Bucknell, Lehigh Improve to 2-0 in Patriot League Men's Basketball

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Jan. 16, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell and Lehigh have played to form in the early part of Patriot League play, as each team moved to 2-0 in League action with a win on the road on Wednesday.

The Bison rode yet another big game from senior center Mike Muscala for a 73-59 victory at Colgate, while the Mountain Hawks rallied from an early 14-point deficit to get past American 63-57.

Two teams earned their first Patriot League win of the year, with Army rolling to a 77-54 win at home against Lafayette and Holy Cross pulling away in the second half to win 62-47 at Navy.

The Black Knights and Crusaders join Lafayette and American at 1-1 in the Patriot League, while Colgate and Navy each fall to 0-2.

The League schedule picks back up on Saturday with three games as American visits Holy Cross, Bucknell hosts Lafayette and Lehigh welcomes Colgate. On Sunday, Navy is at Army on CBS Sports Network at Noon.

A synopsis of each game along with the recaps and box scores from the schools will be available soon.

Bucknell 73 at Colgate 59
Box Score

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Bucknell (15-3, 2-0 Patriot League) pulled away down the stretch to record a 73-59 victory at Colgate (6-12, 0-2) on Wednesday evening at Cotterell Court.

The Bison improved to 2-0 in the Patriot League for the third straight season, while the Raiders dropped to 0-2 for the third year in a row.

Bucknell's quartet of stars all shined on Wednesday, led once again by senior center Mike Muscala with 25 points (9-16 FG, 7-8 FT), 10 rebounds, seven blocks and four assists. Muscala recorded his 12th double-double of the year, the most in Division I.

 

 

Bucknell trailed only once midway through the first half, and inched ahead with a 35-32 lead at the break. It was still a four-point game with under 11 minutes to go when the Bison put together an 11-4 run to stretch the advantage to 58-47 with 5:54 to go. Colgate whittled the deficit down to seven points less than two minutes later, but would get no closer as the Bison went on a 9-2 run and took the 73-59 win.

Muscala had help from the usual suspects as Bryson Johnson scored 15 points, Cameron Ayers had 10 and Joe Willman added 10. Willman joined Muscala and Johnson in the 1,000-point club, making Bucknell just the second program in the nation (Santa Clara) with three 1,000-point scorers. The Bison once again had solid shooting all the way around at 25-of-55 from the field, 5-of-11 from beyond the arc and 18-of-22 at the foul line. Bucknell had 10 steals and nine blocks while committing only eight turnovers in the game and limiting the Raiders to 3-of-12 from three-point range. The Bison defeated Colgate for the seventh straight meeting, and have won 27 of 30 Patriot League games in the past two seasons and 35 of the last 40 overall. The Bison also improved to 7-3 on the road this season, tying them for the most road wins in the country.

The Raiders dropped their second straight game to open the Patriot League, with both coming at home. Murphy Burnatowski led the way with 17 points, while Damon Sherman-Newsome added 13. The duo combined to shoot 13-of-25 from the field, but the rest of the Raiders were just 13-of-36. Colgate held a 35-32 advantage on the glass against the top rebounding team in the Patriot League, but was off in its typical three-point proficiency.

Lehigh 63 at American 57
Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lehigh (12-4, 2-0 Patriot League) overcame a 14-point deficit in the first half and rolled off a 13-1 run in the second half to get past American (6-11, 1-1) on Wednesday at Bender Arena.

It was all Eagles in the early minutes, as American put together a 14-3 run to build a 23-9 lead with 9:06 to go in the first half. Lehigh inched back with the next six points, and scored the last nine points of the first half to take a 31-28 lead at the break.

The Mountain Hawks opened the lead up to eight early in the second half, but the Eagles fought back with a 12-4 run to tie the score at 42-42 with 12:16 to play. Lehigh went back ahead for good 19 seconds later on a three-pointer by Corey Schaefer which ignited a 13-1 run for a 55-43 advantage with 7:37 to go. The Eagles would not go away, scoring the next seven points in a five-minute stretch to get the deficit down to five and eventually getting within three at 58-55 with 58 seconds to play. Lehigh was strong defensively down the stretch, forcing two turnovers and two missed shots while making enough free throws to hold on for the 63-57 win.

Holden Greiner led Lehigh with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while Mackey McKnight added 11 and filled the stat sheet with team highs of six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Lehigh had 13 steals in the game to force an American team that usually protects the ball well into 15 turnovers on the night. Lehigh held the Eagles to 6-of-22 shooting from three-point range in the game. The Mountain Hawks improve to 2-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2007, and win at American for the first time since 2010.

American held a 40-26 advantage on the boards, led by senior Stephen Lumpkins with 17 rebounds to go with 10 points for a double-double. Three other players scored in double figures as Tony Wroblicky had 14, Daniel Munoz scored 13 and John Schoof added 11. Blake Jolivette chipped in seven points for a solid night for the starting five, but the bench contributed just two points in the game. The Eagles dished out 18 assists on their 23 made field goals, led by Munoz with seven. Outside of Wroblicky at 6-of-8 from the field, the rest of the team made just 17-of-46 shots in the game. American is at 1-1 in the Patriot League for the third year in a row.

Watch the video recap from Lehigh below.

at Army 77, Lafayette 54
Box Score | Video Recap (Army)

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army (8-9, 1-1 Patriot League) jumped to a big lead with an early 21-2 run and never looked back in a 77-54 win over Lafayette (8-11, 1-1) on Wednesday at Christl Arena.

The Black Knights snapped a three-game losing streak, while also putting an end to Lafayette's three-game winning streak. Army defeated Lafayette for the first time since 2009 as the Leopards had won all six meetings over the last three seasons.

Lafayette scored the first basket of the game, but the lead was short-lived as Army rolled off the next 12 points for a 10-point advantage with 14:32 left in the first half. After Lafayette broke the drought, Army had nine consecutive points to make it a 21-2 run overall and take a 21-4 lead with 11:28 to go in the first half.

The Leopards cut the deficit down to 35-23 at the break, but Army jumped out again early in the second half to build the advantage to 52-31 with 11:45 left. Lafayette answered with 16-3 run to get as close as 55-47 with 9:00 to go, but the Black Knights had one big surge left as they scored the next six points and closed the game with the last nine points over the final 5:15 to earn the 77-54 victory.

Ella Ellis led all scorers with 23 points, while Dylan Cox added 13 and Kyle Wilson scored 11 as Army's freshmen came through again. Army's youngsters accounted for 46 points in the game, and aided a strong shooting night for the Black Knights overall at 25-of-43 (58.1%) from the field and 7-of-13 (53.8%) from beyond the arc. The Black Knights had a 28-16 rebounding advantage and excelled defensively by holding Lafayette to 18-of-50 overall and 5-of-23 from three-point range while forcing 22 Leopard turnovers.

Dan Trist had 16 points to lead the Leopards, while Tony Johnson added 11. Lafayette's offense was hamstrung by poor shooting and turnovers throughout the evening, though the Leopards tried to make up for it on the other end by forcing 23 Army turnovers. Trist made 6-of-9 shots, while the rest of the team was 12-of-41 from the field.

Holy Cross 62 at Navy 47
Box Score | Holy Cross Postgame Interview - Malcolm Miller

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Two players had double-doubles as Holy Cross (9-8, 1-1) handed Navy (6-12, 0-2) a 62-47 defeat on Wednesday at Alumni Hall.

Dave Dudzinski had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Crusaders, while Malcolm Miller added career highs of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Holy Cross held a 36-23 edge on the boards and pulled away late for the 15-point win.

The Crusaders grabbed a slim 31-27 lead at the half, but gained some breathing room early in the second half with nine straight points for a 40-29 edge with 16:14 to play in the game. Navy would get back within 43-38 with 11:53 to go, but Holy Cross had strong defense down the stretch to earn the win. The Crusaders held Navy scoreless for more than six minutes while scoring eight straight points to build a 59-44 lead in the final minute and earn the 62-47 win.

Phil Beans was a third double-figure scorer for the Crusaders with 10 points. Holy Cross shot 22-of-48 (45.8%) from the field while making 8-of-20 three-pointers, and limited Navy to 20-of-49 (40.8%) shooting and just 5-of-18 from three-point range. Holy Cross had 16 assists on its 22 made field goals. The Crusaders won their fifth straight against the Mids, and seventh in the past eight meetings.

Worth Smith led Navy with 17 points, while Tilman Dunbar added 12. The Mids only got to the foul line four times to go with the struggles shooting from the field. Navy dropped its sixth straight game overall, and fell to 0-2 in the Patriot League for the third year in a row.