Boston University's Maurice Watson Jr.
Jan. 21, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - First place is on the line when Boston University visits American on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the first-ever matchup of teams at 6-0 in the Patriot League.
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*American hosts Boston University with first place in the League standings on the line on Wednesday night.
*It is the first-ever meeting of two teams at 6-0 in the Patriot League.
*The winner will become just the eighth team to open the year with seven Patriot League victories.
*The winning coach will be the first since 1995 to start his Patriot League tenure with seven wins.
*Army aims to get five games over .500 in League action for the first time when it travels to Colgate on Wednesday.
*Loyola Maryland visits Bucknell in a matchup of two teams at .500 in the Patriot League.
*Holy Cross heads to Lafayette and Lehigh heads to Navy to complete Wednesday's slate.
*All five games on Wednesday will be available on Patriot League Network.
*BU moved to 6-0 with a 72-58 win at home against Loyola Maryland on Monday on CBS Sports Network.
*American posted a 6-0 record in Patriot League play Saturday with the last seven points in a 66-61 win over Lafayette.
*Army is one game back at 5-1 after holding on for a 74-67 win over Bucknell Sunday on CBSSN.
*All five games on Wednesday will be available on Patriot League Network.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Jan. 13-19)
Anaconda Player of the Week
JOHN SCHOOF, AMERICAN Jr., G, 6-5, 205; Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson
Schoof led the Eagles in scoring in both games last week by averaging 19.5 points in victories over Lehigh and Lafayette as American improved to 6-0 in the Patriot League for the first time. He was on fire in the first half against the Mountain Hawks and finished with season highs of 23 points and five three-pointers as American held on for a 65-63 win on the road. Schoof totaled 16 points in a 66-61 win over Lafayette on Saturday. He chipped in averages of 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting just over 50% at 14-of-27 for the week. Schoof continues to see plenty of action as he played 77 of a possible 80 minutes in the two games and is averaging 36.5 minutes per game for the year and 38.3 per game in League action. He earns his second career Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award, and is American's second honoree in the past three weeks.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
MALACHI ALEXANDER, HOLY CROSS Fr., F, 6-7, 217; Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt
Alexander scored in double figures in each of Holy Cross' wins last week as the Crusaders topped Army 78-75 on the road on Wednesday and beat Lehigh 61-42 at home on Saturday. He scored 16 points while making 5-of-8 shots and 6-of-8 free throws against the Black Knights, and tallied 13 while hitting 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 at the line against the Mountain Hawks. Alexander averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while making 66.7% of his field goals and 75.0% at the foul line for the week. He has now scored in double figures eight times in his freshman season, and leads all players with his fourth Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award this year.
MALCOLM MILLER, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, 6-7, 210; Laytonsville, Md./Gaithersburg
Miller averaged 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in a pair of wins for the Crusaders last week.
DYLON CORMIER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., G, 6-3, 184; Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons
Cormier scored 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting and had 11 rebounds in Loyola's 77-63 win over Lafayette on Monday.
KYLE WILSON, ARMY So. F, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson averaged 22.5 points in two games, with 28 in a 74-67 win against Bucknell on Sunday.
MAURICE WATSON JR, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., G, 5-10, 165; Philadelphia, Pa./Boys' Latin
Watson had 20 points, six assists and five rebounds in a 66-58 win at home versus Colgate on Wednesday.
MURPHY BURNATOWSKI, COLGATE Sr., F, 6-7, 230; Waterloo, Ont./National Elite Development Academy
Burnatowski averated 19.0 points in two games for the Raiders, with 27 in a loss at Boston University on Wednesday.
Patriot League Notebook
First-Place Showdown Highlights Wednesday's Slate
First place is on the line when Boston University visits American on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the first-ever matchup of teams at 6-0 in the Patriot League. Army will be in a tie for second place if it wins at Colgate, with the Black Knights also trying to get to five games over .500 in the Patriot League for the first time. Holy Cross looks to get over .500 in League action when it visits Lafayette, while Bucknell and Loyola each try to do the same in Lewisburg. Lehigh tries to snap a five-game losing skid, its longest in Patriot League play since 2002, when it visits Navy. All of the games will be available on Patriot League Network, with 7 p.m. tip-offs set for each contest except the BU-American clash.
BU, American Go For Rare 7-0 Starts
Boston University and American are looking to go where few Patriot League teams have gone before. The winning team will become just the eighth in Patriot League history to open with at least seven League victories. It last happened in 2011-12 when Bucknell got off to a 10-0 start, which marked just the fourth time that one team opened with more than seven wins. American and BU already join a group of only 13 teams to open 6-0, and it is just the second season that two teams reached the mark and first since Bucknell and Holy Cross both got their in 1992-93.
Top Three Teams Coming Off Victories
Boston University closed the first half on a 20-6 run and pulled away after intermission for a 72-58 win at home against Loyola Maryland Monday on CBS Sports Network to set up Wednesday's first-place matchup at American. The Eagles scored the final seven points of the game to improve to 6-0 with a 66-61 victory over Lafayette on Saturday. Both teams stay a game in front of Army after the Black Knights improved to 5-1 in the League with a 74-67 win at home against Bucknell on Sunday on CBS Sports Network. Holy Cross and Colgate each scored easy wins at home behind dominant defensive efforts on Saturday. The Crusaders improved to 3-3 in League action with a 62-41 win over Lehigh, while the Raiders notched their first Patriot League victory with a 63-41 triumph over Navy.
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 win their first six Patriot League games since the legendary Pat Flannery won his first seven League games at Bucknell in 1994-95, which the winner of the BU/American will achieve on Wednesday.
Eagles, Terriers with Rare Conference Starts
American is at 6-0 in the Patriot League for the first time, while Boston University has opened its League tenure with the same mark. Both teams have to go a long way back until they can reach that type of start in any conference they have played in. The Eagles, who are in their 13th season in the Patriot League, last started 6-0 or better in conference play when they were 11-0 under Gary Williams in the East Coast Conference in 1980-81. Boston University has its top mark since also starting 6-0 in the America East in 2002-03, and last surpassed that total by winning its first 13 America East games in 1996-97.
Eagles Winning With Efficient Shooting, Defense
American's 6-0 Patriot League start is easily explained as the Eagles lead the Patriot League in field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense in League action. American is shooting a lights out 51.8% from the field in League games, while holding its opponents to a 38.9% clip to easily lead the League in both categories. The Eagles are also cleaning up on the glass by leading the Patriot League with a +6.2 rebounding margin in League play, and have the most assists per contest as well at 17.8. For the season the Eagles rank ninth in the country with a 49.3% mark from the field. American has the longest winning streak for a Patriot League team this season at seven in a row.
Boston University Ranked No. 20 in College Insider Poll, Top 100 in RPI
Boston University came in at No. 92 in the latest NCAA RPI rating, and has been noticed for its success by claiming the No. 20 ranking in the latest College Insider.com Mid-Major poll. The Terriers are the first Patriot League team to earn a spot in the Mid-Major rankings this season, and stand 83 spots ahead of American for the best RPI in the Patriot League.
Winning on the Road
The top three teams in the Patriot League have gotten the job done on the road with a combined 9-0 mark in League play. American is off to a great start on the road as the Eagles moved to 4-0 with Wednesday's win at Lehigh, while Army is 3-0 and Boston University has a 2-0 mark in road games. The other seven teams are 3-18 in Patriot League road games to create a 18-12 edge for home squads in League action. The top teams will each face road tests in the next week as BU visits both American (Wednesday) and Bucknell (Saturday), Army heads to Colgate on Wednesday and American puts its mark at stake at Army on Saturday.
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
Loyola Md Greyhounds (8-9, 3-2) at Bucknell Bison (8-9, 3-3)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Bucknell hosts Loyola Maryland in the first League matchup between the schools, who have played the last four years.
*Bucknell won 66-46 at Loyola on Dec. 28, 2012 after the Greyhounds won 72-67 at Bucknell on the same date in 2011.
*Bucknell leads the all-time series 6-2, though the teams have split the past four seasons with all wins by the road team.
*The Bison are trying to avoid losing three straight League games for the first time since 2009.
*The Greyhounds have yet to win a League road game, and fell at BU on Monday night.
Army Black Knights (9-8, 5-1) at Colgate Raiders (7-10, 1-5)
Cotterell Court; Hamilton, N.Y. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Army tries to move five games over .500 in Patriot League play for the first time when it visits Colgate on Wednesday.
*The teams split last year's matchups with each squad winning at home.
*The Raiders posted a 93-90 overtime win over Army on Jan. 23 before the Black Knights won 77-63 at home on Feb. 20.
*The Black Knights have won three of the last four against Colgate, and two of the last three in Hamilton.
*Colgate tries to win consecutive League games for the first time since Jan. 23-26 of last year.
Holy Cross Crusaders (9-9, 3-3) at Lafayette Leopards (4-13, 0-6)
Kirby Sports Center; Easton, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Holy Cross tries to earn payback against the team that has knocked it out of the last four Patriot League Tournaments.
*The Leopards won 77-54 at home on March 6 last year for a third-straight quarterfinal win over Holy Cross.
*Lafayette also swept last year's season series and has won four straight overall against Holy Cross.
*The Leopards posted a 63-53 win at home on Jan. 23 and rallied late for a 79-76 victory at Holy Cross on Feb. 20 last year.
*Holy Cross' last win over Lafayette was a 70-63 triumph in Easton in 2012.
*The Crusaders are trying to win three straight League games for the first time since closing 2012 with six straight wins.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8-11, 1-5) at Navy Midshipmen (7-10, 2-4)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Lehigh has lost five in a row as it comes into a contest at Navy on Wednesday evening.
*The five-game slide is the longest for the Mountain Hawks in League play since dropping 11 in a row in 2002.
*The Mountain Hawks have, however, won seven straight contests against the Mids.
*Lehigh won 71-49 at Navy on Jan. 30 and 72-43 at home on Feb. 27 in last year's meetings.
*The Mountain Hawks have swept the season series with the Mids in each of the last three years.
*Navy's last wins over Lehigh came during a season sweep of the Mountain Hawks in 2010.
*Navy already snapped an eight-game series losing streak against Bucknell last week.
*The Mids are 6-1 at home while the Mountain Hawks have a 2-8 mark on the road.
Boston University Terriers (13-6, 6-0) at American Eagles (10-7, 6-0)
Bender Arena; Washington, D.C. - Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*First place in the Patriot League is on the line when Boston University visits American on Wednesday.
*It is the first-ever matchup when both teams are 6-0 in League play.
*The winning team will become just the eighth to open Patriot League play with seven victories.
*American has its best start in any conference since an 11-0 mark in the East Coast Conference in 1980-81.
*BU is 6-0 for the first time since holding the same mark in the America East in 2002-2003.
*The last time BU started better than 6-0 was when it won its first 13 America East games in 1996-97.
*The winning coach will become the first in 19 years to win his first seven Patriot League contests.
*BU holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series, last winning games against American in 1997-98 and 1998-99.
AMERICAN American scored the final seven points to rally for a 66-61 win at home against Lafayette on Saturday...The Eagles improved to 6-0 in the Patriot League for the first time, and won their seventh consecutive game overall...American had used a 13-2 run to turn a six-point deficit into a five-point lead, but Lafayette answered with an 8-1 stretch to take a 61-59 lead with two minutes left... The Eagles came right back on the next possession to go ahead for good on a three pointer by Darius Gardner with 1:39 to go...Gardner made a free throw with 42 seconds left, and a turnover by Lafayette led to a Kyle Kager layup that extended the lead to 65-61 with 23 seconds to go..John Schoof led four Eagles in double figures with 16 points, while Gardner had 13 and Tony Wroblicky and Jesse Reed each scored 11...Gardner also led the team with seven rebounds and six assists...Gardner and Schoof each played all 40 minutes for the Eagles, who held a 32-24 rebounding edge and had 12 offensive boards to overcome 6-of-26 three-point shooting...American beat Lafayette for the 18th time in the last 20 meetings...At 6-0, American has its best start in any conference play since Gary Williams led the team to an 11-0 mark in the East Coast Conference in 1980-81...American hosts Boston University in a first-place clash on Wednesday evening.
ARMY Kyle Wilson had 28 points and Josh Herbeck added 18 as Army held off Bucknell down the stretch for a 74-67 win over the Bison on Sunday at West Point...Army led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but Bucknell fought back and was up 53-50 with 7:26 to play...Wilson cut the deficit with a pair of free throws, Herbeck put Army ahead with a three and Wilson added a jumper as Army used a 7-0 run to go up 57-53 with 5:04 left...Bucknell got within two points on five occasions until Herbeck gave Army breathing room on a 30-foot three-pointer with the shot clock winding down for a 68-63 lead with under a minute to play...Wilson was 6-of-6 at the line in the final 35 seconds to help put the game away...Wilson's 28 point night included 14-of-18 foul shooting and 6-of-11 from the field, while Herbeck's 18 points came on 6-of-6 three-point shooting...Wilson made his last 12 free throws, and his 14 makes tied for 10th on Army's single-game list...The Black Knights were over 50% from the field at 24-of-46...They snapped a seven-game skid against Bucknell and beat the Bison for the first time since 2011...Army tries to get to five games over .500 in Patriot League play for the first time when it visits Colgate on Wednesday evening.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY After trailing by nine points in the first half, Boston University took over and pulled away for a 72-58 win at home against Loyola Maryland on CBS Sports Network...The Terriers, in their first season in the Patriot League, improve to 6-0 in any conference play for the first time since holding the mark in the America East in 2002-03...BU closed the first half on a 20-6 run to turn a 21-12 deficit into a 32-27 lead at the break...The Terriers opened the game up with a 7-0 stretch to take their first double-digit lead at 50-38 with 9:20 to play...BU led by at least eight the rest of the way and held a double-digit edge for the last five minutes in the 14-point win...Maurice Watson Jr. led the Terriers with 19 points and six assists, while D.J. Irving scored 14 and John Papale had 13...The trio combined to shoot 18-of-25 from the field to push the Terriers over 50% for the game at 27-of-53...BU plays at American on Wednesday night in the first matchup of teams with 6-0 records in the Patriot League.
BUCKNELL The Bison fell to 3-3 in the Patriot League and have lost consecutive League games for the first time since 2012 after dropping a 74-67 final at Army on Sunday...Bucknell fought back from an 11-point deficit to lead 53-50 with 7:26 left, but Army scored seven straight points to go ahead for good...Bucknell got within two points five times before Army closed with a 9-4 stretch to pull away... Brian Fitzpatrick led the Bison with 17 points on a perfect 8-of-8 from the field...Steven Kaspar added 13 points for Bucknell, while Ben Brackney had 11 and Cameron Ayers scored 10...Kaspar averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.0 steals in two games last week, including a career-high 10 assists in a loss to Navy on Wednesday...Bucknell hosts each of the new League members this week, beginning Wednesday against Loyola Maryland.
COLGATE Colgate opened the game with a 14-0 lead and never looked back in a 63-41 win over Navy on Saturday...The Raiders held the advantage less than five minutes into the contest, and led by double digits the rest of the way...Colgate beat Navy for the fifth consecutive time while snapping its longest League-opening losing skid at five...Ethan Jacobs and Murphy Burnatowski each scored 11 points for the Raiders, while Austin Tillotson and Damon Sherman-Newsome had 10 apiece...Colgate shot over 50% for the game at 25-of-47 while limiting Navy to under 30% overall at 17-of-58 and just 6-of-31 from three-point range..The Raiders stay home when they host Army on Wednesday evening.
HOLY CROSS Holy Cross broke the game open with a 16-0 first-half run and cruised from there for a 61-42 win at home against Lehigh on Saturday...The Crusaders improved to .500 in the Patriot League for the first time since holding a 2-2 mark last year, and won for the 18th time in the last 20 home contests against Lehigh...Lehigh held a 16-11 lead midway through the first half before Holy Cross' run of 16 straight points to take control...The Crusaders were up 27-18 at halftime, then opened with a 10-4 run in the second half and led by double digits the rest of the way...Malcolm Miller led four Crusaders in double figures with 14 points, while Malachi Alexander had 13, Justin Burrell scored 11 and Dave Dudzinski finished with 10...The Crusaders limited Lehigh to under 30% shooting both overall (16-of-54) and from three-point range (3-of-13)...Holy Cross won its second straight and third in the last four after also beating Army 78-75 on the road Wednesday... Miller and Alexander both had big performances in both of Holy Cross' wins last week...Miller averaged 15.5 points on 11-of-18 shooting and pulled down 6.5 rebounds per game, while Alexander shot 10-of-15 from the field and averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds...Holy Cross tries to get over .500 in League play at Lafayette on Wednesday.
LAFAYETTE Lafayette took another tough loss as American scored the final seven points to beat the Leopards 66-61 in Washington on Saturday...After American put up a 13-2 run to take the lead, Lafayette hit back with an 8-1 stretch for a 61-59 lead on a basket by Nick Lindner with two minutes left...The Leopards would not score again as the Eagles put up the final seven points... Bryce Scott led four Leopards in double figures with 15 points, followed by Lindner (14), Dan Trist (12) and Joey Ptasinski (10)...The Leopards were over 50% both overall (24-of-47) and from three-point range (5-of-9), but fell to 0-6 in the League and lost for the eighth straight time overall...Lafayette was outrebounded 70-47 in its two losses last week, also falling at Loyola Maryland 77-63 on Monday...Lindner averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 assists in the two games to lead the Leopards in both categories...Lafayette returns home and looks for its first League win when it faces Holy Cross on Wednesday.
LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks have dropped five straight after falling 61-42 at Holy Cross on Saturday...Lehigh was up by five points early before Holy Cross used a 16-0 run to take control for good...Austin Price was the only Mountain Hawk in double figures with 13 points as Lehigh shot under 30 percent overall and from three-point range...It was the first significant margin in the losing streak for the Mountain Hawks, who had dropped the previous four games by a combined 10 points...They lost by double digits for the first time since November...The five-game losing streak comes after the Mountain Hawks had won five in a row...Mackey McKnight is up to 496 career assists as he tries to become the fifth Patriot Leaguer with 500 or more...Lehigh stays on the road as it pays a visit to Navy on Wednesday.
LOYOLA MARYLAND Loyola held an early lead but saw Boston University take control for a 72-58 victory over the Greyhounds on Monday on CBS Sports Network...Playing for the first time in a week, the Greyhounds built a 21-12 lead midway through the first half...BU closed the period on a 20-6 run to go up five at the break, and put up a 7-0 stretch midway through the second half to go up 12 with 9:20 left..Loyola never got closer than eight points the rest of the way... Dylon Cormier had 14 points to lead Loyola, while Eric Laster added 13...Loyola lost at BU after beating the Terriers at home the past two years...The Greyhounds will face Bucknell for the fifth season in a row when they visit the Bison on Wednesday, then return home to face Colgate on Saturday.
NAVY Colgate scored the first 14 points of the game and Navy never got within single digits in a 63-41 loss in Hamilton on Saturday... Brandon Venturini had 11 points while Zach Fong scored 10 for the Mids...Navy was trying to win consecutive Patriot League games for the first time since 2011, but instead lost its fifth straight meeting against the Raiders...The tough performance came after the
Mids snapped an eight-game losing skid against Bucknell by holding off a furious Bison rally for a 62-61 victory at home on Wednesday...Bucknell missed two chances to go ahead as Navy held on in the final seconds...Venturini led Navy with 14 points, while Worth Smith had 13 and Fong finished with 10...The Mids return home to Alumni Hall, where they hold a 6-1 record this season, when they host Lehigh on Wednesday.