CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell, Army and Colgate all pulled away in the second half to record victories in Saturday's Patriot League men's basketball contests.
The Bison built their lead with an early 9-1 run in the second half and were up by at least four the rest of the way in a 65-58 victory at Holy Cross on CBS Sports Network. Bucknell rebounded from a home loss against Lehigh on Saturday by winning its 29th Patriot League game in the last 33 contests.
Army also came back from a loss, shaking off an overtime defeat at Colgate by topping American 77-64 while starting five freshmen. The rookie starting five scored 56 points in the game led by Kyle Wilson with 20.
Colgate has won consecutive Patriot League games for the first time since 2010 as Murphy Burnatowski scored 29 points in a 70-56 victory at Navy. Burnatowski scored 64 points in Colgate's two victories this week.
The weekend slate continues on Sunday with Lafayette at Lehigh tipping off at Noon on CBS Sports Network.
Recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below.
WORCESTER, Mass. - Four players scored in double figures to lead Bucknell (17-4, 4-1 Patriot League) to a 65-58 win at Holy Cross (10-10, 2-3) on Saturday at the Hart Center in a game shown on CBS Sports Network.
Bucknell beat Holy Cross for the fourth time in the last five meetings as the Bison rebounded from a loss to Lehigh on Wednesday. Bucknell has won 29 of 33 Patriot League games since the start of the 2011 League campaign.
The Bison trailed in the early going, but used an 8-0 run to grab a 12-8 lead. Bucknell never fell behind again, although the Bison were never able to go up by double digits on the Crusaders. Bucknell held a 32-28 lead at the half, and used a 9-1 run to take a 41-32 advantage with 16:07 to play. Holy Cross got as close as four points twice in the final five minutes, but the Bison made 10-of-12 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Joe Willman and Bryson Johnson led the way with 16 points apiece for Bucknell, while Cameron Ayers added 15 and Mike Muscala scored 13. Muscala also pulled down 11 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season. Bucknell made 20-of-43 shots from the field, with the quartet of top scorers converting on 19-of-33 shots. The Bison also connected on 23-of-32 free throws, and committed only seven turnovers in the game. Johnson hit 3-of-4 shots and tied the school record with his 294th career three-point field goal. Bucknell held Holy Cross to under 35 percent shooting overall (18-of-53) and from three-point range (5-of-16).
Dave Dudzinski had 26 points to lead the Crusaders, making 8-of-17 shots from the field and 9-of-10 at the foul line. Justin Burrell added 11 points. The Crusaders hit 17-of-20 free throws, but could not make up for their struggles from the field. The Crusaders dropped their second straight game.
WEST POINT, N.Y. - An all-freshman starting five scored 56 points to lead Army (9-11, 2-3 Patriot League) to a 77-64 win over American (7-13, 2-3) on Saturday at Christl Arena.
The Black Knights snapped a two-game losing skid, and also put an end to a six-game losing streak against American. Army beat the Eagles for the first time since 2010.
Army's young starting five put on a show from the opening tip, helping the Black Knights jump out to a 10-2 lead. The Eagles fought back with a 25-9 stretch to take a 27-19 lead with 6:21 left in the first half before Army got back to within 32-31 at the break.
The second half was all Army, as the Black Knights came out of the locker room with the first nine points to go ahead 40-32 with 16:47 to play. Army later went on a 9-2 run to build its lead to 59-44 with 8:43 left, and was up by double digits the rest of the way in the 77-64 victory.
The freshman group was led by Kyle Wilson with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Kyle Toth added 12 points and Larry Toomey scored 10. Dylan Cox had another outstanding floor game with eight points, six rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers, giving him 16 assists without a turnover in the last two games. Ella Ellis came off the bench to score 12 points. Army made 52 percent of its shots at 26-of-50 for the game, including a blistering 14-of-22 in the second half. The Black Knights also hit 9-of-17 three-pointers and connected on 16-of-18 free throws. Army forced 15 turnovers by the Eagles and limited American to 6-of-19 from three-point range.
Stephen Lumpkins led the Eagles with 21 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double. Daniel Munoz added 13 points while John Schoof scored 12. The Eagles made 41 percent from the field (23-of-56) and had just 10 assists in the game.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Murphy Burnatowski scored 29 points and Colgate (8-13, 2-3) used a big start to roll to a 70-56 win at Navy (7-14, 1-4) on Saturday at Alumni Hall.
The Raiders have now won consecutive Patriot League games for the first time since 2010, with Burnatowksi totaling 64 points in the two victories. Colgate won its third consecutive game against Navy, and gets to 2-3 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2009.
The Raiders never trailed, building a 20-4 lead just six and half minutes into the contest. Colgate took a 37-25 lead into the half, and never saw the advantage slip below nine points after intermission. It put the game away with a 20-4 run that built the advantage to 63-38 with 6:13 left on the way to the 70-56 win.
Burnatowski went 11-of-17 from the field in his 29-point effort. He was 25-of-41 in two games this week, and 8-of-16 from the three-point range after going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc on Saturday. He was the only Raider in double figures, though Mitch Rolls chipped in with nine points and six assists, Pat Moore had nine points and four assists and Matt McMullen totaled seven points and 10 rebounds. The Raiders were an even 50 percent from the field at 26-of-52 and had 18 assists with just eight turnovers. Colgate held Navy to 31.5 percent shooting (17-of-54) and just 5-of-23 from beyond the arc.
Worth Smith led Navy with 13 points, while Brandon Venturini added 11. Navy had just six assists against 12 turnovers in the game. The Mids were particularly cold in the first half when they went 8-of-28 from the field and 2-of-14 from three-point range.