American, Army Move to 3-0 in Patriot League Men's Basketball



Jan. 8, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - One night after Boston University opened 3-0 in Patriot League men's basketball play, American and Army kept pace and matched the Terriers with victories on Wednesday.

The Eagles rallied from a halftime deficit for a 65-51 win in their Patriot League home opener against Loyola Maryland, while the Black Knights used a 15-3 second-half run to take the lead at Lehigh and held on for a 79-76 win over the Mountain Hawks.

American starts 3-0 in Patriot League play for the first time since 2009, while Army hits the mark for the first time in school history after having never won its first two League games coming into the season.

Bucknell follows the trio of leaders with a 2-1 Patriot League record after winning a 96-86 shootout at Lafayette on Wednesday, while Holy Cross pulled out a 73-64 win at home against Colgate to earn its first Patriot League victory.

League play continues with a busy afternoon of action on Saturday. 2 p.m. tip-offs include Boston University at Lafayette, American at Colgate and Holy Cross at Bucknell, followed by a pair of 4 p.m. games when Army visits rival Navy and Lehigh heads to Loyola Maryland. The Army/Navy contest will be seen on CBS Sports Network with NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller joining Jason Knapp and Chris Spatola on the broadcast, while the other four games will be shown on Patriot League Network.

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

Army 79 at Lehigh 76
Box Score
*Army continued its best season-opening run in Patriot League play by moving to 3-0 with a 79-76 win at Lehigh on Wednesday.
*The Black Knights broke a five-game skid against Lehigh, beating the Mountain Hawks for the first time since 2011.
*Army also won for the fourth straight time and sixth in the last seven overall.
*Army used a pair of big runs to pull out the victory.
*The Black Knights grabbed a 39-33 halftime lead after turning the score around with a 13-0 run.
*After Lehigh used a 15-4 run to go up 59-55 with 8:17 left, Army hit back with a 15-3 stretch for a 70-62 advantage with 5:39 to go.
*Lehigh used a 7-1 run to get back to within 75-74 with 20 seconds to play.
*Kyle Wilson converted four free throw attempts down the stretch for the Black Knights, and Mackey McKnight missed a tying three-point attempt at the buzzer for Lehigh.
*Wilson led the Black Knights with 23 points, while Tanner Plomb (14), Kevin Ferguson (10) and Mo Williams (10) also scored in double figures.
*Army was just under 50% from the field (31-of-64) and only turned it over eight times.
*McKnight had 19 points as one of five Mountain Hawks in double figures.
*Corey Schaefer (13), Tim Kempton (12), Austin Price (11) and Justin Goldsborough (11) also had double-digit totals.
*Lehigh lost despite making 16-of-18 free throws in the game.
*The Mountain Hawks have dropped three of the last four games, with each loss by three points or less.



at American 65, Loyola Maryland 51
Box Score
*American had an outstanding second half to pull away for a 65-51 win over Loyola Maryland on Wednesday at home.
*The Eagles are 3-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2009.
*After trailing 26-22 at halftime, American made 17-of-21 shots in the second half to pull away for the win.
*The Eagles scored the first 11 points of the second half to take the lead for good.
*American pulled away with another 11-0 run that made it 55-40 with 5:09 to go, and led by double digits the rest of the way.
*Kyle Kager and Jesse Reed led the Eagles with 16 points apiece, while Darius Gardner scored 11 and Tony Wroblicky had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
*American shot 25-of-45 (55.6%) for the game after the hot second half and held Loyola to just 17-of-53 (32.1%) from the field.
*The Greyhounds also made just 1-of-11 shots from three-point range, though they did convert on 16-of-19 free throws.
*Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 13 points while Eric Laster had 11.
*American won its fourth straight game while Loyola lost for the sixth time in seven contests.

Bucknell 96 at Lafayette 86
Box Score
*Bucknell took the lead for good late in the first half and held off Lafayette the rest of the way in a 96-86 win in Easton on Wednesday.
*The Bison defeated Lafayette for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings.
*Bucknell took control when it closed the first half with a 16-5 run for a 44-35 lead at the break.
*The Bison had a 9-0 run in the second half to build the lead to 60-41, and led by double digits until Lafayette got as close as eight points in the final two minutes.
*The Bison had a lights-out shooting night that included 12-of-15 from three-point range as well as 28-of-53 (52.8%) from the field and 28-of-36 (77.8&) at the free throw line.
*Ben Brackney led the way with a career-high 25 points, followed by Chris Hass with 21, Cameron Ayers at 18 and Dom Hoffman with 11.
*It was an extremely efficient game on both ends as each team had only six turnovers and the squads combined to shoot 22-of-32 from three-point range.
*Lafayette chipped in a 10-of-17 clip from long range, though the Leopards have now allowed opponents to shoot 23-of-29 from three-point land in the last two games.
*Dan Trist led Lafayette with 21 points, followed by Bryce Scott with 18 and Nick Lindner and Joey Ptasinski with 11 apiece.
*Lafayette was an even 50% from the field at 32-of-64, and also made 12-of-15 free throws.
*Bucknell won its second straight game while Lafayette dropped its fifth in a row.

at Holy Cross 73, Colgate 64
Box Score
*Holy Cross earned its first Patriot League victory by pulling away late for a 73-64 win over Colgate at home.
*After Colgate rallied to grab a 47-46 lead, the Crusaders took the lead for good with six straight points.
*Holy Cross pulled away with a 10-0 run soon after for a 62-51 edge with under three minutes to play.
*Holy Cross held Colgate to just four points in a more than eight-minute stretch to take control of the game.
*Six Crusaders scored in double figures, led by Dave Dudzinski with 16 points.
*Double-digit games were also turned in by Justin Burrell (13), Malcolm Miller (11) and Eric Green, Cullen Hamilton and Anthony Thompson with 10 apiece.
*Holy Cross committed only eight turnovers in the game while shooting 22-of-48 (45.8%) from the field.
*Austin Tillotson led Colgate with 20 points and six assists, and had another great night from the field at 7-of-10.
*Damon Sherman-Newsome and Luke Roh chipped in 10 points each for the Raiders, who were once again cold from three-point range at 5-of-16 in the game.
*Holy Cross put an end to a three-game losing skid, while Colgate drops its fourth game in a row overall.