Jan. 15, 2014
Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 1.15.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League entered the week as the only Division I conference with three teams at 4-0 in League play, and the trio of leaders hopes to keep their elite marks alive on Wednesday. Boston University plays host Colgate and Army welcomes Holy Cross, while American will try to keep its road run going at Lehigh.
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*Boston University, American and Army each moved to 4-0 in League play with road wins on Saturday.
*The Patriot League is the only Division I conference entering the week with three teams at 4-0.
*Each team is 4-0 in League play for the first time, except when American reached later through a forfeit in 2005.
*BU hosts Colgate, Army welcomes Holy Cross and American goes to Lehigh in search of 5-0 League marks Wednesday.
*Army can match a school record, set just last season, with a fifth-straight Patriot League victory.
*Bucknell is just one game behind the League leaders as it visits Navy.
*All four games tip off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on Patriot League Network.
*Loyola Maryland got over .500 in League action with a 77-63 win over Lafayette Monday on CBS Sports Network.
*American shot a combined 31-of-39 in the second half in two games last week.
*The Eagles rallied from halftime deficits in both contests after starting the season 0-7 when trailing at the half.
*Boston University cracked the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major rankings at No. 25 on Monday.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Jan. 6-12)
Anaconda Player of the Week
BEN BRACKNEY, BUCKNELL Sr., G/F, 6-6, 206; Lincoln, Ill./Lincoln
Brackney had the best week of his career to help the Bison get to 3-1 in the Patriot League with a pair of victories. The senior led the team in scoring in both games as he had a career-high 25 points in a 96-86 win at Lafayette on Wednesday and added 13 in a 61-57 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday. He made 10-of-17 shots and 8-of-12 three-pointers for the week, including 6-of-8 from long range in the 25-point effort against Lafayette. Brackney also made 10-of-11 free throws and averaged 5.0 rebounds in the two games. Brackney is up to 47.8% (32-of-67) from three-point range for the season. He is named the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the first time.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
NICK LINDNER, LAFAYETTE Fr., G, 5-10, 161; Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy
Lindner averaged 13.5 points and 4.0 assists per game in a pair of high-scoring contests for the Leopards. He had 11 points and three assists in a 96-86 loss to Bucknell on Wednesday, and put up 16 points with five assists in an 89-78 loss to Boston University on Saturday. Lindner made 7-of-13 shots and 12-of-15 free throws for the week, and is now up to 10.1 points per game for the year to join four other Leopards averaging in double figures. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the third time.
KYLE WILSON, ARMY So. F, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson averaged 17.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a pair of wins for the Black Knights last week.
DARUIS GARDNER, AMERICAN Jr., G, 5-9, 165; Houston, Texas/Jack Yates
Gardner averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as American moved to 4-0 with two wins last week.
MAURICE WATSON JR, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., G, 5-10, 165; Philadelphia, Pa./Boys' Latin
Watson helped lead the Terriers to a pair of wins by averaging 12.5 points, 7.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.
DYLON CORMIER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., G, 6-3, 184; Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons
Cormier averaged 19.0 points last week, including 25 in a 72-68 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
MACKEY McKNIGHT, LEHIGH Sr., G, 6-0, 170; New Orleans, La./Langham Creek
McKnight averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in two games for the Mountain Hawks.
MALCOLM MILLER, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, 6-7, 210; Laytonsville, Md./Gaithersburg
Miller put up averages of 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders.
Patriot League Notebook
Can Anyone Get to 5-0?
The Patriot League enters the week as the only Division I conference with three teams at 4-0 in League play, and the trio of leaders hopes to keep their elite marks alive on Wednesday. Boston University plays host Colgate and Army welcomes Holy Cross, while American will try to keep its road run going at Lehigh. The next team in the standings, 3-1 Bucknell, makes a visit to Navy. Each game will tip off at 7 p.m. and be available on Patriot League Network.
Loyola Tops Lafayette to Kick Off Weekday Slate
Loyola took over in the second half to pull away for a 77-63 win over Lafayette on Monday evening on CBS Sports Network. The Greyhounds were down by two at the half, but took the lead for good with an 8-0 run early in the second half. Loyola later used an 8-1 run to push its lead into double digits at 60-49 with 9:15 to play, and led by at least nine the rest of the way. Dylon Cormier notched his fourth double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while R.J. Williams also had a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists.
Army, American and Boston University Post Road Wins to Stay Unbeaten in League Play
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 at 2-2 with a 72-68 victory at home against Lehigh.
Winning on the Road
The three undefeated Patriot League squads have gotten the job done on the road with a combined 8-0 mark in Patriot League play. Army and American have each started with a 3-0 road mark in League action, while Boston University is at 2-0. The other seven teams are 2-11 in Patriot League road games to create an 11-10 edge for home squads in League action.
Black Knights Entering New Territory
Army has struggled through its 23 years in the Patriot League, but the Black Knights are putting together their best run right now. Army has a 4-0 record in the League for the first time after never even having won its first two contests coming into the season. The Black Knights are four games over .500 in League play for the first time at any point in program history, and their four-game Patriot League win streak is one game shy of the record of five set last season. That five-game run came heading into the regular-season finale, so Army has won nine of its last 10 Patriot League regular-season games.
Eagles Find Their Wings in the Second Half
American trailed at halftime in each of its contests last week, then shot the lights out to earn the win in the second half. The Eagles made 17-of-21 shots after halftime to turn a four-point deficit into a 65-51 win over Loyola Maryland on Wednesday, then hit 14-of-18 after intermission in a 69-62 comeback against Colgate on Saturday. Shooting the ball well is nothing new for an American team that leads the Patriot League in both field-goal percentage and field-goal percentage defense both for the season and in Patriot League play. The Eagles are seventh in the nation with a 49.9% mark from the field for the season.
Terriers do it With Defense and Offense
Boston University showed that it could win on both ends of the court last week. The Terriers first held Navy to its lowest scoring output since 1943 in a 55-32 win at home on Tuesday, then set season highs with a 55.6 field-goal percentage and 15 three-pointers in an 89-78 win at Lafayette on Saturday.
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 4-0 since Lehigh's Billy Taylor led the Mountain Hawks to a 5-0 start in his first season in 2002-03. Both coaches will try to match Taylor with a 5-0 start in the Patriot League on Wednesday. Boston University cracked the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major rankings at No. 25 on Monday.
Up and Down Season for All 10 Teams
Every Patriot League team has now put up at least a three-game winning streak after Bucknell beat Holy Cross 61-57 for its third straight win on Saturday. No Patriot League team has won more than five in a row this season, but that can change on Wednesday when American and Army both go for their sixth-straight victory. 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 five teams within a game of .500 for the season.
15 Patriot League Contests to Be Shown On CBS Sports Network....
A 15-game schedule for Patriot League men's basketball on CBSSN 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
Colgate Raiders (6-9, 0-4) at Boston University Terriers (11-6, 4-0)
Agganis Arena; Boston, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Two teams going in opposite directions face off at Agganis Arena as Boston University hosts Colgate.
*The game tips off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday on Patriot League Network.
*The preseason favorite Terriers are 4-0 in the Patriot League while the Raiders have dropped five straight and are 0-4.
*The Terriers hold a 22-15 edge in the series with Colgate as the schools meet for the first time since 1989-90.
*BU won all 18 meetings between the schools from 1979-80 to 1989-90.
*The Terriers try to extend their best start in conference play since opening 5-0 in the America East in 2005.
*Colgate has never started Patriot League play with five losses.
American Eagles (8-7, 4-0) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8-9, 1-3)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Service Electric 2 Sports
*American looks to keep up its unbeaten Patriot League record when it visits Lehigh on Wednesday.
*The 7 p.m. contest will be shown on Patriot League Network as well as Service Electric 2 Sports.
*Lehigh has won the past three meetings with the Eagles, including a sweep of last year's season series.
*The Mountain Hawks won 63-57 at American on Jan. 16 and 60-47 at home on Feb. 13.
*Lehigh has also won all three home games against American over the past two years.
*American has a 22-18 lead in the all-time series, though Lehigh is up 14-13 as Patriot League members.
*American goes for its first "true" 5-0 Patriot League record, after earning it with a forfeit from Lehigh included in 2005.
Holy Cross Crusaders (7-9, 1-3) at Army Black Knights (8-7, 4-0)
Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Army tries to match its longest winning streak in Patriot League action when it hosts Holy Cross on Wednesday.
*The 7 p.m. contest will be available on Patriot League Network.
*Army has its longest opening win streak in League play, and is four games over .500 in the Patriot League for the first time.
*Army's only other five-game League win streak was late last year as the Black Knights have won nine of 10 League games.
*Army pulled off a sweep of Holy Cross last year, winning 80-66 on the road on Jan. 30 and 69-62 at home on Feb. 27.
*Holy Cross leads the all-time series 57-19, with a 38-12 record since the teams entered the Patriot League.
Bucknell Bison (8-7, 3-1) at Navy Midshipmen (6-9, 1-3)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Bucknell puts a three-game winning streak on the line when it visits Navy on Wednesday.
*The game will tip at 7 p.m. and be shown on Patriot League Network.
*The Bison have dominated the series of late with eight consecutive wins over the past three seasons.
*Bucknell has swept the regular-season series and won a League Tournament quarterfinal contest the last two years.
*Navy's last victory over Bucknell came during a sweep of the season series in 2010.
*Navy holds a slim 34-33 lead in the all-time series, though Bucknell is ahead 29-22 as Patriot League members.
at Loyola Maryland Greyhounds 77 (8-8, 3-2), Lafayette Leopards 63 (4-12, 0-5)
*Loyola took over in the second half to pull away for a 77-63 win over Lafayette on onday evening on CBS Sports Network.
*The Greyhounds were down by two at the half, but took the lead for good with an 8-0 run early in the second half.
*Loyola later used an 8-1 run to push its lead into double digits at 60-49 with 9:15 to play.
*The Greyhounds led by at least nine points the rest of the way to go on to the 14-point win.
*Dylon Cormier notched his fourth double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
*He shot 11-of-15 from the field while scoring 20 points or more for the 12th time in 16 games.
*R.J. Williams also had a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists.
*Eric Laster added 14 points and Jordan Latham scored 12 for the Greyhounds.
*Loyola shot 28-of-51 from the field to hit 50% or higher for the second game in a row.
*The Greyhounds held a 38-23 rebounding advantage and held Lafayette to 20-of-49 from the field.
*Nick Lindner led the Leopards with 17 points, while Joey Ptasinski had 15 while making 5-of-8 three-pointers.
AMERICAN 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 in a 65-51 win 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...After Colgate got within two points, 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...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....American beat Colgate for the eighth straight time and 19th in the past 20 meetings...The Eagles try to continue their best start to Patriot League play when they visit Lehigh on Wednesday.
ARMY 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 Saturday...The Black Knights won in Annapolis for the third straight season, and took their fourth in the last five overall against the Mids...Army has now won a season-high five straight games overall and seven of the last eight to get to 8-7 for the year, moving over .500 for the first time...Army has won nine of its last 10 Patriot League regular-season games, and is four games above .500 in League play for the first time...Army took the lead for good against Navy 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...Both players have scored in double figures in all four League games...Army trailed Navy at halftime, marking its first comeback from a halftime deficit this season...Army's four-game League win streak is one shy of the school record set last season, and the Black Knights aim to tie the mark at home against Holy Cross on Wednesday.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY 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 on Saturday...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)....Watson also dished out nine assists, and is sixth in the country with 6.9 assists per game...BU, which played in the America East prior to joining the Patriot League this season, starts 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 2005...BU aims to make it a 5-0 Patriot League start when it hosts Colgate on Wednesday night.
BUCKNELL 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...The Bison have won six
of the last seven meetings overall and the last five regular-season home games against Holy Cross...The Bison closed the first half with a 16-3 run to tie the score at 29-29 at intermission...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...Cameron Ayers sealed the win with a pair of free throws with one second left...Ben Brackney led the Bison with 13 points while Ayers added 10...Brackney averaged 19.0 points last week after totaling a career-high 25 in a 96-86 win at Lafayette on Wednesday...He was 8-of-12 from beyond the arc for the week...Bucknell goes for its fourth win in a row on Wednesday at Navy.
COLGATE The Raiders lost for the fifth consecutive time as American rallied for a 69-62 win in Hamilton on Saturday...Four of the five losses have come by single digits, with the other by 11 points...The Raiders are 0-4 in the Patriot League for the second time in three years... 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), and red-hot in the first half as they went up by eight at the break...Colgate made just 11-of-27 overall and 4-of-11 from long range in the second half...Tillotson averaged 16.0 points and 5.0 assists last week while making 11-of-19 shots...Colgate tries to get back in the win column, but has a tough task as it visits preseason favorite Boston University Wednesday.
HOLY CROSS Holy Cross took a big early lead but could not keep it up as Bucknell pulled out a 61-57 win at home against the Crusaders on Saturday...The Crusaders were up 26-13 with six minutes left in the first half before Bucknell closed with a 16-3 run to tie the score...The game was tight in the second half until Bucknell scored six straight points late to go ahead by three in the final minute...Justin Burrell missed a three-pointer for the lead for Holy Cross in the final seconds before Bucknell iced the game at the foul line... Malcolm Miller led Holy Cross with a career-high 19 points and nine rebounds, while Burrell (13) and Anthony Thompson (10) also scored in double figures....Miller averaged 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games last week...The Crusaders stay on the road as they pay a visit to Army on Wednesday.
LAFAYETTE Lafayette held a halftime lead at Loyola on Monday, but saw the Greyhounds pull away in the second half for a 77-63 victory... Lafayette shot 13-of-25 from the field and 7-of-8 from long range in the first half, but just 7-of-24 and 2-of-8 from beyond the arc after intermission...Loyola took the lead for good with an 8-0 run early in the second half, and used an 8-1 run later in the period to go ahead by double digits with 9:15 left...Lafayette would not get closer than nine points the rest of the way...Nick Lindner led the Leopards with 17 points, while Joey Ptasinski had 15 while making 5-of-8 three-pointers...The Leopards were outrebounded 38-23 in the game...Lafayette has to go back south for another road trip on Saturday as the Leopards visit American at 2 p.m.
LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks lost another close game as Loyola Maryland held on for a 72-68 win over Lehigh on Saturday...Lehigh has dropped three consecutive games all by four points or less, with a combined margin of eight points...Lehigh trailed for almost the entire game against Loyola, and fell behind by 14 after Loyola had an 11-0 spurt early in the second half...The Mountain Hawks chipped as
close as 71-68 in the final seconds before Loyola sealed the win at the line...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...McKnight averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 assists while making 12-of-24 shots in two games last week...Goldsborough set a career high with his 14 points...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, and try to get back on track when they welcome American on Wednesday night.
LOYOLA MARYLAND Loyola took over in the second half to pull away for a 77-63 win over Lafayette on Monday evening on CBS Sports Network...The Greyhounds were down by two at the half, but took the lead for good with an 8-0 run early in the second half...Loyola later used an 8-1 run to push its lead into double digits at 60-49 with 9:15 to play...The Greyhounds led by at least nine points the rest of the
way to go on to the 14-point win...Dylon Cormier notched his fourth double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds...He shot 11-of-15 from the field while scoring 20 points or more for the 12th time in 16 games...R.J. Williams also had a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists...Eric Laster added 14 points and Jordan Latham scored 12 for the Greyhounds...Loyola shot 28-of-51 from the field to hit 50% or higher for the second game in a row...The Greyhounds held a 38-23 rebounding advantage and held Lafayette to 20-of-49 from the field...Loyola is now off until Monday when the Greyhounds are back on CBS Sports Network when they visit Boston University in the first League matchup between the new members.
NAVY The Mids lost at home to Army for the third straight season as the Black Knights pulled out a 60-55 win in Annapolis on Saturday...Army took the lead for good with just over six minutes to play and built it to seven with 2:16 to go as part of a 10-3 run... 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...The Mids have lost six of their last seven games despite holding the halftime lead in five of those contests...Navy will stay at Alumni Hall for a Wednesday night tilt with Bucknell.