Home Teams Cruise in Saturday's Patriot League Men's Basketball Games

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Jan. 19, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- Bucknell and Lehigh each won by 15 points at home on Saturday to set up a showdown for first place in the Patriot League when they meet in Lewisburg on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

The Bison got yet another huge game from senior center Mike Muscala to pull out a 66-51 win over Lafayette, while Lehigh turned up its defense to post a 60-45 win over Colgate. Both teams moved to 3-0 in the Patriot League going into Wednesday's clash.

Holy Cross moved into third place behind the Bison and Mountain Hawks, improving to 2-1 in the Patriot League as hot three-point shooting led to a 79-60 victory at home against American.

There is one more weekend game as Navy visits Army on Sunday at Noon on CBS Sports Network. NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller joins Bob Socci and Chris Spatola on the broadcast crew. For more links for the contest, go here

A synopsis of each contest along with the recaps and box scores from the schools is included below.

at Bucknell 66, Lafayette 51
Box Score

LEWISBURG, Pa.- Bucknell (16-3, 3-0 Patriot League) took the lead midway through the first half and never looked back after intermission for a 66-51 win over Lafayette (8-12, 1-2) on Saturday at Sojka Pavilion.

Bucknell improves to 3-0 in the Patriot League for the third consecutive year, and has won 28 of 31 League contests in the past two seasons and 36 of the last 41 overall. The Bison beat Lafayette for the eighth straight time, and remain perfect with a 14-0 mark against the Leopards at Sojka Pavilion.

The Bison were down 11-10 with just over nine minutes to play in the first half before they took control with a 16-5 run to build a 26-16 lead. It was 27-20 at the half, and Bucknell scored the first five points of the second half and cruised from there. The Bison led by double digits the rest of the way, holding the lead between 11 and 16 points before settling on the 66-51 final.

Mike Muscala continued his dominant season with 27 points and 15 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass as he shot 12-of-24 in the game. Cameron Ayers added 12 points, while Joe Willman scored 10. The Bison shot 29-of-65 in the game, but heated up in the second half with a 18-of-35 clip. They were outstanding on the glass with a 44-32 rebounding advantage, and had 14 assists with just six turnovers in the game. Bucknell limited Lafayette to 19-of-55 shooting, and a Leopars team that excels from beyond the arc was just 1-of-13 from three-point range.

Seth Hinrichs led Lafayette with 12 points, while Dan Trist scored 11. The duo was 9-of-17 from the field, while the rest of the Leopards were 10-of-38. Tony Johnson chipped in with eight points and seven assists, and committed just one turnover as the Leopards only had six turnovers in the game. Lafayette has dropped two straight games after winning its Patriot League opener, and is just 1-10 on the road this season.

at Lehigh 60, Colgate 45
Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa.- Lehigh (13-4, 3-0) scored the first nine points and never looked back to roll to a 60-45 win over Colgate (6-13, 0-3) on Saturday at Stabler Arena.

The Mountain Hawks open 3-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2006, and beat Colgate for the fourth straight meeting. The Raiders drop to 0-3 for the third year in a row.

Lehigh was up 9-0 less than three minutes into the game, and never saw that lead fall below five points. A 10-2 run gave Lehigh a 22-9 advantage with 11:24 left in the first half, and the Mountain Hawks pushed the lead as high as 17 points before taking a 39-26 advantage at the break. Lehigh led by double digits throughout the second half, closing on a 6-1 run to hold off a late Colgate push and grab the 60-45 win.

Mackey McKnight led the Mountain Hawks with 14 points, and filled the stat sheet with seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. Holden Greiner had 12 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Anthony D'Orazio scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Lehigh won despite shooting just 4-of-22 in the second half, as it grabbed the halftime lead with a 16-of-33 clip before intermission. The Mountain Hawks were outstanding on defense, limiting Colgate to 18-of-59 (30.5%) shooting from the field and 2-of-22 from three-point range while forcing 16 Raider turnovers.

Brandon James was the only Raider in double figures with 12 points. Top scorer Murphy Burnatowski had a tough night with 1-of-13 shooting from the field and 0-of-7 from three-point range.

A video recap from Lehigh athletics is included below.

at Holy Cross 79, American 60
Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass.- Holy Cross (10-8, 2-1) opened the game on a 14-4 run and pushed its lead as high as 24 points in the first half to cruise to a 79-60 win over American (6-12, 1-2) on Saturday at the Hart Center.

The Crusaders improve to 2-1 in the Patriot League for the third year in a row. Holy Cross won with lights-out shooting, including a 13-of-21 clip from beyond the arc.

Holy Cross never trailed in the game, forcing a pair of early American timeouts as it took a 7-2 lead three minutes into the contest and made it 14-4 less than three minutes later. The first-half push continued, with the Crusaders later going on an 11-1 run to lead 41-17 with 3:34 to play in the period. American tried to stay close, whittling the gap down to 11 points in the second half. Holy Cross held a 63-51 lead with 5:38 left, and put the game out of reach from there with a 10-2 run to go on to the 79-60 win.

The Crusaders made 18-of-28 shots and 8-of-11 three-pointers in the first half to build a 45-27 lead at the break. They finished 30-of-57 from the field and 13-of-21 from three-point range in the hot-shooting effort. Five players scored in double figures, led by Jordan Stevens with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Malcolm Miller and Dave Dudzinski scored 14 points apiece, with Dudzinski pulling down 10 rebounds for his second-straight double-double and Miller adding seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Cullen Hamilton had 13 points off the bench, while Phil Beans scored 10. Justin Burrell was the distributor with nine of the team's 21 assists against just eight turnovers. Holy Cross beat American for the second straight meeting.

The Eagles fell behind in the first half when they were 9-of-24 from the field and 2-of-9 from three-point range. American finished 19-of-50 for the game and 7-of-22 from beyond the arc. Stephen Lumpkins led the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Jesse Reed scored 12 off the bench. The Eagles dropped their second straight game after opening League play with a win..

Post-game interviews with Holy Cross Head Coach Milan Brown and senior Jordan Stevens are included below.