winning a season opener for the fourth year in a row...American opened the game at Holy Cross with a 12-3 lead, 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...Wroblicky came off an outing at Bucknell where he had 24 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and five assists...He averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.5 blocks while making 14-of-22 shots in the two games...Wroblicky is second in the Patriot League with a 63.6% mark from the field for the season...American went 27-of-52 (51.9%) from the field at Holy Cross, and 48-of-91 (52.7%) in the two wins last week...American concluded a five-game road swing with three straight victories...The Eagles return home to face Loyola Maryland on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
ARMY Army has started Patriot League play with two wins for the first time in school history after outscoring Loyola 91-82 on Sunday...After Loyola cut a 13-point lead to one with five minutes to play, the Black Knights held on down the stretch...Army got some breathing room when a three-pointer by Josh Herbeck made it 80-74 with 2:02 to play, and 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...He averaged 19.3 points in three wins last week, also putting up 24 in an 85-66 triumph at Lafayette on Thursday...Dylan Cox scored 17 in Sunday's win, 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...The Black Knights led all teams in field-goal percentage (55.4%) and free throw percentage (84.4%) in the first two League games...Army tries to keep up the fast start when it visits Lehigh on Wednesday night.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY After Lehigh took the lead with a 10-1 run, .D.J. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left to send Boston University to a 67-66 road win on CBS Sports Network Sunday...Dom Morris led BU with 15 points, while Irving and John 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, and improved to 4-0 in contests decided by three points or less...BU outrebounded Holy Cross 40-31 in a 70-60 win in its inaugural Patriot League game on Thursday at home...The +8.0 rebound margin is the top mark for any team in League games for a BU teams that is at -2.1 for the season...Watson averaged 11.0 points and 9.0 assists in the two wins, while Morris averaged 13.0 points on 12-of-17 shooting...BU hopes to continue its early success when it hosts Navy on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
BUCKNELL Bucknell jumped ahead early and then held on late for a 68-57 win over Colgate on Sunday...The Bison led by 16 at halftime, but saw Colgate come all the way back to within 55-53 with 3:57 left...Bucknell responded with an 8-0 run to put the lead back to 63-53 as it went on to the 11-point win...Chris Hass led Bucknell with a career-high 26 points...Hass hit a career-high for a second straight game after he scored 18 in a 67-57 loss to American on Thursday...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...The Bison beat Colgate for the ninth consecutive time and 11th in a row at home...Bucknell also put a stop to what had been its first three-game losing streak in more than three years...Bucknell tries to turn it into a winning streak when it visits Lafayette on Wednesday.
COLGATE Colgate completed a tough week with a 68-57 loss at Bucknell on Sunday...The Raiders had previously lost in double overtime at home against both Lehigh on Thursday and Columbia on Monday...Colgate fell behind Bucknell by 16 points at halftime, but scored the first 10 in the second half and eventually got within 55-53 with 3:57 to go...Bucknell scored the next eight and went on to the win...Colgate lost to the Bison for the ninth consecutive meeting... Austin Tillotson led the Raiders with 15 points while five other players scored either eight or nine, but a team that came in making 10.8 three-pointers per game went just 1-of-12 from long range...Colgate has started 0-2 in League play for the fourth year in a row, and tries to avoid a fourth-straight 0-3 mark when it visits Holy Cross on Wednesday.
HOLY CROSS The Crusaders lost their first two Patriot League games for the first time since 2010 after falling 69-54 at home against American on Sunday...Holy Cross fell behind 12-3 early and saw American pull away for a double-digit lead midway through the second half... Dave Dudzinski was the only Crusader in double figures with 15 points as the team shot just 17-of-56 (30.4%) from the field... Holy Cross shot just 34.5% in its two losses last week as it made 22-of-57 attempts in a 70-60 defeat at Boston University on Thursday...Holy Cross has not started 0-3 in the Patriot League since 2008, and hopes to keep it that way when it hosts Colgate on Wednesday.
LAFAYETTE The Leopards are 0-2 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2001 after seeing Navy get red-hot in the second half and go on to a 79-71 win on Sunday...Lafayette was up four at halftime and close for most of the second half before Navy went ahead for good in the final minutes...The Mids used an 8-0 run for a 10-point lead in the final minute... Bryce Scott led the Leopards with 20 points, while Dan Trist and Alan Flannigan scored 14 and Joey Ptasinski added 11...Flannigan returned from missing time with an injury, but the Leopards have now dropped four straight since leading scorer Seth Hinrichs (20.2 ppg) has been out of the lineup with an injury...Lafayette lost to Navy for the first time since 2011 after sweeping the Mids each of the past two seasons...The Leopards try to break the losing streaks when they host Bucknell on Wednesday evening in a rematch of last year's Patriot League title game.
LEHIGH 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...The senior point guard 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, but Lehigh was outrebounded 38-31 in the contest...Lehigh lost at home for the first time after a 5-0 mark in non-League play...The Mountain Hawks completed a very competitive week of games that saw them win 88-81 in double overtime at Colgate on Thursday and lose 70-68 in the final seconds at Bryant on Monday...McKnight averaged 18.3 points and 5.7 assists in the three games, while Tim Kempton put up 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest to earn the Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award...Lehigh tries to get back on track when it hosts Army on Wednesday.
LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds nearly completed another big rally, but Army pulled away late for a 91-82 win at home on Sunday...Loyola was down 13 early in the second half, but chipped away and used a 15-7 run to get within 73-72 on a three-pointer by Dylon Cormier with 5:00 left....The Greyhounds would stay close the rest of the way, but never tie or take the lead as Army iced the game with 11-of-12 foul shooting in the final minutes... 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 after he scored exactly 20 in a 63-57 overtime win against Navy in Loyola's first Patriot League game on Thursday...Loyola came back from a 13-point deficit with just over five minutes to play to force overtime before going on to the win...Cormier is seventh in the country with 23.0 points per game for the season...He became the eighth player in school history to go over 1,500 career points, a mark that only 25 players have reached in Patriot League history...Loyola totaled 27 steals in the two games last week, and is 15th in the nation with 9.2 per game for the season...R.J. Williams had 10 for the week to move into ninth place nationally with 2.7 per game...Loyola returns to action on Wednesday when it visits American.
NAVY 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...His eight three-pointers were one shy of the school record...Thurgood Wynn (15) and Worth Smith (14) also finished in double figures for Navy, which was over 50% from the field at 24-of-47 and hit 11-of-14 three-pointers behind Venturini's performance...The 78.6% mark from downtown was the second-best in school history....Navy rebounded after losing a 13-point lead in the final five minutes of a 63-57 overtime loss at Loyola on Thursday...The Mids improved to 5-0 at home, and are the only remaining unbeaten Patriot League squad at home...Navy is 1-7 on the road, and goes back out when it visits Boston University on Tuesday night.