American Stays Unbeaten, Builds Two-Game Lead in Patriot League Men's Basketball



Feb. 1, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American became the fifth team in the 24-year history of Patriot League men's basketball to get off to a 10-0 start in League action by beating Holy Cross on Saturday, and more importantly now holds a two-game lead in the standings after Boston University fell in overtime against Lehigh.

The Eagles (14-7) won their 11th game in a row overall as they held off Holy Cross (12-10, 6-4) for a 63-57 victory at Bender Arena. The lead became two games because Lehigh (12-11, 5-5) rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit and won 82-80 over Boston University (15-8, 8-2) on a layup by Mackey McKnight with 0.5 seconds left in overtime.

Army (11-10, 7-3) grabbed sole possession of second place with a 77-71 win at Loyola Maryland (9-12, 4-6). Lehigh is tied for fifth with Bucknell (10-11, 5-5) after the Bison kept pace with a 79-68 win at Colgate (8-13, 2-8). Lafayette (5-16, 1-9) earned its first League win and broke an 11-game losing streak overall by using a big second half for a 72-54 win over Navy (7-14, 2-8).

Patriot League action returns to CBS Sports Network on Tuesday when Holy Cross visits Colgate. Wednesday's games include American at Loyola Maryland, Lehigh at Army, Boston University at Navy and Lafayette at Bucknell.

Recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below.

at American 63, Holy Cross 57
Box Score
*American became the fifth Patriot League team to open 10-0 by holding off Holy Cross for a 63-57 win at home on Saturday.
*The Eagles used a 10-3 run to go ahead for good early in the second half, but never gained much separation from the Crusaders.
*Holy Cross got within two points on three occasions in the last 10 minutes, with the final time coming when it cut the gap to 55-53 with 1:18 left.
*Jesse Reed and Darius Gardner followed with back-to-back layups to seal the six-point win.
*The Eagles had another solid shooting night at 24-of-50, and went 13-of-16 from the free-throw line.
*American allowed Holy Cross to shoot 60% from the field, but had 10 more shot attempts by forcing 13 turnovers for the Crusaders and pulling down nine offensive rebounds.
*All five American starters were in double figures, and accounted for all of the team's scoring.
*Tony Wroblicky led the way with 18 points, followed by Reed (13), Gardner (12) and Kyle Kager and John Schoof with 10 apiece.
*Only six players saw action for American, as Wroblicky, Gardner and Schoof played the whole game and Reed played all but one minute.
*American won its 11th straight game overall, and swept the Crusaders for the first time since 2011.
*Malcolm Miller led Holy Cross with 14 points, while Justin Burrell scored 13 and Anthony Thompson finished with 12.
*Holy Cross shot 24-of-40 for the game, but only attempted nine free throws and was hurt by its turnovers.
*The Crusaders saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.



Lehigh 82 at Boston University 80 (OT)
Box Score
*Lehigh rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to win on a Mackey McKnight layup with 0.5 seconds left in overtime for an 82-80 victory at Boston University.
*The Mountain Hawks won their fourth straight game, with each win by three points or less.
*Lehigh also improved to 3-0 in overtime, with each contest coming on the road in Patriot League play.
*The Mountain Hawks were still down 11 with 11:22 left before going on a 16-2 surge to take a 66-63 lead on a three-pointer by Stefan Cvrklaj with 5:12 to go.
*BU bounced back and took a 72-69 lead on a three-pointer by John Papale with 1:22 to play, but Lehigh sent the game to overtime on a pair of free throws by Jesse Chuku to tie it at 73-73 with 15 seconds left.
*The Mountain Hawks scored the first five points of overtime, but BU answered with six straight to take a 79-78 lead.
*Lehigh went up 80-79 on a layup by McKnight with 20 seconds left, with BU evening the score at 80-80 on a free throw by Dom Morris with 10 seconds left before McKnight's game-winner.
*Tim Kempton led Lehigh with 18 points, while McKnight added 16 and Chuku and Justin Goldsborough each scored 11.
*Lehigh shot over 50% for the game at 32-of-61, and made 21-of-35 shots after the first half.
*The Mountain Hawks have rallied from a halftime deficit in each of their four consecutive wins.
*D.J. Irving led BU with 25 points, his second straight game with more than 20.
*Morris added 17 points and went over 1,000 for his career in the game.
*The Terriers made 10-of-22 three-pointers in the game, but hit just 29-of-66 field goals and 12-of-22 free throws.
*BU saw Lehigh come back after blowing a 22-point lead in regulation against Army on Wednesday, though the Terriers won that game in overtime.
*Boston University lost at home in Patriot League play for the first time, and fell to 1-3 in overtime with each contest played at home.

Army 77 at Loyola Maryland 71
Box Score
*Army snapped a two-game losing skid and took sole possession of third place in the Patriot League with a 77-71 win at Loyola Maryland.
*The Black Knights trailed by seven early in the second half, but took the game over late with a 12-0 run for a 65-57 lead with four minutes to play.
*Army pushed its edge to 12 with under two minutes to go, but Loyola rallied and went on an 11-1 run to get within two on a three-pointer by R.J. Williams with 20 seconds left.
*Kyle Wilson hit four straight free throws around a missed layup by Williams to seal the win for the Black Knights.
*Wilson led Army with 25 points, while Kevin Ferguson added 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
*Army had a 27-of-33 clip at the foul line to win a game where it shot 22-of-59 from the field and 6-of-20 from three-point range.
*The Black Knights pulled off the season sweep of the Greyhounds. *Jarred Jones led Loyola with 17 points, while Dylon Cormier added 14 and Williams had 10 with nine assists.
*Loyola shot 28-of-70 overall and made only 4-of-14 three-pointers and 11-of-23 at the foul line.
*The Greyhounds lost at home for the first time in Patriot League play, and have dropped four of the last five overall.

Bucknell 79 at Colgate 68
Box Score
*After trailing early, Bucknell took over in the first half and cruised after intermission to a 79-68 win over Colgate in Hamilton.
*The Raiders grabbed an 8-2 lead, but Bucknell took control with a 26-7 stretch to build a 28-15 lead with 7:47 left in the period. *The Bison took a 15-point lead at halftime, and never let Colgate get closer than seven in the second half to go on to the 11-point win.
*Cameron Ayers led Bucknell with 21 points, his third straight game with 20 or more.
*Ben Brackney added 11 points, while Chris Hass and Steven Kaspar each scored 10.
*The Bison were over 50% from the field at 27-of-53 and made 8-of-17 three-pointers while turning the ball over only four times.
*Bucknell beat Colgate for the 10th straight time, sweeping the season series from the Raiders for the fifth year in a row.
*The Bison snapped a two-game losing skid.
*Murphy Burnatowski led Colgate with 20 points, while Damon Sherman-Newsome added 12 and Austin Tillotson scored 11.

at Lafayette 72, Navy 54
Box Score
*Lafayette went on a 25-2 second-half run to roll to a 72-54 win over Navy and record its first Patriot League victory.
*The game was tight for the first 25 minutes, but Lafayette's surge broke it open for a 70-46 lead with less than three minutes to go.
*Joey Ptasinski led the Leopards with 22 points while going 6-of-6 from three-point range.
*Dan Trist added 17 points for the Leopards while Nick Lindner scored 13.
*Lafayette shot well in all areas at 23-of-40 from the floor, 8-of-15 from three-point range and a perfect 18-of-18 at the foul line.
*The Leopards also had a 32-23 edge on the boards.
*Lafayette put an end to an 11-game losing streak, and beat Navy at home for the sixth year in a row to split the season series.
*Worth Smith led the Mids with 15 points, while Brandon Venturini scored 13 and Zach Fong finished with 12.
*Navy had a tough shooting night at 18-of-53 overall and 9-of-34 from three-point range.
*The Mids lost their fifth straight game and fell to 0-5 on the road in League action.