Jan. 29, 2014
Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 1.29.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- A packed month of January concludes on Wednesday as the first half of the Patriot League schedule finishes up. American tries to extend its win streak to 10 and become the sixth Patriot League team to open with nine wins when it hosts Navy at 7:30 p.m.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Jan. 20-26)
Anaconda Player of the Week
JESSE REED AMERICAN So., G, 6-5, 185; Saltsburg, Pa./Kiski School
American had a pair of first-place showdowns last week, and Reed scored 20 points both times to help the Eagles emerge with an 86-56 win at home against Boston University on Wednesday and an 84-74 victory at Army on Saturday. He was on fire against the Terriers by making 8-of-9 shots and 3-of-3 from long range to lead an American team that shot over 70% overall and from downtown. Reed made 5-of-10 shots and 4-of-6 three-pointers while also pulling down a career-high nine rebounds in the win at Army. He averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while shooting 68.4% overall and 77.8% from both three-point range and at the foul line. The Eagles become just the sixth team in Patriot League history to open with an 8-0 mark in League play. Reed is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the first time, and gives the Eagles three different honorees in the past four weeks after Tony Wroblicky (Jan. 6) and John Schoof (Jan. 20) were also named. American is the first team to have three different players earn Player of the Week honors since Navy's Jordan Sugars, Chris Harris and O.J. Avworo were selected in 2009-10.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
TIM KEMPTON, LEHIGH Fr., F/C, 6-10, 225; Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy College Prep
Kempton had a pair of solid performances to help Lehigh pull out two close victories last week. He started with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled down six rebounds as the Mountain Hawks won 68-66 in overtime at Navy on Wednesday. Kempton stepped up in his first matchup with archrival Lafayette on Saturday by scoring 19 points while shooting 7-of-10 from the field and pulling down seven rebounds in Lehigh's 71-68 victory. He led the team in scoring in both games and is now averaging 12.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the season. Kempton is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the third time.
JUSTIN GOLDSBOROUGH, LEHIGH So., F, 6-8, 210; Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephens & St. Agnes School
Goldsborough averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while making 13-of-14 shots in a pair of victories for Lehigh.
KYLE WILSON, ARMY So. F, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson averaged 21.0 points in a 1-1 week for the Black Knights, with 27 in a loss to American on Saturday.
MAURICE WATSON JR, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., G, 5-10, 165; Philadelphia, Pa./Boys' Latin
Watson averaged 15.3 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals as Boston University went 2-1 last week.
CAMERON AYERS, BUCKNELL Sr., G, 6-5, 203; Blue Bell, Pa./Germantown Academy
Ayers averaged 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds and made 22-of-24 free throws in a 1-1 week for the Bison.
WORTH SMITH, NAVY Jr., F, 6-6, 202; Mooresville, N.C./Charlotte Christian
Smith had a carer-high 26 points in an overtime loss against Lehigh on Wednesday, and averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks in two games last week.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*American tries to finish the first half of the Patriot League schedule undefeated when it hosts Navy on Wednesday.
*Wednesday's action also includes Army at Boston University, Loyola Maryland at Holy Cross and Bucknell at Lehigh.
*All four of Wednesday's games will be available on Patriot League Network.
*The Bucknell/Lehigh game will feature an exclusive broadcast produced by Campus Insiders.
*The weekday schedule opened Monday as Colgate beat Lafayette 75-68 on CBS Sports Network.
*American became one of six teams to open Patriot League play at 8-0 when it won 84-74 at Army on Saturday.
*The Eagles won a pair of first-place matchups last week, also beating Boston University at home on Wednesday.
*Jesse Reed became the third Eagle in the past four weeks to earn the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award.
*American is one of 21 conference unbeatens left in Division I, and one of only four entering the week at 8-0.
*The top four teams in the League standings are a combined 15-3 on the road in Patriot League play.
*The other six squads are just 3-19 on the road in League action, and four teams have yet to record a win.
Patriot League Notebook
First Half of Patriot League Slate Concludes Wednesday
A packed month of January concludes on Wednesday as the first half of the Patriot League schedule finishes up. American tries to extend its win streak to 10 and become the sixth Patriot League team to open with nine wins when it hosts Navy at 7:30 p.m. Army is at Boston University in a key matchup, while Loyola Maryland is at Holy Cross and Bucknell goes to Lehigh in other contests. All three of those matchups begin at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network, with the Bucknell/Lehigh game an exclusive broadcast produced by Campus Insiders. Colgate and Lafayette have already concluded their first half after the Raiders won 75-68 in Easton on Monday on CBS Sports Network.
American Tops Army to Win Another First-Place Matchup
American remained undefeated while Boston University solidified its spot in second place as both teams earned hard-fought road wins in Saturday's games. The Eagles got 20-point games from both John Schoof and Jesse Reed to hold off Army 84-74 and maintain sole possession of first place in the Patriot League. Boston University built a 20-point lead and then held off a late rally for a 64-61 win at Bucknell. Elsewhere, Holy Cross continued its charge up the standings and grabbed sole possession of fourth place with a 67-52 win at Navy. Loyola Maryland matches Bucknell in fifth after a 67-60 home victory against Colgate, while Lehigh has won two straight as it held on for a 71-68 win at home against rival Lafayette.
Eagles Off to One of the Best Starts in Patriot League History
American became the sixth team in Patriot League history to open 8-0 with its win over Army on Saturday. All five of the previous squads made it to 9-0, but only the undefeated Bucknell team in 2005-06 got past 11 wins before a loss. American Head Coach Mike Brennan is just the second in League history to win his first eight League games to open his League tenure. He is the first to do it in his initial season at the school, as Fordham's Nick Macarchuk was 11-0 to begin the League's inaugural campaign in 1990-91. The Eagles, who are in their 13th season in the Patriot League, last started 8-0 or better in conference play when they were 11-0 under Gary Williams in the East Coast Conference in 1980-81.
American On a Short List of Division I Conference Unbeatens
American is one of 21 Division I teams with an undefeated mark in conference play entering the week, with only the Ivy League with more than one squad as the Ancient Eight just opened its conference slate. The Eagles join Cincinnati (American Athletic Conference), Wichita State (Missouri Valley) and Chattanooga (Southern) as the only squads who enter the week with an undefeated mark and eight victories in conference play, with no team yet starting 9-0. American also boasts one of the longest winning streaks in the country at nine games.
Eagles Shooting the Lights Out in League Play
American's start has featured strong play on both ends of the court, but of particular note is the sharp-shooting of the Eagles in League action. After just missing a Patriot League single-game record with 71.4% shooting on Wednesday against Boston University, the Eagles hit at a 28-of-51 clip against Army and are shooting 54.4% from the field in League action. American made 21-of-34 three-pointers last week to bring its mark to 41.8% in League play, and also leads in field goal percentage defense at 38.3%. The Eagles lead the Patriot League in field goal percentage (50.7%) and field goal percentage defense (40.3%) for the season, owning one of the greatest differences in the two areas in the nation.
Another Eagle Earns POW Honor
American's Jesse Reed became the third Eagles to earn the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award when he claimed the honor on Monday to join Tony Wroblicky (Jan. 6) and John Schoof (Jan. 20). The Eagles are the first team since Navy (2009-10) to have three different student-athletes claim the Player of the Week award.
Winning on the Road
Successful teams need to win games on the road, and the Patriot League season is proving that point so far. The top four teams in the Patriot League standings have a 15-3 record in League road games, with American (5-0) and Army (4-0) each undefeated so far. The other six teams are just 4-19 on the road in League play, with only Lehigh, Bucknell and Colgate owning road wins. Home teams have a 22-19 edge for the season, though road squads won seven of the last 11 games.
BU Sees Outstanding League-Opening Run Come to an End
Boston University's undefeated Patriot League run ended with a thud on Wednesday, but the Terriers still enjoyed some unique success by opening 6-0. Boston University joined a group of only 14 teams to begin Patriot League play with a 6-0 mark, and had its best start to conference play since opening 6-0 in the America East in 2002-03. Boston University Head Coach Joe Jones joined American's Mike Brennan as the first coaches to open their League tenure with six wins since Lehigh's Billy Taylor in 2002-03. BU enters the week with the top NCAA RPI among Patriot League schools at No. 89.
While American had a pair of dominant efforts, most of the Patriot League games were tight last week. Two more went down to the wire on Saturday as Boston University held on for a 64-61 win at Bucknell and Lehigh survived for a 71-68 victory over Lafayette. That was after three games were decided by three points or less on Wednesday. Of the 41 League games played to date, 24 have been decided by single digits and 14 have finished with margins of five points or less.
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, with two coming up this week as Bucknell visits Lehigh on Wednesday and Holy Cross heads to American on Saturday.
Patriot League Games
Army Black Knights (10-9, 6-2) at Boston University Terriers (14-7, 7-1)
Agganis Arena; Boston, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Army and Boston University battle for position at the top of the League standings at Agganis Arena on Wednesday.
*The Terriers are in second place at 7-1, while the Black Knights sit in third place at 6-2 in League action.
*Both teams lost to American last week with a chance at first place on the line.
*Army is a perfect 4-0 on the road while BU has an undefeated 4-0 home mark in Patriot League games.
*Boston University has a 9-6 lead in the all-time series with Army.
*The teams are facing off for the first time since BU won 103-83 early in the 1994-95 season.
*BU won all four meetings between the schools in five years from 1990-91 to 1994-95.
Loyola Md Greyhounds (9-10, 4-4) at Holy Cross Crusaders (11-9, 5-3)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Charter TV3
*Loyola Maryland and Holy Cross try to climb the Patriot League standings when they meet in Worcester on Wednesday.
*The Crusaders have won four straight to reach fourth place at 5-3, one game ahead of the Greyhounds at 4-4.
*The teams have split four meetings as they face off for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
*Loyola won the most recent meeting 73-55 on Dec. 29, 1995 in the Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif.
*The home team won the other three matchups between the schools.
*Holy Cross is trying to extend its longest League winning streak since 2012.
*Loyola is going for its first Patriot League road win, as the Greyhounds are 0-4 away from home and 4-0 at Reitz Arena.
Bucknell Bison (9-10, 4-4) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (10-11, 3-5)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*The top rivalry in recent seasons in the Patriot League has plenty of new faces as Bucknell visits Lehigh on Wednesday.
*The Patriot League Network broadcast features an exclusive production by Campus Insiders.
*The teams split the matchups last year with each squad winning on the road.
*Lehigh won 65-62 at Bucknell on Jan. 23 before the Bison scored a 61-55 victory at Lehigh on Feb. 18 last season.
*The road team has won the last five games in the series, including Lehigh's win at Bucknell in the 2012 League title game.
*Bucknell has won the matchup in Bethlehem in each of the last three seasons.
Navy Midshipmen (7-12, 2-6) at American Eagles (12-7, 8-0)
Bender Arena; Washington, D.C. - Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*American aims to become the sixth Patriot League team to start 9-0 in League action when it hosts Navy on Wednesday.
*Navy put an end to American's four-game streak in the series with a 50-44 victory at home on Feb. 20 last year.
*The Eagles won 72-49 at home on Jan. 23 and have claimed nine of the past 11 meetings with the Mids.
*American holds a slim 39-38 edge all-time, but is up 22-5 on Navy as Patriot League members.
*American has won six straight home games against Navy since the Mids won at Bender Arena in 2008.
Colgate Raiders 75 (8-12, 2-7) at Lafayette Leopards 68 (4-16, 0-9)
*Colgate showed it is more than a long-range squad as the Raiders overcame a tough three-point shooting night to beat Lafayette 75-68 on Monday.
*Colgate had what proved to be a decisive 10-2 run to close the first half and take a 38-30 lead at the break.
*The Raiders scored six straight points to build a double-digit lead at 51-41 midway through the second half.
*Lafayette chipped away and got as close as three points in the final minute, but Colgate secured the win by hitting 12-of-14 foul shots in the last two minutes.
*Four Raiders scored in double figures as Austin Tillotson had 16 points, Murphy Burnatowski finished with 15, Damon Sherman-Newsome had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Luke Roh scored 12.
*Colgate made 24-of-53 shots and 23-of-27 free throws to win a game where it was just 4-of-23 from three-point range.
*Joey Ptasinski led Lafayette with 21 points while making 8-of-10 shots and 5-of-6 three-pointers.
*Bryce Scott (12), Nick Lindner (11) and Monty Boykins (10) each finished in double figures while Seth Hinrichs scored five in his first action since mid-December.
*Colgate beat Lafayette for the first time since 2010, snapping a seven-game skid against the Leopards.
AMERICAN American passed two huge tests to remain undefeated in the Patriot League last week, topping Boston University 86-56 at home on Wednesday before an 84-74 win at Army on Saturday...It is the first time since 2005 that the Eagles have scored 80+ points in back-to-back games... 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 against BU, American was hot again with a 28-of-51 (54.9%) mark from the field and 10-of-20 from long range versus Army...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 wi a 7-2 run for a 71-62 lead with under three minutes to go...Four players carried the scoring load for American as John Schoof had 22 points, Jesse Reed scored 20, Tony Wroblicky finished with 19 and Darius Gardner scored 14...American beat Army for the first time since 2012 after dropping all three games last year....The Eagles have won nine straight overall, their longest run since a 13-game streak in 2009...American tries to sweep the first half of the League slate when it hosts Navy on Wednesday night.
ARMY The Black Knights had a chance to grab a piece of first place in the Patriot League, but could not stop a hot-shooting American squad and fell 84-74 to the Eagles at home on Saturday..Army hung tight throughout the game, but trailed for the final 17 minutes of the contest...American pulled away with a late 7-2 stretch and went on to the 10-point win... 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, dropping to 2-2 at Christl Arena...The Black Knights have a perfect 4-0 mark on the road in League play, but face their biggest test away from home to date when they visit Boston University on Wednesday.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY 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...Bucknell got within one in the final minute, but 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...Papale knocked in another free throw to secure the three-point win...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...The Terriers bounced back from their first Patriot League loss at American on Wednesday...They return home to face Army on Wednesday night.
BUCKNELL The Bison nearly rallied from a 20-point deficit on Saturday, but could not get all the way back and fell 64-61 to Boston University...Bucknell was down 50-30 with eight minutes to play before going 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...But BU hit free throws to go back up three, and then got a steal and layup with less than 10 seconds to go to push the lead to five and secure the win... Ayers led the Bison with 23 points, while Hass added 17 and Brian Fitzpatrick had 10 points and 11 rebounds...Ayers made 12-of-14 free throws in the game after hitting 10-of-10 versus Loyola on Wednesday...He had never before attempted 10 free throws in a game...Fitzpatrick hit 5-of-6 shots and has now converted 26-of-30 over the last six games...The Bison have two road games this week, beginning with a trip to Lehigh on Wednesday.
COLGATE Colgate showed it is more than a long-range squad as the Raiders overcame a tough three-point shooting night to beat Lafayette 75-68...Colgate had what proved to be a decisive 10-2 run to close the first half and take a 38-30 lead at the break...The Raiders scored six straight points to build a double-digit lead at 51-41 midway through the second half....Lafayette chipped away and got as close as three points in the final minute, but Colgate secured the win by hitting 12-of-14 foul shots in the last two minutes...Four Raiders scored in double figures as Austin Tillotson had 16 points, Murphy Burnatowski finished with 15, Damon Sherman-Newsome had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Luke Roh scored 12...Colgate made 24-of-53 shots and 23-of-27 free throws to win a game where it was just 4-of-23 from three-point range, well below its average of more than nine treys coming into the game...The Raiders go for a winning streak when they host Bucknell on Saturday.
HOLY CROSS 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... They have also won seven straight and nine of the last 10 against the Mids...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...Three of the four wins have come on the road, but Holy Cross returns home on Wednesday to face Loyola.
LAFAYETTE The Leopards fell behind late in the first half and could never get all the way back in the game in a 75-68 loss to Colgate on Monday night on CBS Sports Network...The Raiders used a 10-2 run to go up 38-30 at the break, and Lafayette never tied or led in the second half...The Leopards did chip away and get as close as three points in the final minute, but the Raiders hit 12-of-14 free throws in the last two minutes to secure the win... Joey Ptasinski led Lafayette with 21 points while making 8-of-10 shots and 5-of-6 three-pointers...Bryce Scott (12), Nick Lindner (11) and Monty Boykins (10) each finished in double figures while Seth Hinrichs scored five in his first action since mid-December...Lafayette saw its seven-game winning streak over Colgate come to an end, and lost its 11th in a row overall...The Leopards have lost their last four games by a total of 16 points, all coming by seven points or less...Lafayette remains at home to take on Navy on Saturday.
LEHIGH 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...Lehigh tied the score early in the second half with a 7-0 run, and 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..After Lafayette missed a shot for the lead, Mackey McKnight converted a pair of free throws for a 68-65 Lehigh edge 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...Goldsborough hit 13-of-14 shots last week and has scored in double figures four times in the last six games after not doing so in the first 15 games...McKnight added six points while putting together seven rebounds and nine assists...Lehigh beat Lafayette for the first time since 2012 after the Leopards won all three meetings last year...Lehigh goes for a three-game winning streak when it hosts Bucknell on Wednesday.
LOYOLA MARYLAND 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 go up 31-24 at the half...Loyola went ahead by 11 points in the second half, but Colgate came back to within one with eight minutes left...Dylon Cormier scored the next 12 points for Loyola, though Colgate came back to within 61-58 in the final minute...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...Loyola goes for its first Patriot League road win when it heads to Holy Cross on Wednesday.
NAVY Navy had a tough night on offense in a 67-52 home loss to Holy Cross on Saturday...The Mids never led, and saw Holy Cross use an 8-2 run to build a 31-22 halftime lead and an 11-0 stretch to take a 20-point lead in the final minutes...Navy shot under 40% from the field (18-of-48) and three-point range (7-of-19)...The Mids lost to the Crusaders for the seventh straight time and ninth in
the last 10...Worth Smith scored 19 points to lead Navy, while Brandon Venturini added 15...Smith had scored a career-high 26 in an overtime loss to Lehigh on Wednesday, and averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks last week...He is just the fourth player in Navy history with 700 points, 400 rebounds, 70 blocks and 70 steals in a career, joining David Robinson, Sitapha Savane and Eddie Riddick...Navy has lost three straight games heading into a challenging road trip at League unbeaten American on Wednesday.