Jan. 29, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American won easily over Navy to move to 9-0 in the Patriot League while three other home teams survived for victories in Wednesday's men's basketball action.
The Eagles (13-7) became the sixth team to ever start 9-0 in League action by riding a career-high 28 points from Jesse Reed and going up by 20 at halftime in a 74-52 win over Navy (7-13, 2-7). American won its 10th game in a row overall.
Boston University (15-7, 8-1) remained one game behind American in the standings, but it did not come easy as the Terriers gave up a 22-point second-half lead before getting past Army (10-10, 6-3) 86-81 in overtime. BU scored its final 11 points at the foul line to pull out the win.
Holy Cross (12-9, 6-3) ties Army for third place in the standings after closing with a 9-2 run to hold off Loyola Maryland (9-11, 4-5) 60-51 in Worcester. The Crusaders won their fifth game in a row behind 24 points and 12 rebounds from Dave Dudzinski.
There is a three-way tie for fifth, as Lehigh (11-11, 4-5) and Bucknell (9-11, 4-5) each join Loyola after the Mountain Hawks came back in the second half for a 66-63 win over the Bison.
All teams are next in action on Saturday afternoon. American hosts Holy Cross in a matchup of the hottest Patriot League teams at 1 p.m., the same tip time as Lehigh at Boston University and Army at Loyola Maryland. Bucknell goes to Colgate and Navy is at Lafayette at 2 p.m. All five games will be available on Patriot League Network, with Campus Insiders producing an exclusive broadcast of Holy Cross/American.
Recaps and box scores from Wednesday's games are included below.
at Boston University 86, Army 81 (OT)
*After giving up a 22-point lead, Boston University made 11-of-12 free throws down the stretch in overtime to hold off Army 86-81 on Wednesday.
*Army took its first lead of the game at 76-75, but D.J. Irving sank six straight foul shots to put BU up 81-76 with 37 seconds left.
*Army twice got within two points, and Kyle Wilson missed a pair of three-point attempts to tie in the final seconds before Malik Thomas added two clinching free throws with under a second to play.
*BU stormed out to a 23-6 lead, was up 37-18 at halftime and peaked with a 47-25 edge with 16:48 left.
*Army chipped away at the lead, eventually using eight straight points to tie the game at 70-70 on a three-pointer by Dylan Cox with 1:29 left.
*Irving put BU back in front before Wilson sent it to overtime on a bucket with 11 seconds to go.
*Irving led the Terriers with 22 points while making 14-of-14 free throws.
*Cedric Hankerson had 19 points while making 5-of-6 three-pointers and Thomas scored 18 as both players led a BU bench that contributed 42 points.
*Wilson led the Black Knights with 23 points, while Cox scored 19 and Josh Herbeck had 15.
*The game was statistically even except for BU hitting 24-of-29 foul shots to 11-of-15 for Army.
*BU won its second straight game while Army dropped its second in a row and first on the road in Patriot League action.
at American 74
, Navy 52
*American closed the first half on a 16-1 run and rolled from there to a 74-52 win over Navy at Bender Arena.
*The Eagles won their 10th straight and became the sixth team to reach 9-0 in the Patriot League.
*American led throughout, using the 16-1 stretch in the final six minutes of the first half to take a 37-17 lead at the break.
*The lead never dipped below 14 in the second half as American cruised to the win.
*Jesse Reed had a career-high 28 points for American while making 8-of-10 shots and 6-of-8 from long range.
*The reigning Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week has scored 20 points or more in three straight games.
*Darius Gardner and Kyle Kager each added 11 points, while Tony Wroblicky had eight points and 16 rebounds.
*American shot over 50% again at 21-of-39 for the game.
*Zach Fong led Navy with 11 points off the bench as the Mids dropped their fourth in a row.
*American beat Navy at home for the seventh straight time.
at Holy Cross 60, Loyola Maryland 51
*After seeing a 14-point lead cut to two, Holy Cross closed on a 9-2 run to earn a 60-51 win over Loyola on Wednesday.
*The Crusaders have won five straight games and go three games over .500 in League play for the first time since claiming six straight to finish 9-5 in the Patriot League in 2012.
*Holy Cross only trailed once early, and built a 22-9 lead on its way to a 28-19 advantage at the break.
*The Crusaders pushed the lead as high as 38-24, but Loyola would use a 16-6 stretch to get within 49-47 with four minutes left.
*Dylon Cormier missed a pair of free throws with a chance to tie, and Anthony Thompson started the game-closing run with a three-point play to put Holy Cross ahead 54-49 with 2:21 left.
*Loyola had a nearly three-minute drought until scoring its final bucket with 31 seconds left.
*Dave Dudzinski made 8-of-11 shots and finished with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds.
*Holy Cross held a 38-30 edge on the boards and limited Loyola to 17-of-50 shooting from the field.
*Cormier led the Greyhounds with 15 points, while Tyler Hubbard added 13.
*Loyola made 7-of-12 three-pointers, but was hurt by the overall shooting and a 10-of-19 mark at the foul line.
*The Greyhounds fall to 0-5 on the road in the Patriot League while posting a 4-0 home mark.
at Lehigh 66, Bucknell 63
*Lehigh used a late 9-0 run to go in front and held off Bucknell for a 66-63 victory on Wednesday at Stabler Arena.
*The Mountain Hawks were down 55-54 before getting two three-pointers by Stefan Cvrklaj and one by Jesse Chuku in the 9-0 stretch for a 63-55 edge with three minutes to play.
*Bucknell got within 63-60 and missed two shots with a chance to cut it to one before Cvrklaj hit a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left.
*Cameron Ayers cut Lehigh's lead to 65-63 on a three-pointer with seven seconds to play, and Mackey McKnight rebounded his own missed free throw with four seconds left before making 1-of-2 with a second to play to seal the win.
*Bucknell had closed the first half on a 14-4 run for a 35-28 lead at the break, but Lehigh opened the second half on a 16-3 stretch and the teams went back and forth from there.
*Corey Schaefer led Lehigh with 15 points, while Cvrklaj had 14, all in the second half, and Tim Kempton scored 12.
*Chuku just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while McKnight had nine points, seven assists and six boards.
*Lehigh made 14-of-24 shots and 7-of-8 three-pointers in the second half, and overcame a 3-of-12 mark from the foul line in the period and 9-of-22 for the game.
*The Mountain Hawks finished with 20 assists and just seven turnovers in the game.
*Ayers led Bucknell with 23 points, while Brian Fitzpatrick and Chris Hass each added 13.
*Bucknell had 18 assists and only eight turnovers, but was under 40% from the field at 24-of-62.
*Lehigh beat Bucknell at home for the first time since 2010, and ended a streak where the road team had won all five matchups in the last two years.