Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 1.23.12

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Jan. 23, 2012

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Center Valley, Pa. - Bucknell has passed all tests during its 15-game winning streak against Patriot League foes, and on Wednesday the Bison will face another challenge as American comes to Sojka Pavilion trying to force a tie for first place.

The Eagles have won three straight to improve to 4-1 in the Patriot League, with a 67-55 win at home against Army on Saturday. Bucknell added to its streak and improved to 5-0 in the League with a 75-41 rout of Holy Cross at home. The Bison swept the Eagles in last year's season series, and finished two games ahead of American for first place in the Patriot League regular season.

Lehigh and Lafayette are both two games off Bucknell's pace after the Mountain Hawks posted a 90-76 win at the Leopards Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports Network.

The Leopards will try to get back on track on Wednesday when they visit Colgate, while the Mountain Hawks are back on CBS Sports Network Thursday when they host Navy. The Raiders topped the Mids 65-54 in overtime on Saturday to give Head Coach Matt Langel his first Patriot League victory.

Bucknell junior center Mike Muscala was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week on Monday, with Lafayette freshman forward Dan Trist capturing the Rookie of the Week honor. Muscala averaged 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for the Bison, and now has 10 double-doubles for the season. Trist averaged 12.0 points in Lafayette's two games last week.

Each of Wednesday's games will be available on Patriot League All-Access, which can be purchased for the monthly rate of $7.95. All four of the weekday contests feature teams looking for revenge after a season sweep last year. In addition to American, Colgate, Navy and Army were each swept by their opponent in 2011.

Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Jan. 16-22)

Anaconda Player of the Week
MIKE MUSCALA, BUCKNELL Jr., C, 6-11, 235; Roseville, Minn./Roseville
Muscala put together two more double-doubles, giving him 10 for the season, as the Bison posted victories over Lehigh and Holy Cross last week. In a matchup of the top two teams in the Patriot League preseason poll, Muscala scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Bison to a 68-61 win at Lehigh. He hit two big three-pointers and a jumper in the second half with the Bison holding on to slim leads. Muscala followed it up with an 11-point, 11-rebound game against Holy Cross on Saturday while playing only 23 minutes as the Bison cruised to a 75-41 win. Muscala's 10 double-doubles are tied for the 12th-most in the nation, and he is averaging 15.6 points and a Patriot League-leading 9.2 rebounds for the season. Muscala has helped the defending champion Bison to a 5-0 start in the Patriot League for the second year in a row. He claims his second Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award of the season, and the third in his career.

Anaconda Rookie of the Week
DAN TRIST, LAFAYETTE Fr., F, 6-9, 217; Sydney, Australia/North Sydney Boys'
Trist earns his first Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award after a pair of double-digit scoring efforts. He finished with 11 points in a 54-43 win at Holy Cross on Thursday, then scored a career-high 13 on 6-of-8 shooting Sunday in a 90-76 loss to Lehigh. He hit on 50 percent from the field (11-22) for the week and averaged 2.5 rebounds per game. Trist leads the Leopards and is sixth in the Patriot League with 0.7 blocked shots per game, and had a block in each game last week. He earns Lafayette's sixth Rookie of the Week honor of the year to go with classmate Seth Hinrichs' five awards.

Honorable Mention
C.J. McCOLLUM, LEHIGH Jr., G, 6-3, 185; Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak
McCollum averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in two games for the Mountain Hawks, with 26 points and seven rebounds in a 90-76 win at Lafayette on Sunday.

JULIAN SIMMONS, ARMY Sr., G, 6-0, 184; Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch (USMAPS)
Simmons averaged 21.0 points in two games for the Black Knights, doing his damage from beyond the arc by making 14-of-20 three-pointers. He finished one of the school record by making 8-of-10 three-pointers in Wednesday's 91-75 win over Colgate.

DANIEL MUNOZ, AMERICAN Jr., G, 6-1, 175; Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
Munoz averaged 11.0 points and 6.5 assists in a pair of wins for the Eagles. He led the team with seven assists versus Navy on Wednesday and six against Army Saturday.

Patriot League Notebook

Bucknell Runs Patriot League Win Streak to 15
The roll continued for Bucknell on Saturday, as the Bison routed Holy Cross 75-41 for their 15th straight win against a Patriot League opponent. It was Bucknell's 12th straight regular-season Patriot League win, and also its 12th in a row overall and 15th consecutive in the regular season against a Patriot League foe at Sojka Pavilion. Bucknell never trailed in the game, and has been behind for only 3:05 in the first five Patriot League contests. The 15-game win streak against League foes is the second-longest active stretch in Division I. The Bison are one of 19 teams that remain unbeaten in conference play, and one of six that are the defending champion in their league. Bucknell has won seven in a row overall, among the top 20 active streaks in Division I.

Consecutive Wins vs. Conference Opponents
21 - Long Island (Northeast Conference)
15 - Bucknell (Patriot League)
15 - UNC-Asheville (Big South)
14 - Kansas (Big 12)
11- Kentucky (SEC)

Revenge Factor
Each of Wednesday's games will give a team an opportunity to earn payback for a season sweep from last year. American, Colgate, Army and Navy were each swept by their opponent last year, and have all dropped three or more in a row overall to their foe on Wednesday. The Eagles have lost four straight to Bucknell after two consecutive season sweeps, while the Mids have additional revenge against Lehigh after getting knocked out of the Patriot League Tournament by the Mountain Hawks last season. Colgate has lost three straight to Lafayette, while Army has done the same against Holy Cross and has not beaten the Crusaders at home since 2002.

Another Round of Routs
The weekend action produced four more double-digit finals, as 15 of 20 Patriot League games have been decided by 10 points or more so far this season. Only two of the League games have been decided by fewer than five points. Eleven of the 20 games have featured no lead changes or ties in the second half, while in four others the winning team trailed by only two points or less after intermission. There have been five games with no lead changes at all, and an additional five where the lead remained in the winning team's hands for the final 32 minutes or more. Bucknell has been the most dominant winner, as the Bison have trailed for a total of 3:05 in their first four League games.

American Wins Again at Home, Lehigh Keeps Rolling on the Road
American boosted its record to 9-0 at Bender Arena with a 67-55 triumph over Army on Saturday. The Eagles have carried the torch for a strong home season for the Patriot League, as the eight teams are a combined 46-22 at home after three won in their own venue over the weekend. Six teams have winning records at home, and each are at least two games over .500 in their arena. Lehigh is in that group, but the Mountain Hawks are also among the top road teams in the country after their win at Lafayette on Sunday. Lehigh has an 8-5 record in true road games, tying four other teams for the second-most road wins nationally behind the nine of undefeated Murray State. In all road/neutral site games, Lehigh's 10 wins trail only the 11 for Murray State.

Eagles, Mountain Hawks Go the Other Way
American has its home success and Lehigh has done well on the road, but now the teams head in the other direction for the next three games. American begins a three-game Patriot League road trip on Wednesday at Bucknell, then makes stops at Lafayette and Colgate. Lehigh, on the other hand, plays its next three games at Stabler Arena when it hosts Navy and Army this week and Holy Cross on Feb. 4. They are the only three-game road trips or homestands on the Patriot League schedule this season.

Road Teams Rule on CBS Sports Network
Three games have been played on CBS Sports Network, and each time the road team posted a double-digit victory. Navy and Colgate hope the trend continues this week, as the Mids are at Lehigh Thursday and the Raiders head to Holy Cross Saturday to wrap up the Patriot League's January schedule on the network.

Lafayette's O'Hanlon Goes for Sole Possession of All-Time Wins Mark
Lafayette Head Coach Fran O'Hanlon tied the Patriot League all-times wins mark on Thursday with a 54-43 victory at Holy Cross. He recorded his 234th victory at Lafayette, tying former Bucknell Head Coach Pat Flannery (1994-08) for the most in Patriot League history. O'Hanlon will try to break the mark on Wednesday at Colgate. O'Hanlon also holds Patriot League records for overall (484) and League (213) games coached, and his total of 108 Patriot League wins is second only to Flannery.

Colgate's Langel Gets First Patriot League Victory
While O'Hanlon goes for a career accomplishment, his opposing coach on Wednesday is coming off his first-ever Patriot League win. Colgate Head Coach Matt Langel notched his first League win in dramatic fashion on Saturday, leading the Raiders to a late comeback for a 65-54 win in overtime at Navy.

Lehigh's McCollum Moves Up the Patriot League Scoring Chart Again
Lehigh junior C.J. McCollum scored 26 points in Sunday's win over Lafayette, and he inched one spot up the all-time Patriot League scoring leaderboard. He now has 1,751 career points, good for eighth in Patriot League history. He surpassed former Lehigh standout Brett Eppenhimer (1,742) on Sunday. Next in McCollum's sights is former Lehigh guard Jose Olivero (1,762) and Colgate standout Adonal Foyle (1,776). McCollum ranks behind only Foyle for the most points by a Patriot League player through their junior season. Last week McCollum became the all-time leader with nine career Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week awards.

McCollum, Hinkle Among Top Scorers Nationally
McCollum leads the Patriot League and is up to seventh in the country with 21.1 points per game for the season. He has pulled slightly ahead of American's Charles Hinkle in the race for the Patriot League scoring lead, as Hinkle's 19.7 average is second in the League and still stands 18th in Division I.

Nine Active 1,000-Point Scorers....Could be 10 Soon
McCollum leads the active group of 1,000-point scorers and is eighth all-time with 1,751 points. He is part of a group of nine active 1,000-point scorers in the Patriot League, and is followed by Lafayette's Ryan Willen (1,302), Holy Cross' Devin Brown (1,292), Navy's Jordan Sugars (1,230), Lafayette's Jim Mower (1,210), Colgate's Yaw Gyawu (1,171), Army's Julian Simmons (1,157), Bucknell's Mike Muscala (1,130) and Holy Cross' R.J. Evans (1,088). Bucknell's Bryan Cohen appears to be the next player headed for the list as he is within three points of 1,000. Sugars (1,230/582), McCollum (1,751/530) and Muscala (1,130/590) are among 28 players in League history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, while the latter is one of only four of that group to also add 150 blocks to his total.

Navy's Avila Doing it All
Navy sophomore J.J. Avila has not reached the 1,000-point plateau yet, but his numbers are putting the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Year in position for spots in the record book before his career is done. Avila ranks in the top five in the Patriot League in scoring (16.6), rebounding (7.3), steals (1.8) and field goal percentage (49.8). He is one of only three players in the country averaging 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the year.

Catch it All on All-Access
To view nearly all of the Patriot League men's basketball contests, fans can purchase the Patriot League All-Access package for a monthly fee of $7.95. All-Access allows subscribers to see the live action of all available Patriot League basketball games as well as the archived content for past games. All three of Wednesday's games will be available on Patriot League All-Access. To purchase the All-Access package, go to the multimedia tab at the top of the front page at www.patriotleague.org.

Patriot League on CBS Sports Network
Eleven Patriot League men's basketball contests will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network during the regular season, and the Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship will be televised on CBS Sports Network for the first time on March 7 at 7 p.m. In addition, CBS Sports Network will broadcast both semifinal games of the Patriot League Tournament on March 3 at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

Patriot League Games

American Eagles (13-7, 4-1) at Bucknell Bison (15-6, 5-0)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Series: Bucknell, 29-20
Streak: Bucknell, Four Wins Last Meeting: Bucknell 66, American 60 (2.9.2011)
Last American Win: 52-50 (2.11.2009) Last Five Games: Bucknell, 4-1

First place in the Patriot League is on the line when Bucknell hosts American on Wednesday evening at Sojka Pavilion...Both teams are off to fast starts for the second straight year, as Bucknell was at 5-0 and American 4-1 through five League contests last season...The Bison are trying to start 6-0 for the second year in a row, while a victory would give the Eagles their first 5-1 mark in League play since 2009...Bucknell finished the regular season two games ahead of the Eagles last year, in large part because the Bison swept American in the season series...Bucknell recorded a 75-60 win at American on Jan. 12, and held on for a 66-60 triumph at home on Feb. 9...It was the second straight year Bucknell won both matchups against the Eagles, giving the Bison a four-game win streak over American... The Bison have won 10 of the last 11 games against the Eagles in Lewisburg, with the only loss coming in 2009...Bucknell is also trying to add to its runs of 15 consecutive wins against Patriot League opponents, and 12 in a row against League foes at Sojka Pavilion...Bucknell has a 29-20 lead in the series, and is up 14-8 since American entered the Patriot League.

American American remained perfect at home with an impressive 67-55 win over Army on Saturday at Bender Arena...The Eagles are up to an undefeated 9-0 at Bender Arena this season, and have still never lost to the Black Knights in 13 matchups in the venue...American won its third straight game overall and remained one game behind Bucknell for first place in the Patriot League...American took the lead for good less than eight minutes into the contest, and scored eight straight points to stretch it to 20-10 with 3:06 to play in the first half...The Eagles took a 26-14 lead into the break, and pulled away late in the second half with a 14-2 surge that built the advantage to 64-40 with 3:53 to go...Troy Brewer led the Eagles with 22 points, making 8-of-11 shots with 6-of-8 from three-point range...Tony Wroblicky added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Daniel Munoz had nine points and six assists...The Eagles cruised despite leading scorer Charles Hinkle finishing below double digits for just the second time this year with eight points...American shot 15-of-29 overall and 8-of-12 from three-point range after intermission...They held off a hot-shooting Army team in the second half after smothering the Black Knights into 5-of-27 from the field and 1-of-10 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes...American won its fourth straight against the Black Knights and holds a 22-2 edge against Army as Patriot League members...American continues its three-game road trip on Saturday when it visits Lafayette.

Bucknell Bucknell extended its Patriot League winning streak in dominant fashion as it led from start to finish in a 75-41 win over Holy Cross on Saturday at Sojka Pavilion... The Bison have won 15 straight games against Patriot League opponents, including 12 in a row in the regular season...The 15-game streak against conference opponents is tied for the second-longest in Division I...They have won 12 straight against League foes at Sojka Pavilion, and 21 of 22 at home overall...Bucknell won its seventh straight game...The Bison scored the first six points and kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard for nearly six minutes...They finished the first half with five straight to take a 30-19 lead at halftime...The momentum carried into the second half, as Bucknell put together a 14-1 run for a 47-23 lead with 12:33 to go...The advantage never fell below 20 the rest of the way and peaked at 36 in the 75-41 win...Cameron Ayers led the way with 13 points and Bryan Cohen added 12, coming within three of 1,000 for his career...Mike Muscala had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the year, and third in the past four games...Bucknell made 16-of-28 shots and 7-of-12 three-pointers in the second half as it pulled away...The Bison limited the Crusaders to 14-of-57 from the field and 2-of-14 from three-point range in the game...Bucknell also held a 50-31 rebounding advantage...It leads the Patriot League and is in the top 30 nationally with a +6.5 rebound margin...The Bison notched a third straight win over the Crusaders, and recorded their most lopsided win ever against Holy Cross...Bucknell heads back on the road to complete the first half of the Patriot League schedule when it visits Navy on Saturday.

Lafayette Leopards (8-12, 3-2) at Colgate Raiders (6-13, 1-4)
Cotterell Court; Hamilton, N.Y.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Series: Colgate, 46-42
Streak: Lafayette, Three Wins Last Meeting: Lafayette 80, Colgate 65 (2.9.2011)
Last Colgate Win: 74-73 (2.10.2010) Last Five Games: Lafayette, 4-1

Lafayette tries to continue its success against Colgate when the squads meet in Hamilton on Wednesday evening...The Leopards have won three straight against the Raiders, sweeping last year's season series with a pair of double-digit victories...Lafayette posted a 75-64 win at home on Jan. 12, and defeated Colgate 80-65 at Cotterell Court on Feb. 9...Lafayette has also won the first meeting of the year with the Raiders in each of the last six seasons...The Leopards have beaten Colgate in two straight and five of the last seven at Cotterell Court...Colgate has a 46-42 edge in the series, while leading the Leopards 28-14 in regular-season Patriot League games.

Lafayette Lafayette could not keep up with a hot-shooting Lehigh team in the second half and fell to the rival Mountain Hawks 90-76 at home on Sunday on CBS Sports Network...The loss put Lafayette into a third-place tie with Lehigh in the Patriot League standings...The game was back and forth with 11 ties and 13 lead changes before Lehigh went ahead for good early in the second half...Lafayette was still down just six with 7:21 left when a 7-0 Lehigh run put the margin in double digits to stay... Ryan Willen led the way with 17 points, while Rob Delaney had 16, Dan Trist scored 13 and Jim Mower had 11...Trist was in double figures for the second straight game and earned his first Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week honor on Monday...The 13 points marked a career high...The Leopards were just under 50 percent at 24-of-49 from the field, and also had a great day at the free throw line with a 22-of-25 clip...Lafayette returns home to complete the first half of the Patriot League schedule when it faces American on Saturday.

Colgate Trailing for nearly the entire game, Colgate rallied late in regulation and dominated overtime to earn its first Patriot League win of the year with a 65-54 triumph over Navy on Saturday at Cotterell Court...The victory was also the first Patriot League win for Colgate Head Coach Matt Langel, and snapped an eight-game skid overall for the Raiders...Colgate was down by as many as 11 points in the second half, but chipped away to get within 49-48 with 1:25 to go...Navy hit a three to build the lead back to four points, but Colgate made key plays in the final minute to force overtime...John Brandenburg made a free throw to make it 52-49 with 26 seconds left, then rebounded his own miss on the second shot to give Colgate possession down three...The Raiders came through as Mitch Rolls hit a game-tying three-pointer with seven seconds to go and the game went to overtime tied at 52...Colgate scored the first 12 points of the extra period to complete the turnaround and go on to the 65-54 win...Brandenburg led the Raiders with a career-high 17 points, making 6-of-8 shots from the field...He had six points and two blocked shots in the overtime period...Mike Venezia chipped in with 13 points for the Raiders while Rolls added nine...Colgate finished over 50 percent from the field at 23-of-43 to make up for 14-of-27 shooting at the foul line...The Raiders held Navy to 21-of-58 from the field and 7-of-21 from three-point range...Five out of six of Colgate's victories have come either by five points or less or in overtime...The Raiders head to national television on Saturday when they visit Holy Cross in a game shown on CBS Sports Network.

Holy Cross Crusaders (8-11, 2-3) at Army Black Knights (9-11, 2-3)
Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Series: Holy Cross, 56-16
Streak: Holy Cross, Three Wins Last Meeting: Holy Cross 85, Army 75 (2.9.2011)
Last Army Win: 67-64 (1.13.2010) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 4-1

Holy Cross comes into West Point on a three-game losing streak, but will try to continue its success at Christl Arena when it visits Army on Wednesday...The Crusaders have won their last nine trips to the arena, including a 68-54 win at Army on Jan. 12 of last season...The Crusaders then posted an 85-75 home win over the Black Knights on Feb. 9 to sweep the season series...Holy Cross has won three straight, six of the last seven and 19 of the past 21 matchups overall against Army... Holy Cross leads the all-time series 56-16, with a 37-9 record since the teams entered the Patriot League.

Holy Cross Offensive struggles continued for the Crusaders in a 75-41 loss at Bucknell on Saturday...Holy Cross did not score for the first six minutes and trailed throughout the contest... Devin Brown led Holy Cross with 11 points, while Dave Dudzinski added 10...No player made more than three shots from the field for the Crusaders...Holy Cross has dropped three straight games after starting 2-0 in the Patriot League...It has been held below 55 points in each of the three losses, with a total of only 84 points in two games last week...The Crusaders make their second appearance on CBS Sports Network Saturday at home against Colgate.

Army The Black Knights struggled on offense in the first half and could not make it up for it after intermission as they suffered a 67-55 loss at American on Saturday...American took the lead for good less than eight minutes into the game, and pushed the advantage to 26-14 at the half...Army shot just 5-of-27 overall and 1-of-10 from three-point range in the first half...The Eagles pushed the lead as high as 24 points in the second half and went on to the 67-55 win... Three Army players scored in double figures, led by Julian Simmons with 18 on 6-of-10 from three-point range...Simmons made 14-of-20 three-pointers in two games last week, with all 42 of his points coming from beyond the arc...Josh Herbeck had 12 points and made 4-of-8 three-pointers, while Ella Ellis had 10 to keep his season-long streak of double-figure scoring games intact...Army made 13-of-24 shots and 10-of-14 three-pointers in the second half, but could not overcome its first-half shooting struggles...The Black Knights had their two-game winning streak snapped, and have still never won in 13 trips to Bender Arena...Army wraps up the first half of its Patriot League schedule on Sunday with a trip to Lehigh.

Navy Midshipmen (3-16, 0-5) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (15-6, 3-2)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa.; Thursday, 7 p.m.

Series: Navy, 45-19 TV: CBS Sports Network
Streak: Lehigh, Three Wins Last Meeting: Lehigh 87, Navy 75 (3.2.2011)
Last Navy Win: 85-78 (2.10.2010) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 3-2

Navy and Lehigh each make their second appearance on CBS Sports Network when the Mids visit the Mountain Hawks on Thursday at 7 p.m...The Mids fell at home to Army on the network on Jan. 14, while Lehigh won at rival Lafayette on Sunday...Lehigh won all three meetings against Navy last season, beating the Mids twice during the regular season and again in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals...The Mountain Hawks posted a 71-63 win at home on Jan. 12, 87-72 at Navy on Feb. 9 and 87-75 in Bethlehem in the quarterfinal contest on March 2...Navy previously swept the Mountain Hawks in the season series in 2010...Navy is trying to put an end to its longest season-opening Patriot League losing skid since dropping its first 12 contests in 2004...Navy has a 45-19 lead over Lehigh in the all-time series, with a 27-17 edge as Patriot League members.

Navy The Mids held the lead most of the way at Colgate, but once again took a very tough loss as the Raiders rallied for a 65-54 victory in overtime on Saturday...Navy dropped its 12th consecutive game, and gave up a late lead for the third time in five Patriot League contests... Navy closed the first half with a 10-2 run for a 30-24 lead at intermission, and stretched the advantage as high as 11 points in the second half...It was still a four-point lead when a three-pointer by Worth Smith made the score 52-48 with 47 seconds left, but Colgate came through down the stretch to send the game to overtime...The Raiders scored the first 12 points of the extra session to pull away for the 65-54 win... J.J. Avila filled the stat sheet again with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but had an uncharacteristically tough shooting night at 6-of-17 from the field...He averaged 21.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games last week, and is one of three players nationally at 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the season...Avila has scored in double figures in 15 straight games...Brandon Venturini and Donya Jackson each scored 11 points while Smith finished with 10, but only five players scored for the Mids in the game...Navy's shooting was off the mark, as the Mids were 21-of-58 from the field and 5-of-14 at the foul line...Eleven of Navy's 16 losses have come by single digits or in overtime...During its 12-game losing streak, Navy has held a lead or been within five points with under five minutes to play nine times...The Mids conclude the first half of the Patriot League schedule when they host Bucknell on Saturday.

Lehigh The Mountain Hawks scored 53 points in the second half to pull away from rival Lafayette and notch a 90-76 victory over the Leopards on Sunday at Kirby Sports Center in a game shown on CBS Sports Network...Lehigh improved to 15-6 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League with the win, pulling into a third-place tie with the Leopards...In a game where the score was tied 11 times and featured 13 lead changes, the Mountain Hawks took the lead for good early in the second half...C.J. McCollum had five straight points for a 50-45 lead with 16:05 to go, then scored all of Lehigh's points in a 7-0 run that stretched the advantage to 57-49 at the 13:01 mark...Lafayette was still down just six with 7:21 left when another 7-0 Lehigh run put the lead in double digits for good as the Mountain Hawks went on to the 90-76 triumph...McCollum led all scorers with 26 points, making 7-of-14 shots and hitting 10-of-12 free throws...He tallied 19 points in the second half alone, making 5-of-7 from the field and all eight of his free-throw attempts...McCollum aveaged 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in two games last week, and is up to eighth in Patriot League history with 1,751 career points...Gabe Knutson added 17 points while shooting 6-of-8 from the field and making all four of his foul shots, while Holden Greiner scored 12...Lehigh shot the ball extremely well in the 90-point effort, making 30-of-52 (57%) from the field, 7-of-14 (50%) from three-point range and 23-of-26 (88.5%) at the foul line...The second-half shooting was particularly strong, with the Mountain Hawks hitting 16-of-25 shots and 17-of-18 at the free throw stripe...Lehigh committed only seven turnovers...The Mountain Hawks defeated their rival for the fourth straight time, and second in a row at Kirby Sports Center...Lehigh continues its three-game homestand on Sunday when it faces Army.