Jan. 11, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Each of the three undefeated squads in Patriot League men's basketball play faced road tests on Saturday, and each passed with flying colors as Army, American and Boston University pushed their marks to 4-0.
The Black Knights closed out a 60-55 win at rival Navy on CBS Sports Network, the Eagles rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit for a 69-62 victory at Colgate and the Terriers made a season-high 15 three-pointers to shoot their way past Lafayette 89-78.
Each team opens 4-0 in Patriot League play for the first time, with the exception for a 4-0 mark for the Eagles in 2005 that came later via a forfeit.
Bucknell is the only other team with a winning Patriot League mark, as the Bison improved to 3-1 in League play by rallying from an early double-digit deficit for a 61-57 home win over Holy Cross. Loyola Maryland comes next after evening its mark with a 72-68 victory at home against Lehigh.
Lehigh, Navy and Holy Cross each fell to 1-3 in League action, while Colgate and Lafayette dropped to 0-4.
The next League contest comes on Monday when Loyola hosts Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The other four weekday contests will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
Recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below.
Army 60 at Navy 55
*Army continued its best start in Patriot League history by moving to 4-0 with a 60-55 win at Navy on CBS Sports Network.
*The Black Knights won in Annapolis for the third straight season, and took their fourth in the last five overall against the Mids.
*The game was tight throughout, with Army taking the lead for good on a bucket by Tanner Plomb that made it 48-46 with 6:12 to play.
*The Black Knights pushed the lead to seven when Kyle Wilson hit a jumper followed by a three-pointer for a 56-49 edge with 2:16 to go.
*Plomb led the Black Knights with 15 points, while Wilson added 12.
*Army won despite making just 2-of-11 three-pointers as the Black Knights held the Mids to 19-of-54 (35.2%) from the field.
*Michael Brown led Navy with 15 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting, but the rest of the Mids were 13-of-46 from the field.
*Navy lost at home for the first time this year, falling to 5-1 at Alumni Hall.
*Army has now won season-high five straight games overall and seven of the last eight to get to 8-7 for the season.
*Army has won nine of its last 10 Patriot League regular-season games.
at Colgate 62
*After trailing by eight points at halftime, American shot lights out in the second half to come back for a 69-62 win at Colgate on Saturday.
*The Eagles moved to 4-0 in the Patriot League for the first time, with the exception of a 4-0 mark in 2005 that came later via forfeit.
*American made 14-of-18 second-half field goals to rally for the win after hitting 17-of-21 in a second-half comeback on Wednesday against Loyola Maryland.
*The Eagles used a 9-2 run to tie the score at 47-47 with 10:54 left, and went ahead for good on Kyle Kager's three-point play for a 50-49 edge with 8:31 to go.
*It started an 8-0 run as American pushed its lead to 55-49 with 6:03 to play, completing a 17-4 stretch that turned a seven-point deficit into the six-point lead.
*Colgate got back within 61-59, but John Schoof hit a key three-pointer to push American's lead back to five with 49 seconds left to seal the win.
*Darius Gardner led the Eagles with 21 points, while Schoof (15), Kager (13) and Jesse Reed (11) also finished in double figures.
*Tony Wroblicky had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists as American's starters accounted for all of the team's points.
*The Eagles finished 25-of-40 (62.5%) for the game, made 14-of-18 free throws and held a 26-14 edge on the glass.
*Ethan Jacobs led Colgate with a career-high 19 points, while Damon Sherman-Newsome scored 14 and Austin Tillotson had 12.
*The Raiders were over 50% from the field (21-of-41) and three-point range (9-of-16), but made just 11-of-27 overall and 4-of-11 from long range in the second half.
*American beat Colgate for the eighth straight time and 19th in the past 20 meetings.
*Colgate starts 0-4 in the Patriot League for the second time in three years.
Boston University 89 at Lafayette 78
*Boston University had season highs with 15 three-pointers and a 55.6% mark from the field to move to 4-0 in the Patriot League with an 89-78 win at Lafayette.
*The Terriers made 30-of-54 shots and 15-of-30 from long range, making 17-of-27 overall and 7-of-13 from beyond the arc in the second half.
*BU was up 37-34 at halftime and the game was close into the second half before the Terriers pulled away with a 14-3 run to go up 68-53 with under 10 minutes to play.
*BU would lead by double digits the rest of the way as it secured the 89-78 victory.
*John Papale led five Terriers in double figures with 16 points, followed by Maurice Watson Jr (14), Dom Morris (12), Travis Robinson (12) and Malik Thomas (11).
*BU made 14-of-18 foul shots and held a 32-26 advantage on the boards.
*Dan Trist led the Leopards with 19 points, while Nick Lindner (16), Joey Ptasinski (13) and Alan Flannigan (10) also scored in double figures.
*Lafayette was over 50% from the field at 30-of-58.
*The Leopards fell to 0-4 in the Patriot League for the first time since a winless campaign in 1995, the year before Fran O'Hanlon took over as head coach.
at Bucknell 61, Holy Cross 57
*After trailing by double digits in the first half, Bucknell chipped away and pulled out a 61-57 win over Holy Cross in Lewisburg on Saturday.
*The Bison won a season-high third straight game, and start at least 3-1 through four League games for the fourth year in a row.
*Holy Cross was ahead 26-13 with six minutes left in the first half before the Bison closed with a 16-3 run to tie the score at 29-29 at intermission.
*Bucknell made it a 23-3 run with the first seven points of the second half, but Holy Cross answered with nine straight points and the game was tight the rest of the way.
*Bucknell went ahead for good on a layup by Chris Hass with 2:26 left as part of a 6-0 run for a 58-55 lead in the final minute.
*Justin Burrell missed a three-pointer to put Holy Cross ahead in the final seconds, and Cameron Ayers sealed the win for the Bison with a pair of free throws with one second left.
*Ben Brackney led the Bison with 13 points while Ayers added 10.
*Bucknell shot over 50% in the second half to finish 22-of-49 for the game, and made 13-of-15 free throws.
*The Bison limited Holy Cross to under 40% from the field (24-of-62) and under 30% from three-point range (5-of-17).
*Malcolm Miller led Holy Cross with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Burrell (13) and Anthony Thompson (10) also scored in double figures.
*The Bison have won six of the last seven meetings overall and the last five regular-season home games against Holy Cross.
at Loyola Maryland 72, Lehigh 68
*Loyola took the lead early and held it throughout for a 72-68 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
*The Greyhounds snapped a two-game losing skid while Lehigh's losing streak was extended to three.
*The Greyhounds led for more than 38 minutes in the game.
*Loyola took a 35-32 lead into the half, and pulled away with an 11-0 run for a 50-36 edge with 13:44 to play.
*Lehigh did not get back within one possession until cutting the deficit to 71-68 with four seconds left, but R.J. Williams made a free throw to seal it for Loyola.
*Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 25 points while making 10-of-18 field goals, while Jordan Latham had 14 and Tyler Hubbard scored 12.
*Loyola shot an even 50% (26-of-52) for the game, including 12-of-20 in the second half.
*Mackey McKnight led Lehigh with 17 points and seven assists, while Justin Goldsborough (14), Tim Kempton (13) and Austin Price (11) also scored in double figures.
*Lehigh's bench combined for just seven points on 3-of-14 shooting
*The Mountain Hawks fell to 1-3 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2011.