CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League season is in full swing and picks back up with four games on Wednesday.
Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh and American will each go for 2-0 starts in Patriot League play after recording wins over the weekend. The Bison visit Colgate and Lafayette is at Army at 7 p.m., with Lehigh and American squaring off from Washington, D.C. at 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross is also at Navy in a 7 p.m. tip-off, with all four games available on Patriot League All-Access.
Bucknell started League play where it left off in the non-League campaign with an impressive 76-55 win over Army on Saturday. Mike Muscala had 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to fill the stat sheet and earn the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week Award Monday.
Lehigh showed it will still be a competitor without C.J. McCollum as the Mountain Hawks posted a 79-47 win at home against Holy Cross on CBS Sports Network.
On the other side of the Lehigh Valley, Lafayette was looking just as strong as its rival in a 64-47 win over Navy.
American was the only Patriot League team to win on the road over the weekend as the Eagles pulled out a 72-63 victory at Colgate.
None of the winning teams trailed or were tied in the second half of their games, and American led from start to finish.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Jan. 7-13)
Anaconda Player of the Week MIKE MUSCALA, BUCKNELLSr., C, 6-11, 239; Roseville, Minn./Roseville
Muscala is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the second straight time, fourth this season and eighth in his career after leading Bucknell to a 76-55 win over Army on Saturday. He filled the stat sheet with 20 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks despite playing only 26 minutes and sitting out the final 7:36 as Bucknell held a comfortable lead. Muscala recorded his 11th double-double of the season, tied with two other players for the most in Division I. He is the only player in the nation averaging at least 19 points and 11 rebounds per contest, and ranks eighth nationally in rebounding. Muscala became just the second Patriot Leaguer and fourth Bucknell player to surpass 900 rebounds in his career. The eight weekly awards are tied for the second-most in Patriot League history behind Lehigh's C.J. McCollum (14).
Anaconda Rookie of the Week JUSTIN GOLDSBOROUGH, LEHIGHFr., F, 6-8; Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephens & St. Agnes School
Goldsborough emerged as a force on the glass in two games for Lehigh last week by averaging six points and nine rebounds in home wins over Muhlenberg and Holy Cross. He had six points, eight rebounds, three blocks and a steal in the 81-46 win over Muhlenberg on Tuesday and followed it up with six points and 10 rebounds in a 79-47 win over Holy Cross on Saturday. Goldsborough made 5-of-9 shots for the week. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the first time.
STEPHEN LUMPKINS, AMERICANSr., F, 6-8, 230; Redwood City, Calif./Junipero Serra
Lumpkins had 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and nine rebounds in a 72-63 win at Colgate on Saturday.
TONY JOHNSON, LAFAYETTESr., G, 6-0, 175; Folsom, Calif./Folsom
Johnson averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals while making 16-of-24 shots in two wins for Lafayette last week.
JUSTIN BURRELL, HOLY CROSSSo., G, 5-9, 165; Dumfries, Va./Potomac
Burrell averaged 22.5 points and 2.5 assists in two games for the Crusaders, with a 29-point effort in a 78-69 win over Columbia on Tuesday.
HOLDEN GREINER, LEHIGHSr., F, 6-8, 210, Traverse City, Mich./Saint Francis
Greiner averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in two wins for the Mountain Hawks last week.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*Bucknell tries to start 2-0 in the Patriot League for the third straight year Wednesday, while Lafayette goes for its second straight 2-0 start.
*American last started 2-0 in 2009, while Lehigh has not done it since 2007.
*Bucknell and American opened League play with a win for the third straight season, while Lafayette did it for the second year in a row.
*Lehigh recorded its first Patriot League-opening win since 2010.
*Bucknell has won 34 of its last 39 Patriot League regular-season games.
*The Bison have won six consecutive games against Colgate, while Lafayette has done the same against Army.
*Holy Cross has won four in a row and six out of seven versus Navy.
*Bucknell's Mike Muscala is the only player in the nation averaging at least 19 points and 11 rebounds per game.
*Muscala is at No. 1 in player efficiency rating on ESPN.com.
*He is also tied for the Division I lead with 11 double-doubles this year.
*Patriot League teams are 37-13 at home, with Bucknell at 6-0.
*Lehigh is second in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage and is third in free-throw percentage.
*Bucknell is in the top 40 nationally in six different categories, with a spot in the top 25 in four of those lists.
*Bucknell's Joe Willman is just six points away from 1,000 for his career, which would give the Bison three 1,000-point scorers.
Patriot League Notebook
Resounding Wins to Open Patriot League Play
Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette and American won their Patriot League openers on Saturday, and each team made a statement with an impressive performance in the victory. The Bison routed Army 76-55 in the nightcap behind 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists from senior center Mike Muscala. In the afternoon, Lehigh overwhelmed Holy Cross 79-47 on CBS Sports Network, Lafayette rolled past Navy 64-47 and American held off Colgate 72-63. None of the winners trailed or were tied in the second half of their games. Bucknell and American won League openers for the third year in a row, Lafayette did it for the second straight season and Lehigh opened with a win for the first time since 2010.
Who Will Get to 2-0?
On Wednesday, each of the opening day winners will attempt to get to 2-0 in the Patriot League. That has been a common position for Bucknell, which has won 34 of its last 39 games and goes for its third consecutive 2-0 start in League play. Lafayette opened 2-0 last year as well, while the winner of the Lehigh/American game will get to the mark for the first time in recent seasons. The Eagles last opened 2-0 in the Patriot League in 2009, while the Mountain Hawks have not done so since 2007 despite winning a pair of Patriot League titles during that span.
Three of the four matchups on Wednesday have been dominated by one of the teams in recent years. Bucknell has swept Colgate in each of the last three seasons for six straight wins over the Raiders, while Lafayette has done the same thing to Army. Holy Cross has swept Navy in each of the last two years for wins in four straight and six of the last seven games against the Mids. Only the Lehigh/American matchup has gone back-and-forth over the years, though the Eagles have claimed three of the four meetings in the past two seasons.
Bucknell Carries Success Into League Play
Bucknell moved to 14-3 on the season with its win over Army on Saturday, and on Monday the Bison received two votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll. Bucknell is ranked at No. 4 in the latest College Insider.com Mid-Major Top 25 published last week. The Bison became the first Patriot League team ever to record 13 non-League victories in the regular season. Bucknell has won at all sites, holding a 6-0 record at home, 6-3 on the road and 2-0 at neutral courts. Bucknell is among the national leaders in overall, road and road/neutral victories.
Bucknell's Muscala Opens League Play with Big Numbers
Heading into Patriot League play also did not change anything for Bucknell senior center Mike Muscala, who nearly posted a triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in the win over Army on Saturday. Muscala may have hit the benchmark but he sat out the final 7:36 as the Bison held a big lead. He is the only player in the nation averaging at least 19 points and 11 rebounds per contest, and is also the only player in the country in the top 25 in scoring and top 10 in rebounding nationally. Muscala's 11 double-doubles are tied with two other players for the most in Division I. The packed stat sheet has Muscala as the No. 1 player in efficiency rating on ESPN.com.
Patriot League Teams Shooting the Ball Among the Best in Division I
The Patriot League is at the top of the free throw and three-point shooting percentage lists for all of Division I. Lehigh leads the way in both categories, ranking third in the nation with a 78.3% mark from the foul line and second in three-point shooting percentage at 43.3%. The Mountain Hawks are one of five Patriot League teams in the top 50 nationally in free throw percentage, and one of four in that range in three-point percentage. Lehigh is also 28th in the country at 47.8% from the field overall, while Bucknell comes in 38th at field-goal percentage with a 46.8% mark. The Bison are also in the top 40 in scoring defense and hold spots in the NCAA top 25 in field-goal percentage defense, free throw percentage, assist/turnover ratio and fewest turnovers per game, where they rank fifth.
Plenty of Coverage for Patriot League Men's Basketball
Every game of the race for the 2013 Patriot League title will be available to viewers either through national television or live streaming on Patriot League All-Access. Thirteen games are set to be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, including both Patriot League Tournament semifinals and the League Championship on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. Lehigh, Lafayette, American, Holy Cross and Colgate will also have select home games broadcast through regional outlets. Patriot League All-Access contests wll be available for a small monthly fee and include all games except for CBS Sports Network broadcasts.
Patriot League Games
Bucknell Bison (14-3, 1-0) at Colgate Raiders (6-11, 0-1) Cotterell Court; Hamilton, N.Y.; Wednesday, 7 p.m. TV: Time Warner Sports
*Bucknell aims to continue its winning ways when it visits Colgate on Wednesday.
*The Bison have won 34 of their last 39 Patriot League games after a 76-55 win over Army on Saturday.
*The Bison have also dominated Colgate during that stretch with six straight wins against the Raiders.
*Bucknell has swept the season series between the schools in each of the last three years.
*The Bison won last year by a 70-57 final at home on Jan. 11 and a 66-50 score at Colgate on Feb. 8.
*Colgate's last win over Bucknell came at home in 2009.
*The Bison have a 58-40 lead in the all-time series and a 33-11 edge in regular-season Patriot League games.
*Bucknell goes for a 2-0 Patriot League mark for the third straight year, while Colgate tries to avoid a third straight 0-2 start.
Lafayette Leopards (8-10, 1-0) at Army Black Knights (7-9, 0-1) Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.
*Two teams going in opposite directions meet in West Point when Lafayette visits Army on Wednesday.
*The Leopards have won three games in a row, while the Black Knights have dropped three straight contests.
*History also bodes well for the Leopards with six consecutive wins against the Black Knights.
*Lafayette has swept the season series with Army in each of the last three years.
*The Leopards won last year's matchups 75-63 at home on Jan. 11 and 90-74 at Army on Feb. 8.
*The past five wins for Lafayette over Army have all come by double digits.
*Army's most recent wins over Lafayette came in 2009 when the Black Knights swept the season series.
*Lafayette has a 40-22 edge in the all-time series, and a 31-14 advantage as Patriot League members.
*Lafayette tries for its second straight 2-0 Patriot League start, while Army tries to avoid its second 0-2 opening in a row.
Holy Cross Crusaders (8-8, 0-1) at Navy Midshipmen (6-11, 0-1) Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.
*Holy Cross and Navy each go in search of their first Patriot League win when they square off in Annapolis on Wednesday.
*The Crusaders swept last year's season series, winning 73-69 at home on Jan. 11 and 64-52 at Navy on Feb. 8.
*Holy Cross also swept the matchups in 2011 and has won four straight and six of the last seven against the Mids.
*Navy's only victory during that stretch was an 83-80 triumph at home in 2010.
*The Crusaders hold a 35-18 edge in the all-time series, and a 29-17 advantage as Patriot League members.
*Holy Cross has not started 0-2 in the Patriot League since 2010, while Navy has opened with two losses the last two years.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (11-4, 1-0) at American Eagles (6-10, 1-0) Bender Arena; Washington, D.C.; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
*Lehigh visits American on Wednesday in the only matchup of teams who won their League openers over the weekend.
*The teams split last year's season series, with the Eagles scoring a 71-62 win at home on Feb. 9 after the Mountain Hawks had recorded a 71-60 victory in Bethlehem on Jan. 11.
*It was the first time since 2005 that the season series between the schools did not end in a sweep.
*American won both matchups in 2011 after Lehigh won all three meetings in 2010.
*The Eagles swept the Mountain Hawks in 2008 and 2009, while Lehigh did it to American in 2006 and 2007.
*American has a 22-16 lead in the all-time series, and slim 13-12 edge in games played as Patriot League members.
*American has not opened 2-0 in the Patriot League since 2009, while Lehigh last did it in 2007.
AMERICAN American never trailed and held off Colgate in the second half for a 72-63 win over the Raiders in a Patriot League opener on Saturday at Cotterell Court... American continued its dominance of the Raiders, beating Colgate for the sixth straight time and 17th in the last 18 meetings...American also won its Patriot League opener for the third year in a row...The Eagles led throughout, building a 12-4 advantage less than four minutes into the game and 33-27 at the break...Colgate got as close as 59-56 with 4:28 to go in the game, but the Eagles answered with an 8-2 run to build the lead back to 67-58 and played tough defense down the stretch to hold on for the 72-63 win..Four players scored in double figures for the Eagles, led by Stephen Lumpkins with 22 points....Lumpkins had nine rebounds to just miss a double-double, while Tony Wroblicky did have a double-double effort with 17 points and 13 rebounds...Blake Jolivette added 16 points, while Daniel Munoz scored 10...The Eagles head back on the road this weekend when they visit Holy Cross after hosting Lehigh on Wednesday.
ARMY The Black Knights got off to a fast start but could not keep it up and fell 76-55 at Bucknell in a League opener on Saturday... The Black Knights had leads of 11-4 and 17-12 over the first 10 minutes, but Bucknell went on a 16-0 run later in the half to take the lead for good...The Bison opened the second half with a 9-2 run and held an advantage of at least 14 points the rest of the way... Ella Ellis led the Black Knights with 17 points, while Larry Toomey added 10...Ellis became the 12th player in Army history to reach 1,300 points...The pair made 10-of-18 shots and all four three-point attempts, but the rest of the Black Knights combined to shoot 10-of-35 from the field and 3-of-15 from three-point range...The Black Knights dropped their third straight game overall, and fell in their Patriot League opener for the second straight season..Army also lost its fifth straight matchup with Bucknell, and fifth consecutive trip to Sojka Pavilion...The Black Knights are home twice this week, welcoming rival Navy on Sunday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network after facing Lafayette Wednesday.
BUCKNELL Mike Muscala had 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as Bucknell overcame a slow start to pull away from Army for a 76-55 win over the Black Knights in a Patriot League opener on Saturday evening at Sojka Pavilion...After trailing by as many as seven early, the Bison took the lead for good with 6:42 left until the half as part of a 16-0 stretch that built the advantage to 32-19 with 2:53 left in the period...Bucknell took a 36-24 lead at the break, and opened the second half with a 9-2 run to build the advantage to 45-26...The Bison never let the lead slip below 14 points the rest of the way as they went on to the 21-point win...Muscala picked up where he left off in non-League action by recording his 11th double-double of the year and leading the team in points, rebounds and assists as well as with three blocks....He was on pace for a triple-double throughout the evening, but played just 26 minutes as Bucknell held the big lead...Joe Willman added 18 points while making 8-of-12 shots from the field, while Cameron Ayers scored 15 points and shot 6-of-10 in the game....Willman is within six points of 1,000 for his career...The Bison held a 36-28 edge on the glass and had 19 assists with only nine turnovers...Bucknell defeated Army for the fifth straight time, and also won at home against the Black Knights for the fifth consecutive meeting in Lewisburg...Bucknell has won 34 of its last 39 Patriot League regular-season games, and opened League play with a win for the third consecutive season...The Bison also remained perfect at home this season, improving to 6-0 at Sojka Pavilion...After visiting Colgate on Wednesday, the Bison are at home against Lafayette on Saturday and Lehigh on Jan. 23 on CBS Sports Network.
COLGATE A late push could not overcome an early deficit as the Raiders fell at home against American 72-63 in a League opener on Saturday...The Raiders never led in the game, falling behind by eight points early and 15 in the second half...Colgate used an 11-0 surge to get back within 46-42 in the second half, and would later score six straight points to get as close as 59-56 with 4:28 to go in the game...American went on an 8-2 run from there as it held on for the nine-point win... Brandon James paced Colgate with 15 points, while Murphy Burnatowski added 14 and John Brandenburg scored 12...Burnatwoski also added nine rebounds, but had to work for his points with 5-of-16 shooting... Colgate only had five turnovers in the game...The Raiders dropped their Patriot League opener for the third year in a row, and also fell to American for the sixth straight time and 17th in the last 18 meetings... The Raiders complete their League-opening homestand on Wednesday against Bucknell, then play their first Patriot League road game at Lehigh on Saturday.
HOLY CROSS The Crusaders played Lehigh even for 10 minutes before the Mountain Hawks took over for a 79-47 win on Saturday at Stabler Arena in a game shown nationally on CBS Sports Network...Holy Cross held a 17-16 edge before Lehigh scored 14 straight points to take control...The Crusaders were within eight early in the second half when a 25-7 Lehigh run effectively put the game away...Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 16 points, while Phil Beans added 10...The Crusaders shot under 30 percent in the game and committed 15 turnovers...Holy Cross fell in a Patriot League opener for the first time since 2010...The Crusaders try to get back on track this week as they visit Navy on Wednesday and play their first Patriot League home game Saturday against American.
LAFAYETTE Lafayette overcame a slow start with outstanding defense to roll to a 64-47 win over Navy in a Patriot League opener on Saturday at Kirby Sports Center...The Leopards won their third consecutive game, a first this season, and beat Navy for the third straight time overall and fifth in a row at home...The Leopards won a Patriot League opener for the second year in a row...Navy held a 14-8 lead midway through the first half , but the Leopards closed the period on a 17-4 run to take a 25-18 lead at the break...They held Navy to just two field goals in the final 11:30 and none in the last five minutes and scored the last eight points of the period to take the lead for good...After Navy got back within 32-30, Lafayette answered with a 22-3 stretch to extend the advantage to 54-33 with 7:42 left and led by double digits the rest of the way...Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards with 22 points, while Tony Johnson and Joey Ptasinski each scored 14...The trio combined to shoot 20-of-33 from the field...Hinrichs added nine rebounds to lead Lafayette on the glass, while Johnson had a team-high six assists as well as three steals...The Leopards made 24-of-50 shots in the game, including 13-of-24 in the second half, while holding Navy to 37.5% shooting for the game...Lafayette improved to 7-2 at home this season, but goes on the road this week with games at Army on Wednesday and Bucknell on Saturday.
LEHIGH Lehigh took control with a 14-0 first-half run and blew the game open in the second half to coast to a 79-47 win over Holy Cross in a Patriot League opener on Saturday at Stabler Arena and shown on CBS Sports Network..The teams played an even first 10 minutes with Holy Cross holding a 17-16 advantage, but Lehigh turned up the defense from there while hitting three three-pointers and an old-fashioned three-point play during the 14-0 stretch...Lehigh held Holy Cross without a field goal for more than eight minutes, and went into the half with a 34-23 lead while limiting the Crusaders to 6-of-23 shooting in the period..After Holy Cross opened the second half with a three-pointer, the Mountain Hawks went on a 25-7 run to build their lead to 59-33 with 9:07 left and ended with their biggest advantage with the 79-47 final...It was a balanced effort for the Mountain Hawks, as Mackey McKnight led the way with 16 points, Holden Greiner had 15 and Gabe Knutson added 12...The Mountain Hawks were just over 50 percent for the game at 28-of-54, with a sizzling 16-of-24 shooting in the second half...The No. 2 three-point shooting team in the nation made 10-of-21 from beyond the arc, and Lehigh also held a 39-26 advantage on the glass...The Mountain Hawks also limited Holy Cross to 13-of-44 (29.5%) from the field, and the Crusaders made only six shots from inside the arc...Lehigh won its Patriot League opener for the first time since 2010, and beat Holy Cross at home for the fourth straight time....The Mountain Hawks are back at Stabler Arena on Saturday against Colgate after visiting American on Wednesday.
NAVY The Mids could not get going on offense and fell at Lafayette 64-47 in a Patriot League opener on Saturday... Navy held a 14-8 lead midway through the first half , but the Leopards closed the period on a 17-4 run to take a 25-18 lead at the break...Navy had only two field goals in the final 11:30 and none in the last five minutes...The Mids had a strong start to the second half to get back within 32-30, but Lafayette went on a 22-3 stretch from there to put the game away...The Mids dropped their fifth straight game despite 23 points from Brandon Venturini, who hit 8-of-17 shots and 7-of-15 from three-point range...The rest of the team combined to shoot just 10-of-31 from the field while missing all eight of their three-point attempts as Venturini accounted for nearly half of Navy's points...Tilman Dunbar chipped in nine points and six assists, but the Mids had just eight assists as a team...Navy lost its Patriot League opener for the third straight season...The Mids play their League home opener on Wednesday against Holy Cross, then visit rival Army on Sunday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.