Patriot League Men's Basketball Weekend Preview - 1.9.14

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Kevin Ferguson and Army travel to rival Navy on Saturday at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
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Jan. 9, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University, American and Army will each try to go 4-0 in the Patriot League for the first time on Saturday, but they will have to do it on the road.

Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*Boston University, American and Army are each 3-0 in Patriot League action.
*Each of the three teams goes on the road to try and stay perfect on Saturday.
*BU is at Lafayette and American goes to Colgate in 2 p.m. tip-offs on Patriot League Network.
*Army heads to rival Navy at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
*NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller joins Jason Knapp and Chris Spatola on the CBSSN broadcast.
*Bucknell hosts Holy Cross at 2 p.m. and Loyola Maryland welcomes Lehigh at 4 p.m. in the Saturday slate on PLN.
*BU held Navy to its lowest point total since 1943 in a 55-32 win on Tuesday.
*Bucknell shot 12-of-15 from 3-point range in a 96-86 win at Lafayette, also scoring its most points in a League road game.
*The 80% mark from downtown is the third-best single-game performance in Division I this season.
*American made 17-of-21 shots in the second half in its 65-51 win over Loyola Maryland.
*Army tied a school record with 27 assists in its 79-76 victory at Lehigh.

Patriot League Notebook
Three Unbeatens All Go on the Road Saturday
Boston University, American and Army will each try to go 4-0 in the Patriot League for the first time on Saturday, but they will have to do it on the road. The Terriers visit Lafayette and the Eagles are at Colgate in 2 p.m. starts, with both hosts looking for their first Patriot League victory. Army has a 4 p.m. tip-off at rival Navy on CBS Sports Network. The weekend schedule, which will all be played on Saturday afternoon, also features Holy Cross at Bucknell at 2 p.m. and Lehigh at Loyola Maryland at 4 p.m. Each game with the exception of Army/Navy can be seen through Patriot League Network.

NBA Hall of Famer Joins Broadcast Crew on CBS Sports Network Saturday
For the third straight season, NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller will join the CBS Sports Network broadcast crew for an Army/Navy telecast. Miller will be on Saturday's broadcast along with Patriot League announcers Jason Knapp and Chris Spatola. It is the second CBSSN telecast of the 2014 season after Boston University won 67-66 at Lehigh on Sunday, and starts a stretch of two games in three days on CBSSN as Lafayette plays at Loyola Maryland on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

BU, American and Army Continue to Roll in League Play
Boston University set the pace on Tuesday and was matched by American and Army on Wednesday as all three squads remained unbeaten in Patriot League action. The Terriers held Navy to its lowest point total since 1943 in a 55-32 victory at Agganis Arena on Tuesday night to improve to 3-0 in the Patriot League. American and Army kept pace on Wednesday as the Eagles rallied from a halftime deficit for a 65-51 win against Loyola Maryland and the Black Knights used a 15-3 second-half run to take the lead at Lehigh and held on for a 79-76 win. 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 96-86 at Lafayette on Wednesday, while Holy Cross pulled out a 73-64 win at home against Colgate to earn its first Patriot League victory.

Numbers Back Up the Undefeated League Squads
Statistics can often be misleading, but the numbers seem to back up the success for Boston University, American and Army so far in Patriot League play. BU leads in scoring defense (52.7 ppg) and rebound margin (+6.0) in Patriot League games. American tops the charts in both field goal percentage (53.7%) and field goal percentage defense (31.9%) while also leading in three-point field goal percentage defense and blocked shots and placing second to BU in scoring defense at 54.0 points per game through three contests. Army has averaged 85.0 points in its three wins, more than eight points better than any other team in League play, and has the top spot with 19.0 assists per game after tying a school record with 27 on Wednesday. American has won by double digits in each of its three games, and each of the three teams is outscoring its opponents by 10 points or more in League action.

BU's Jones, American's Brennan Each With Fast Starts to Patriot League Tenure
Boston University's Joe Jones and American's Mike Brennan are liking Patriot League play, as both coaches remain perfect in their first season of League action. Jones and Brennan are the first coaches to open their League tenure at 3-0 since Lehigh's Billy Taylor led the Mountain Hawks to a 5-0 start in his first season in 2002-03.

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.

Eye-Opening Stat Lines in Weekday Action
Four of the weekday games featured a significant statistical feat for the winner. On Tuesday, Boston University held Navy to its lowest point total since 1943 in a 55-32 victory. Bucknell went 12-of-15 from three-point range in its 96-86 win at Lafayette on Wednesday, giving the Bison an 80% mark that stands as the third-best single-game percentage in Division I this season. Bucknell's 96 points were its most-ever in a Patriot League road game and highest mark in any regulation game for the Bison since 1998. American's success came in the second half against Loyola Maryland as the Eagles went 17-of-21 from the field to earn the win. Army tied a school record with 27 assists in its 79-76 victory at Lehigh.

Up and Down Season for All 10 Teams
While BU, American and Army are the talk of the Patriot League now, the ebb and flow of the 2013-14 season shows that can change at any moment. American and Army have each won four straight games while BU has won three in a row, and nine of the 10 Patriot League teams now have a win streak of three games or longer for the season. The only one that does not, Bucknell, can win its third in a row on Saturday. On the other side of things, all 10 Patriot League teams have lost three games or more in a row at some point this season. It all results in overall records that have four teams at the .500 mark for the season and four others that are within two games of .500.

15 Patriot League Contests to Be Shown On CBS Sports Network.....
Patriot League fans can watch two games in three days on CBS Sports Network as Army heads to Navy on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Lafayette visits Loyola Maryland on Monday at 7:30 p.m. It is a part of a 15-game schedule for Patriot League men's basketball on CBSSN which features seven 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 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.

...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, which began with Wednesday's Bucknell-Lafayette contest.

Patriot League Games
Boston University Terriers (10-6, 3-0) at Lafayette Leopards (4-10, 0-3)
Kirby Sports Center; Easton, Pa. - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Boston University tries to stay perfect in Patriot League play when it visits Lafayette on Saturday.
*The 2 p.m. contest will be carried on Patriot League Network and televised by Lafayette Sports Network.
*BU has started its Patriot League era with a 3-0 mark, while Lafayette is 0-3 in League action for the first time since 2001.
*Lafayette has never started 0-4 in Patriot League play under 18th-year Head Coach Fran O'Hanlon.
*Lafayette holds a 4-2 lead in the series with BU as the schools meet for the first time since the 1990-91 season opener.
*BU is making the trip to play in Eastern Pennsylvania for the third time in as many weekends.

American Eagles (7-7, 3-0) at Colgate Raiders (6-8, 0-3)
Cotterell Court; Hamilton, N.Y. - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*American tries to start 4-0 in Patriot League play for the first time when it visits Colgate on Saturday afternoon.
*The contest can be seen on Patriot League Network with a 2 p.m. tip.
*The Eagles are credited with a 4-0 start in 2005, but one of the wins came later through a forfeit.
*Colgate tries to avoid opening 0-4 in League play for the second time in three years.
*American won 72-63 at Colgate and 70-55 at home against the Raiders last season.
*The Eagles have dominated the series by winning seven straight and 18 of the past 19 matchups.
*Colgate's only win during the stretch came in double overtime in 2010.
*American is 25-3 against Colgate as a Patriot League member, including 21-3 in the regular season.

Holy Cross Crusaders (7-8, 1-2) at Bucknell Bison (7-7, 2-1)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Holy Cross and Bucknell both come off victories as they renew their series on Saturday at Sojka Pavilion.
*The contest will be shown on Patriot League Network beginning at 2 p.m.
*The Bison won 74-57 at home against the Crusaders and 65-58 at Holy Cross last season.
*The Bison have won five of the last six meetings overall and the last four regular-season home games against Holy Cross.
*The Crusaders did record a win at Bucknell in the 2010 Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals.
*Six of the last eight meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
*Bucknell holds a 33-26 lead in a series that has been played entirely as Patriot League members.
*The Bison try to get to at least 3-1 through four League games for the fourth year in a row.

Army Black Knights (7-7, 3-0) at Navy Midshipmen (6-8, 1-2)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. - Saturday, 4 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
*Army aims to continue its best-ever Patriot League start when it visits rival Navy on Saturday at 4 p.m.
*The CBS Sports Network telecast features NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller on the broadcast crew.
*Patriot League announcers Jason Knapp and Chris Spatola will also be on the broadcast.
*Army won a 56-55 thriller at Navy on Feb. 16 last season after the Mids scored a 59-50 win at West Point on Jan. 19.
*Army has won three of the past four meetings over the last two seasons.
*However, Navy leads the all-time series 72-46 with a 35-14 edge as Patriot League members.
*Navy tries to get to .500 through four League games for the first time since 2010.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8-8, 1-2) at Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (6-8, 1-2)
Reitz Arena; Baltimore, Md. - Saturday, 4 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Lehigh and Loyola Maryland have both lost consecutive games going into their meeting at Reitz Arena on Saturday.
*The 4 p.m. affair will be broadcast on Patriot League Network.
*Lehigh leads the all-time series 5-4 as the teams meet for the first time since the 1988-89 season.
*Lehigh has dropped three of four after a five-game win streak, while Loyola has lost six of its last seven.
*Lehigh has not been under .500 through four League games since 2011.

Team Notebooks
AMERICAN 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 and have won four consecutive games overall...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....American has won all three of its Patriot League games, and each contest in its four-game win streak, by double digits...The Eagles top the charts with a +13.0 scoring margin in Patriot League games, where they also lead the conference in both field goal percentage (53.7%) and field goal percentage defense (31.9%)...The Eagles try to stay hot as they go back on the road to visit Colgate on Saturday at 2 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

ARMY 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, using 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 while tying a school record with 27 assists....The Black Knights lead all schools by averaging 85.0 points per game in League play...Army tries to stay perfect in the Patriot League when it visits Navy on Saturday at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY Boston University held Navy to its lowest point total since 1943 in a 55-32 victory at Agganis Arena on Tuesday...The Terriers become the first Patriot League team to reach 10 wins, and improve to 3-0 in League action...BU broke the game open early with a 10-0 run for a 13-3 lead six minutes into the contest...The Terriers held a 25-13 lead at halftime, and put the game out of reach with the first 10 points of the second half to go up by 22...Cedric Hankerson and Maurice Watson Jr. led the way with 11 points apiece, with Watson also adding six rebounds and six assists...The Terriers limited Navy to 11-of-53 shooting for the game, just over 20 percent from the field...BU won despite scoring a season-low 55 points...It was BU's second win in three days after D.J. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left for a 67-66 road win at Lehigh on Sunday...BU's +6.0 rebound margin is the top mark for any team in League games for a squad that is at -1.8 for the season...The Terriers go for a 4-0 start in Patriot League play when they visit Lafayette on Saturday.

BUCKNELL 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 and improved to 2-1 in League action...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 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...It was the third-best single-game three-point percentage in the country this season...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 as the Bison had just six turnovers...Bucknell tries to win three in a row for the first time this season when it hosts Holy Cross on Saturday at 2 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

COLGATE The Raiders are 0-3 in the Patriot League for the fourth year in a row after falling 73-64 at Holy Cross on Wednesday...Colgate came back to lead in the second half, but Holy Cross used a 16-4 run to go up 11 with under three minutes to play...Colgate scored just four points in a more than eight-mintue stretch as Holy Cross pulled away... Austin Tillotson led Colgate with 20 points and six assists, while Damon Sherman-Newsome and Luke Roh chipped in 10 points each...Colgate tries to put an end to a four-game losing streak when it hosts American on Saturday at 2 p.m on PLN.

HOLY CROSS Holy Cross earned its first Patriot League victory by pulling away late for a 73-64 win over Colgate at home on Wednesday...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....The Crusaders put an end to a three-game losing skid, and will try to even their Patriot League record when they visit Bucknell on Saturday at 2 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

LAFAYETTE Lafayette's offense was up to the task but the Leopards could not stop Bucknell in a 96-86 loss at home on Wednesday...Lafayette shot 10-of-17 from long range, but allowed Bucknell a 12-of-15 clip from downtown...The Leopards have given up two of the top four single-game three-point percentage marks in the nation this year in the past two games as Navy and Bucknell have shot a combined 23-of-29 from downtown...Lafayette fell to Bucknell for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings...The Leopards led late in the first half, but Bucknell took control with a 16-5 run for a 44-35 lead at halftime...The Bison had a 9-0 run in the second half for a 60-41 lead, and Lafayette never got closer than eight the rest of the way...Lafayette was an even 50% from the field at 32-of-64, made 12-of-15 free throws and had only six turnovers... Dan Trist led Lafayette with 21 points, followed by Bryce Scott with 18 and Nick Lindner and Joey Ptasinski with 11 apiece...Lafayette has a five-game losing streak since leading scorer Seth Hinrichs went out with an injury, and is 0-3 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2001...The Leopards try to turn that around when they host preseason favorite Boston University on Saturday at 2 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks suffered another tough loss as Army came away with a 79-76 win in Bethlehem on Wednesday...Lehigh has lost three of its last four games, each coming by three points or less...It fell to Army for the first time since 2011, snapping a five-game win streak over the Black Knights...Army used a 13-0 first-half run to take a six-point halftime lead, and a 15-3 second-half stretch for a 70-62 edge with 5:39 to go... Lehigh used a 7-1 run to get back to within 75-74 with 20 seconds to play....The Mountain Hawks had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but Mackey McKnight's three-point attempt was off the mark... 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...After two straight home losses, Lehigh will try to get back on track on the road when it visits Loyola Maryland at 4 p.m. Saturday on Patriot League Network.

LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds could not stop American in the second half as they fell 65-51 on the road on Wednesday...Loyola held a 26-22 lead at the break before the Eagles shot 17-of-21 after intermission to take control...American grabbed the lead for good with the first 11 points of the second half, and pulled away with another 11-0 run to go up 15 with 5:09 to play... Loyola shot just 17-of-53 (32.1%) from the field and 1-of-11 from three-point range, though it did convert on 16-of-19 free throws...Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 13 points while Eric Laster had 11, but the Greyhounds lost for the sixth time in the last seven contests...Loyola returns home on Saturday at 4 p.m. when it welcomes Lehigh.

NAVY One game after a hot shooting effort in a win over Lafayette, Navy was ice cold and fell 55-32 at Boston University on Tuesday... BU held Navy to its lowest point total since 1943...The Terriers limited Navy to 11-of-53 shooting for the game, just over 20 percent from the field...One game after hitting 11-of-14 three-pointers, Navy was just 4-of-27 from long range...No Navy players scored in double figures, as Grant Vermeer led the way with seven...It was a sharp contrast to Sunday's 79-71 win over Lafayette where Brandon Venturini had a career-high 28 points and hit four key second-half three-pointers to lift Navy to the win...The 78.6% mark from downtown was the second-best in school history and the fourth-highest in Division I this season....The Mids are the last unbeaten team at home in the Patriot League, and put their 5-0 mark at Alumni Hall on the line Saturday at 4 p.m. against rival Army on CBS Sports Network.