Jan. 28, 2013
Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 1.28.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Lehigh and Bucknell continue to lead in the Patriot League race, but a big win on Sunday has Lafayette breathing down the necks of the Mountain Hawks and Bison.
The Leopards made the short trip to rival Lehigh and routed the Mountain Hawks 78-57 on Sunday afternoon. Lehigh fell in to a first-place tie with Bucknell, who won 65-58 at Holy Cross on Saturday, while Lafayette moved into sole possession of third place with the victory.
The victory allowed the Leopards to gain a game of separation from a pack of four teams at 2-3 in League play. Army and Colgate each improved to that mark on Saturday, with the Black Knights knocking off American 77-64 at home and the Raiders going on the road for a 70-56 triumph over Navy.
Lehigh and Bucknell each head on the road Wednesday to try to maintain at least a share of first place with the other. The Mountain Hawks make the trek to Navy while the Bison head to American. Lehigh has won the last five games with Navy, while Bucknell has topped American in six straight meetings.
Lafayette hosts Colgate Wednesday with each team looking for a three-game win streak, which the Leopards last accomplished in Patriot League play in 2010 and the Raiders in 2009. Also, Army goes to Holy Cross with both teams trying to get to .500 in League action.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Jan. 21-27)
Anaconda Player of the Week
MURPHY BURNATOWSKI, COLGATE Jr., F, 6-7, 230; Waterloo, Ont./National Elite Development Academy
Burnatowksi had a pair of stellar games to lead Colgate to its first two Patriot League victories of the season last week. He exploded for a career-high 35 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer with 12 seconds left in overtime of a 93-90 win over Army on Wednesday, then came through with 29 points in a 70-56 victory at Navy on Saturday. Burnatowksi shot well in each game, making 14-of-24 shots and 5-of-9 three-pointers against Army and 11-of-17 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc against Navy. He finished the week shooting 61 percent from the field (25-of-41) and 50 percent from three-point range (8-of-16) in the two games. Burnatowski came alive in the second half against Army with 31 points after intermission as the Raiders came back from a 14-point deficit. He averaged 32.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the week. Burnatowski stands second in the Patriot League and in the top 50 nationally with 18.0 points per game for the year. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the second time this season, becoming the first Raider since Howard Blue in 2003-04 to win the honor twice in the same year.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
KYLE WILSON, ARMY Fr., G, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson had a pair of 20-point efforts as Army split its contests last week. He tallied 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting as the Black Knights fell 93-90 in overtime at Colgate on Wednesday, then followed it up with 20 points on 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 at the foul line in a 77-64 win over American on Saturday. He was part of a freshmen group that accounted for more than 70 percent of Army's scoring during the week, with five plebes in the starting lineup on Saturday. Wilson hit 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the field for the week while also making 7-of-8 foul shots in the two games. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the fourth time, matching Navy's Tilman Dunbar for the most this season.
SETH HINRICHS, LAFAYETTE So., G, 6-7, 214; Clara City, Minn./Maccray
Hinrichs averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as Lafayette topped Holy Cross on Wednesday and Lehigh on Sunday. He had his first-career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Mountain Hawks.
B.J. BAILEY, LEHIGH Jr., G, 6-3; Mays Landing, N.J./Holy Spirit
Bailey averaged 15.0 points while making 10-of-18 shots and 6-of-7 three-pointers in two games last week. He had 18 points and made all four three-point attempts in a 65-62 win at Bucknell on Wednesday.
JOHN SCHOOF, AMERICAN So., G, 6-5, 205; Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson
Schoof had 27 points and made 8-of-10 three-pointers in a 72-49 win over Navy on Wednesday.
JOE WILLMAN, BUCKNELL Sr., F, 6-8, 209; Tinton Falls, N.J./Monmouth Regional
Willman averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while making 14-of-21 shots on the week for the Bison.
BRYCE SCOTT, LAFAYETTE Fr., G, 6-2, 179; El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge
Scott averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds in two wins for the Leopards last week.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*Lehigh and Bucknell are both on the road Wednesday evening.
*The teams share first place after Lafayette won 78-57 at Lehigh on Sunday.
*The Lafayette-Colgate winner will be on a three-game League winning streak.
*Lafayette's last three-game Patriot League win streak came in 2010, while Colgate last did it in 2009.
*Lehigh is trying to go 5-1 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2006.
*Lafayette aims to go 4-2 in the Patriot League for the second year in a row.
*Colgate has not been at or above .500 through six League contests since 2005.
*Bucknell has won the last six meetings against American.
*Lehigh has won five straight versus Navy, while Lafayette has versus Colgate.
*Patriot League teams are just 11-9 at home in League contests.
*Every team but Army has won on the road in Patriot League play, while only Lafayette has an unblemished home mark in League action.
*Bucknell's Mike Muscala leads the League in points, rebounds and blocks, and is among the Division I top 20 in each category.
*The top seven scorers in the Patriot League all stand 6-foot-7 or taller.
*Army ended a six-game losing streak to American on Saturday, while Lafayette snapped a five-game skid versus Lehigh on Sunday.
*The Mountain Hawks also saw a five-game overall win streak end.
*Lehigh had won nine straight Patriot League games and 12 in a row vs. League opponents including the postseason.
Patriot League Notebook
Lehigh, Bucknell Tied, Lafayette One Behind After Big Leopards Win
Lehigh and Bucknell remain at the top of the Patriot League, but someone has emerged from the glut of teams below to get within one game of the Mountain Hawks and Bison. Lafayette dominated on both ends of the court to come away with a 78-57 victory at Lehigh on Sunday, ending a five-game losing streak to the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh also saw streaks of five straight games overall, nine in the Patriot League and 12 against League opponents come to an end. The victory capped an impressive week for the Leopards, who also beat Holy Cross 63-53 on Wednesday. Bucknell pulled back into a first-place tie with Lehigh on the heels of its 65-58 win at Holy Cross on Saturday. The Bison and Mountain Hawks are both 4-1 in the League, one game ahead of the third-place Leopards and two up on Holy Cross, Army, American and Colgate tied for fourth at 2-3.
Doing it with Defense
Lafayette entered the week last in the Patriot League in scoring defense for the season, but the Leopards showed an ability to clamp down in their two victories. They limited Holy Cross to 35.1 percent shooting and Lehigh to 33.9 percent from the field while allowing just 55.0 points per game in the two victories. While the Leopards still stand eighth in scoring defense for the whole season, they are third in the Patriot League with 60.0 points per contest allowed in League play. The top two? Bucknell, at 57.6 points per game, and Lehigh, at 57.8, showing that defense is key to winning in the League.
Burnatowksi Leads Raiders to Back-to-Back Wins
Lafayette was not the only team to go unbeaten in League play last week as Colgate also earned a pair of victories to record its first two-game League winning streak since 2010. Murphy Burnatowski led the way, scoring a career-high 35 points and hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 12 seconds left in a 93-90 overtime victory against Army on Wednesday and totaling 29 points in a 70-56 win at Navy on Saturday. Burnatowski is up to second in the Patriot League and in the top 50 nationally with 18.0 points per game for the season, and on Monday became the first Raider since the 2003-04 campaign to win a pair of Anaconda Player of the Week awards in the same year.
Raiders, Leopards Go For Three in a Row
Either Colgate or Lafayette will build on last week's success with another win on Wednesday as the Raiders pay a visit to the Leopards in Easton. Lafayette's last three-game Patriot League win streak came in 2010, while Colgate last did it in 2009. The Leopards are trying to go 4-2 in the Patriot League for the second year in a row, while Colgate has not been at or above .500 through six League contests since 2005.
Big Men Leading the Way in Patriot League
Bucknell center Mike Muscala has received his share of praise and accolades all season, but he's not the only big man doing damage in the Patriot League. Each of the League's top seven scorers and eight of the top nine stand at 6-foot-7 or taller, with a number of those players also hitting the boards hard. Muscala is the standard-bearer in scoring (19.5 ppg), rebounding (11.0) and blocked shots (2.9), ranking in the top 20 nationally in all three categories. He remains the most efficient player in the nation according to the ratings on ESPN.com. American's Stephen Lumpkins (15.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg) and Holy Cross' Dave Dudzinski (16.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg) are in the top five in the Patriot League in scoring and rebounding. Lumpkins is 21st in the nation in rebounding, while Colgate's Murphy Burnatowski is 47th in the country with 18.0 points per game. Army's Ella Ellis (16.6 ppg), Lafayette's Seth Hinrichs (14.1 ppg) and Lehigh's Gabe Knutson (13.5 ppg) round out the big men at the top of the scoring charts.
Freshmen Flourishing at Academies
Freshmen at West Point and Annapolis have to get used to the rigors of military life as well as academics and athletics, but it doesn't seem to be stopping the groups in the class of 2016. Army had an all freshmen starting five in Saturday's 77-64 win over American. Kyle Wilson had his second-straight 20-point game as the starting plebes had 56 of the team's 77 points. Wilson leads all Patriot League freshmen and is 10th overall with 12.5 points per game, and on Monday won his fourth Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award. That matches Navy's Tilman Dunbar, who is leading the Mids with 10.2 points per game while pacing the Patriot League and ranking in the top 50 nationally with 5.2 assists per contest. A player from either Army or Navy has won 10 of the 12 Anaconda Rookie of the Week awards this season.
Patriot League All-Access Has You Covered
The Patriot League had five games on CBS Sports Network in January, with the slate on the network picking back up on Feb. 16. Until then, Patriot League All-Access will have every game on the air starting with all four contests Wednesday to wrap up the month of January. The coverage continues in February as every game not shown on CBS Sports Network will be on All-Access.
Patriot League Games
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (14-5, 4-1) at Navy Midshipmen (7-14, 1-4)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.
*Lehigh aims to get back on track by extending its five-game streak against Navy on Wednesday in Annapolis.
*The Mountain Hawks won last year's games 71-60 at home on Jan. 26 and 58-41 at Navy on Feb. 22.
*Lehigh also swept a pair of regular-season contests and won a Patriot League quarterfinal against Navy in 2011.
*The Mids swept the Mountain Hawks in 2010 before Lehigh claimed all five games over the last two years.
*Navy has a 44-22 lead over Lehigh in the all-time series, with a 26-20 edge as Patriot League members.
*Lehigh is trying to improve to 5-1 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2006.
Colgate Raiders (8-13, 2-3) at Lafayette Leopards (10-12, 3-2)
Kirby Sports Center; Easton, Pa.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.
TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*The two hottest teams in the Patriot League clash when Colgate visits Lafayette on Wednesday.
*Each squad won both of its games last week to enter the matchup on a two-game win streak.
*Lafayette has gotten the better of the matchup in recent years with five straight wins over the Raiders.
*The run started in the 2010 Patriot League quarterfinals and continued with a season sweep each of the last two years.
*The Leopards won 82-76 at Colgate on Jan. 25 and 84-67 at home on Feb. 22 in last year's matchups.
*Colgate's last win over Lafayette was a 74-73 triumph in Easton in 2010.
*Colgate has a 46-44 edge in the series, while leading the Leopards 28-16 in regular-season Patriot League games.
*Lafayette's last three-game Patriot League win streak came in 2010, while Colgate last did it in 2009.
*The Leopards are trying to go 4-2 in the Patriot League for the second year in a row.
*Colgate has not been at or above .500 through six League contests since 2005.
Army Black Knights (9-11, 2-3) at Holy Cross Crusaders (10-10, 2-3)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.
TV: WCTR-TV 3 (Charter)
*Two of the teams in the four-way tie for fourth place in the Patriot League face off when Army visits Holy Cross.
*Holy Cross won the most recent meeting at home, topping the Black Knights 82-51 at the Hart Center on Feb. 22.
*Army won 74-68 at home on Jan. 25 of last season.
*Holy Cross has won four of the past five, seven of the last nine and 20 of the last 23 matchups against Army.
*The Black Knights did come away with wins at the Hart Center in both 2008 and 2010.
*Holy Cross leads the all-time series 57-17, with a 38-10 record since the teams entered the Patriot League.
*Army tries to go .500 through six League contests for the second year in a row, while Holy Cross last did it in 2011.
Bucknell Bison (17-4, 4-1) at American Eagles (7-13, 2-3)
Bender Arena; Washington, D.C.; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
*Bucknell has won six games in a row against American heading into the teams' matchup on Wednesday at Bender Arena.
*The Bison swept last year's season series by winning 67-61 at home on Jan. 25 and 55-50 at American on Feb. 23.
*Bucknell has swept the Eagles in each of the last three seasons, including wins in all three games at Bender Arena.
*American's last wins came in a season sweep of the Bison in 2009.
*Five of the last seven meetings have been decided by six points or less.
*Bucknell has a 31-20 lead in the series, and is up 16-8 since American entered the Patriot League.
*Bucknell tries to keep up another fast start after opening 6-0 and 10-0 in the Patriot League in the last two seasons.
*American has not been under. 500 through six League games since 2007.
AMERICAN The Eagles split their games last week, beating Navy 72-49 at home on Wednesday before falling 77-64 at Army on Saturday...It was another solid week for Stephen Lumpkins, who averaged 19.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in the two games...He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss at Army on Saturday...The Eagles led by eight points late in the first half and one at the break, but saw Army take control with the first nine points after intermission...Daniel Munoz added 13 points while John Schoof scored 12 in the loss...Schoof was the star on Wednesday, making 8-of-10 three-pointers and scoring 27 points in the win over Navy...Lumpkins just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Tony Wroblicky also came close with nine points and 11 rebounds...Lumpkins is up to fourth in Patriot League history with 795 career rebounds, and is among the top 25 nationally with 9.6 boards per game this year...The Eagles begin a three-game homestand this week when they welcome Bucknell on Wednesday and Lafayette on Saturday.
ARMY The Black Knights snapped a two-game losing skid with a 77-64 triumph over American on Saturday...Army also ended a six-game losing streak to the Eagles and got to at least 2-3 in the Patriot League for the seventh straight year... An all-freshman starting five scored 56 points to lead the way, led by Kyle Wilson with 20...Army trailed by eight points in the first half, but got to within one at the break and dominated after intermission...The Black Knights scored the first nine points to go ahead 40-32, and later went on a 9-2 run to build the lead to 15 points on the way to the 77-64 win...In addition to Wilson, top contributions from the freshmen came from Kyle Toth with 12 points, Larry Toomey with 10 and Dylan Cox with eight points, six rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers...Cox had 16 assists and no turnovers in the two games last week... 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 rebounded after letting a game get away on Wednesday, as it led by as many as 14 points in the second half and six in the final minute before Colgate rallied to force overtime and won 93-90 on a three-pointer with 12 seconds to play...Wilson led the way with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting...He has already reached 250 points this year, becoming just the 12th Army freshman to do so...Army heads to Holy Cross Wednesday before hosting Lehigh on Sunday.
BUCKNELL The Bison rebounded from their first Patriot League loss of the season by recording a 65-58 win at Holy Cross on Saturday... Bucknell beat Holy Cross for the fourth time in the last five meetings and has won 29 of its last 33 Patriot League games even with a 65-62 loss at home against Lehigh on Wednesday...Bucknell took the lead for good early in the first half, then used an 9-1 run in the second half to stretch a one-point advantage to nine with 16 minutes to play...Bucknell led by at least four points the rest of the way, and 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, tying for the national lead...The quartet shot 19-of-33 from the field in the win... Johnson tied the school record with his 294th career three-point field goal, just eight away from the all-time Patriot League mark...Both games last week were shown on CBS Sports Network...The Bison stay on the road Wednesday to face American, then return home to play Navy on Saturday.
COLGATE The Raiders have won consecutive Patriot League games for the first time since 2010 after beating Army 93-90 in overtime on Wednesday and topping Navy 70-56 on Saturday...Murphy Burnatowksi was at the center of the action, averaging 32.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in the two games to earn the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award...Burnatowksi scored a career-high 35 points in the win over Army, including the game-winning three-pointer with 12 seconds left in overtime...Colgate had rallied from 14 points down in the second half and six in the final minute to force overtime...The Raiders had an easier time on Saturday, building a 20-4 lead just six and half minutes into the contest and cruising from there... Colgate took a 37-25 lead into the half, and went up by as many as 25 points in the second half after putting together a 20-4 run...Burnatowksi led the way with 29 points while shooting 11-of-17 from the field...He was 61 percent (25-of-41) from the field in the two games last week...Mitch Rolls added nine points and six assists, while Pat Moore had nine 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 shot above 50 percent in each of its games last week...The Raiders head to Lafayette on Wednesday before hosting Holy Cross on Saturday.
HOLY CROSS The Crusaders fell into a tie for fourth place in the Patriot League with a pair of losses last week...The play on the offensive end was the major culprit, as Holy Cross fell 63-53 at Lafayette on Wednesday and 65-58 at home against Bucknell on Saturday...Holy Cross stayed close with Bucknell throughout, but was never able to take the lead after the midway point of the first half...Holy Cross never trailed by more than nine points and got as close as four points twice in the final five minutes, but Bucknell made free throws down the stretch to seal the win... 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...Dudzinski averaged 19.5 points in the two games last week...Holy Cross never led against Lafayette, falling behind 12-2 early and by three at the half before the Leopards pulled away after intermission...The Crusaders lost for the fourth time in five meetings with Bucknell, and fifth in the last six against Lafayette...Holy Cross hosts Army on Wednesday before visiting Colgate on Saturday to wrap up the first half of Patriot League play.
LAFAYETTE The Leopards put together an outstanding week by routing rival Lehigh 78-57 on the road on Sunday after beating Holy Cross 63-53 at home on Wednesday...While Lafayette is last in the Patriot League in scoring defense for the year, the Leopards are now third in League action by allowing just 60.0 points in five contests...The two wins gave the Leopards sole possesion of third place in the Patriot League at 3-2, just one game behind co-leaders Lehigh and Bucknell... The Leopards led nearly from start to finish against Lehigh, using a 13-2 run to take a 24-13 advantage with 6:29 left in the first half...It was a 47-37 lead before the Leopards went on a 20-6 surge that blew the game open and put them up 24 points at 67-43 with 6:41 to go on the way to the 78-57 final..Five players scored in double figures for Lafayette, including Levi Giese (17), Dan Trist (14) and Tony Johnson, Joey Ptasinski and Seth Hinrichs (13)...Hinrichs had his first-career double-double with 11 rebounds, while the Leopards had better than a 4:1 assist/turnover ratio with 25 assists and only six turnovers...Lafayette made 55 percent of its shots from the field with a blistering 21-of-30 effort in the second half...Lafayette snapped a five-game skid agianst its rival, beating Lehigh for the first time since 2010 and winning at Stabler Arena for the first time since 2009...Lafayette also dominated the second half against Holy Cross, turning a three-point halftime lead into a 17-point advantage before taking the 63-53 win...Hinrichs and Bryce Scott each scored 16 points while Tony Johnson had 15 in the game...Lafayette had 16 assists and six turnovers to record 41 assists with just 12 turnovers in the two games last week...The Leopards are home for Colgate on Wednesday before visiting American Saturday.
LEHIGH It was an up-and-down week for the Mountain Hawks, who topped Bucknell 65-62 on the road on Wednesday before getting blitzed in a 78-57 loss at home against rival Lafayette on Sunday...Lehigh improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2006 with the win over the Bison, but could not record its third 5-0 start in League action...Lehigh led by 15 points in the first half at Bucknell, but saw the Bison come back to go up 56-51 in the second half...The Mountain Hawks came back with a 10-2 run to take the lead for good, and held on as Bucknell missed
a shot to tie at the buzzer...B.J. Bailey had 18 points while Mackey McKnight scored 17, with Lehigh shooting 10-of-18 from beyond the arc...The Mountain Hawks could not find the mark on Sunday, shooting 21-of-62 from the field and 8-of-22 from three-point range to finish well below their averages for the year...Lehigh fell behind midway through the first half and saw Lafayette go on a 20-6 run to put the game away in the second half...Bailey, McKnight and Gabe Knutson all scored 12 points to take team honors...Lehigh saw a number of streaks come to an end, as the Mountain Hawks had won won five games in a row overall, five straight against the Leopards, nine straight in Patriot League play and 12 in a row against League opponents including last year's tournament...Lehigh tries to get back on track on the road this week, visiting Navy on Wednesday and Army on Sunday.
NAVY The Mids suffered a pair of double-digit losses last week, falling 72-49 at American on Wednesday and 70-56 at home against Colgate on Saturday...Navy has failed to break 60 points in each of its five Patriot League contests...The Mids fell behind 20-4 six and half minutes into the game against Colgate, and saw the Raiders pull away in the second half with another 20-4 run...Worth Smith led Navy with 13 points, while Brandon Venturini added 11...Navy was in the game for most of the first half at American, but the Eagles closed the period on an 8-2 run for a 33-23 lead at the break...Navy never got back within single digits in the second half as the Eagles pulled away for the win...Kendall Knorr was the only Navy player in double figures with 11 points, while Tilman Dunbar had seven points and eight assists...Navy has a tough week ahead against the Patriot League leaders with Lehigh at home on Wednesday and a trip to Bucknell on Saturday.