Jan. 25, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American remained undefeated while Boston University solidified its spot in the second place as both teams earned hard-fought road wins in Saturday's Patriot League men's basketball action.
The Eagles (12-7, 8-0 PL) got 20-point games from both John Schoof and Jesse Reed to hold off Army (10-9, 6-2) 84-74 and maintain sole possession of first place in the Patriot League. American becomes just the sixth team in League history to open with eight wins, and first since Bucknell started 10-0 in 2012.
Boston University (14-7, 7-1) rebounded from Wednesday's loss at American with an impressive performance on the road, building a 20-point lead and then holding off a late rally for a 64-61 win at Bucknell (9-10, 4-4).
Elsewhere, Holy Cross (11-9, 5-3) continued its charge up the standings and grabbed sole possession of fourth place with a 67-52 win at Navy (7-12, 2-6). Loyola Maryland (9-10, 4-4) matches Bucknell in fifth after a 67-60 home victory against Colgate (7-12, 1-7), while Lehigh (10-11, 3-5) has won two straight as it held on for a 71-68 win at home against rival Lafayette (4-15, 0-8).
Patriot League play continues on Monday when Colgate visits Lafayette on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m.
Recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below.
American 84 at Army 74
*American shot the lights out again to win a first-place matchup for the second time this week with an 84-74 triumph at Army on Saturday.
*The Eagles become just the sixth team to open Patriot League play with eight wins.
*Head Coach Mike Brennan is the second to begin his Patriot League tenure with eight victories, and first to do it while in his first season at a school.
*One game after shooting over 70% from the field and three-point range, American was hot again with a 28-of-51 (54.9%) mark from the field and 10-of-20 from long range.
*The Eagles inched ahead 32-30 at halftime, and led for the final 17 minutes of the contest.
*Army was within three points with eight minutes left, but would get no closer as American finally gained some separation with a 7-2 run for a 71-62 lead with under three minutes to go.
*Jesse Reed hit four free throws for a 79-70, and Darius Gardner converted a three-point play with 32 seconds to go to seal the win.
*Four players carried the scoring load for American as John Schoof had 22 points, Reed scored 20, Tony Wroblicky finished with 19 and Gardner scored 14.
*The Eagles also had a big day at the foul line with an 18-of-21 clip.
*The Eagles have scored 80 points in consecutive games for the first time since 2005.
*American beat Army for the first time since 2012 after dropping all three games last year.
*Kyle Wilson had a big game for the Black Knights with 27 points, while Tanner Plomb had 12 and Dylan Cox scored 11.
*Wilson was 4-of-6 from three-point range, but the rest of the Black Knights were 1-of-15 as the team finished 5-of-21 from downtown.
*Army fell at home for the second time in Patriot League action.
Boston University 64
at Bucknell 61
*Boston University went ahead by 20 points in the second half and then held off a furious Bucknell rally for a 64-61 win at Sojka Pavilion on Saturday.
*The Terriers led from start to finish, opening a 32-16 lead by halftime and putting together a 15-2 run to go up 50-30 with just eight minutes to play.
*The Bison were not done, as they went on a 20-6 surge to get within 56-50 with 1:28 to go.
*Cameron Ayers hit a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left followed by a Chris Hass three-pointer with 19 seconds to go to pull Bucknell within one at 59-58.
*John Papale put BU back up three at the foul line, and a steal and layup by Maurice Watson Jr. gave the Terriers a 63-58 cushion with seven seconds left.
*Hass hit another three-pointer to make it 63-61, but Papale knocked in a free throw and Bucknell could not get off a desperation attempt at the buzzer.
*Five Terriers scored in double figures as Papale, Watson and Dom Morris each had 12 and D.J. Irving and Travis Robinson added 10 apiece.
*BU limited Bucknell to 19-of-57 from the field and 8-of-23 from three-point range to make up for shooting under 40% from both categories itself.
*Both teams struggled at the foul line with BU going 13-of-22 and Bucknell shooting 15-of-23.
*Ayers led the Bison with 23 points, while Hass added 17 and Brian Fitzpatrick had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
*Fitzpatrick hit 5-of-6 shots and has now converted 26-of-30 over the last six games.
Holy Cross 67 at Navy 52
*Holy Cross never trailed and won its fourth straight game with a 67-52 triumph at Navy on Saturday.
*The Crusaders closed the first half with an 8-2 stretch for a 31-22 edge at the break, and put the game away with an 11-0 run for a 67-47 lead with just over a minute to play.
*Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 17 points, while Dave Dudzinski scored 16 and Anthony Thompson added 10.
*Holy Cross limited Navy to under 40% shooting from the field (18-of-48) and three-point range (7-of-19).
*The Crusaders made 19-of-41 field goals and 24-of-30 free throws in the game.
*Holy Cross extended its longest Patriot League win streak since 2012 to four in a row, and moved two games over .500 in League play for the first time since that same season.
*The Crusaders have also won seven straight and nine of the last 10 against the Mids.
*Worth Smith scored 19 points to lead Navy, while Brandon Venturini added 15.
*The Mids dropped their third straight game.
at Loyola Maryland 67, Colgate 60
*Loyola held off Colgate down the stretch for a 67-60 win at home on Saturday.
*The Greyhounds improved to 4-0 in the Patriot League at home to balance an 0-4 mark on the road.
*Loyola took the lead for good in the first half, going on a 20-5 run to turn an early nine-point deficit into a six-point lead and going up 31-24 at the half.
*Loyola went ahead by 11 points in the second half, but Colgate rallied with a 12-2 run to get within one at 49-48 with eight minutes to play.
*Dylon Cormier scored the next eight points for the Greyhounds as Loyola built its lead back to 57-50 with 3:16 to go.
*Cormier added four more points, but Colgate got within 61-58 on a three-pointer by Nathan Harries with 1:23 left.
*An R.J. Williams layup with 51 seconds left pushed Loyola's lead back to five, and Denzel Brito and Williams converted free throws down the stretch for the seven-point win.
*Cormier led the Greyhounds with 21 points, while Williams added 15.
*Loyola hit 24-of-54 field goals and had a solid night at the foul line with a 16-of-18 clip.
*The Greyhounds forced 15 turnovers while only committing eight of their own.
*Murphy Burnatowski led Colgate with 13 points, while Ethan Jacobs had 11 and Harries added 10.
*The Raiders made just 7-of-21 three-point shots, and only 4-of-14 in the first half.
at Lehigh 71, Lafayette 68
*Lehigh's frontcourt duo of Tim Kempton and Justin Goldsborough dominated the paint as the Mountain Hawks held on for a 71-68 win over rival Lafayette on Saturday.
*Both players scored 19 points and combined to shoot 15-of-19 from the field and pull down 15 rebounds.
*Lafayette led 34-33 at halftime and opened the second half with an 8-2 run for a 42-35 edge.
*Lehigh answered with seven straight points to tie the score, then took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Austin Price to go up 49-46 with 12:50 to go.
*The advantage would never go higher than five points, and Lafayette got within one at 66-65 on a three-pointer by Joey Ptasinski with 1:40 left.
*Dan Trist missed a shot to give Lafayette the lead before Mackey McKnight converted a pair of free throws for a 68-65 Lehigh lead with 25 seconds to play.
*McKnight gave Lehigh leads of 70-68 and 71-68 on free throws down the stretch, and Lafayette missed three-pointers that would have given it the lead and tied the game in the final seconds.
*Goldsborough made 8-of-9 shots while Kempton hit 7-of-10 as Lehigh finished over 50% at 26-of-51.
*McKnight added six points while putting together seven rebounds and nine assists.
*Trist led Lafayette with 16 points, while Bryce Scott added 14 and Joey Ptasinski scored 13.
*Lehigh beat Lafayette for the first time since 2012 after the Leopards won all three meetings last season.