Feb. 5, 2014
Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 2.5.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- American can become just the third team in Patriot League history to open 11-0 when it plays at Loyola Maryland on Wednesday. The only previous squads to reach the mark were Bucknell, which went undefeated at 14-0 in 2005-06, and Fordham, which won its first 11 games before losing the finale in the League's inaugural season in 1990-91. Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Jan. 27-Feb. 2)
Anaconda Player of the Week
KYLE WILSON, ARMY So., F, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson led Army to a 1-1 week by averaging 24.0 points in the two contests. He opened with 23 points to go along with four steals, two assists and two rebounds in an 86-81 overtime loss to Boston University on Wednesday. Wilson followed it up with 25 points while making 7-of-13 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws in a 77-71 win at Loyola Maryland on Saturday. Wilson scored 14 of his points in the final 5:15 as Army pulled out the win. He pulled down four rebounds and had two steals in the game to average three in each category for the week. Wilson is up to second in the Patriot League and 34th in the nation with 19.7 points per game for the season, and leads all players with a 21.2 average in League games. Wilson is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
TIM KEMPTON, LEHIGH Fr., F/C, 6-10, 225; Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy College Prep
Kempton posted two more strong games as Lehigh ran its winning streak to four with wins over Bucknell and Boston University during the week. He tallied 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting and pulled down six rebounds in a 66-63 home win over the Bison on Wednesday, then put up a team-high 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in an 82-80 win in overtime against the Terriers on Saturday where Lehigh came back from a 15-point deficit. Kempton averaged 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while making 58.3% of his shots for the week. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season, tying Holy Cross' Malachi Alexander for the most in the League.
DJ IRVING, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., G, 6-0, 165; Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Irving averaged 23.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in two games for the Terriers.
JOEY PTASINSKI, LAFAYETTE Jr., G, 6-2, 174; Highlands Ranch, Colo./Regis Jesuit/New Hampton
Ptasinski made 11-of-12 three-pointers while topping 20 points in both games for the Leopards last week.
MACKEY McKNIGHT, LEHIGH Sr., G, 6-0, 170; New Orleans, La./Langham Creek
McKnight averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 assists in two games, and hit the game-winning layup with 0.5 seconds left in overtime for an 82-80 win at Boston University on Saturday.
TONY WROBLICKY, AMERICAN Sr., C, 6-10, 230; Harbor City, Calif./Loyola High School
Wroblicky averaged 13.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in two wins for the Eagles.
CAMERON AYERS, BUCKNELL Sr., G, 6-5, 203; Blue Bell, Pa./Germantown Academy
Ayers averaged 22.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Bison.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*American can become the third Patriot League team to start 11-0 in League play when it visits Loyola on Wednesday.
*The Eagles are trying to join Bucknell (2005-06) and Fordham (1990-91) in the exclusive group.
*American is one of only five teams to start 10-0 after beating Holy Cross 63-57 on Saturday.
*The Eagles are one of 11 teams in Division I with an undefeated conference record.
*Their 11-game winning streak is the ninth-longest in the nation entering the week.
*American has a two-game lead in the standings after Boston University fell 82-80 in overtime against Lehigh on Saturday.
*Mackey McKnight hit the game-winner with 0.5 seconds left for Lehigh's fourth win in a row.
*Army has sole possession of third place after a 77-71 win at Loyola.
*Wednesday's slate also features Lehigh at Army, Boston University at Navy and Lafayette at Bucknell.
*All four of Wednesday's games will be available for free on Patriot League Network.
*The weekday schedule started on Tuesday with Holy Cross winning 69-68 at Colgate.
Patriot League Notebook
American Goes for Third 11-0 Start in League History at Loyola on Wednesday
American can become just the third team in Patriot League history to open 11-0 when it plays at Loyola Maryland on Wednesday. The only previous squads to reach the mark were Bucknell, which went undefeated at 14-0 in 2005-06, and Fordham, which won its first 11 games before losing the finale in the League's inaugural season in 1990-91. A win would also tie American's Mike Brennan with Fordham's Nick Macarchuk as the only coaches to win their first 11 League contests, and match American's 11-0 start under Gary Williams in the East Coast Conference in 1980-81 for the best in school history.
Three More Games on Wednesday
The rest of Wednesday's games are at 7 p.m. as Lehigh goes to Army, Boston University visits Navy and Lafayette heads to Bucknell. All three games, along with the American/Loyola contest at 7:30, will be shown on Patriot League Network. The weekday schedule tipped off on Tuesday night with Holy Cross winning 69-68 at Colgate.
American Stays Unbeaten, Builds Two-Game Lead in Standings
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 now holds a two-game lead in the standings after Boston University fell in overtime against Lehigh. The Eagles won their 11th game in a row overall as they held off Holy Cross or a 63-57 victory at Bender Arena. The lead became two games because Lehigh rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit and won 82-80 over Boston University on a layup by Mackey McKnight with 0.5 seconds left in overtime. Army grabbed sole possession of third place with a 77-71 win at Loyola Maryland. Lehigh is tied for fifth with Bucknell after the Bison kept pace with a 79-68 win at Colgate while Lafayette earned its first League win by using a big second half for a 72-54 win over Navy.
American On a Short List of Division I Conference Unbeatens
American is one of 11 Division I teams with an undefeated mark in conference play entering the week, and one of only three that has opened 10-0 The Eagles join Cincinnati (American Athletic Conference) and Wichita State (Missouri Valley) as the only squads at 10-0 in conference action. American also boasts one of the top 10 winning streaks in the country at 11 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. The Eagles saw a streak of three straight games over 50% from the field barely come to an end on Saturday with a 24-of-50 showing against Holy Cross, and are shooting 53.6% from the field in League action. American also leads in field goal percentage defense at 39.9%. The Eagles lead the Patriot League in field goal percentage (50.7%) and field goal percentage defense (40.9%) for the season in all games.
Three more Patriot League games were close on Saturday, led by Lehigh's 82-80 overtime win against Boston University. On Tuesday, Holy Cross nipped Colgate 69-68 on CBS Sports Network. Of the 51 League games played to date, 31 have been decided by single digits and 18 have finished with margins of five points or less. Lehigh has been the team most involved in the tight contests, as nine of the Mountain Hawks' 10 Patriot League games have been decided by four points or less or in overtime. After winning in overtime at Colgate to open League play, Lehigh lost four straight games by four points or less. Since a 19-point loss at Holy Cross on Jan. 18, the Mountain Hawks have won four in a row with each coming by three points or less.
Winning on the Road
Successful teams need to win games on the road, and the Patriot League season is proving that point so far. While home teams have a 28-23 edge for the season, the six squads that are .500 or better in League action have put together a solid 22-10 mark in League road games. American (5-0) remains perfect while Army (4-1) and Boston University (3-1) each have just one road blemish. Colgate is the only other team with a road win as the bottom four teams in the standings are a combined 1-18 on the road in Patriot League play.
Four Patriot Leaguers put up 20 points or more in both of their games last week. Boston University's D.J. Irving had 22 in an overtime win against Army and 25 in an OT loss to Lehigh, Army's Kyle Wilson put up 23 against the Terriers and 25 on Saturday at Loyola Maryland, Bucknell's Cameron Ayers had 23 versus Lehigh and 21 against Colgate while Lafayette's Joey Ptasinski had 21 against Colgate and 22 versus Navy while shooting a combined 11-of-12 from three-point range in the two games. Ayers has actually hit 20 or more in three straight games, and American's Jesse Reed had a similar streak snapped on Saturday after scoring a career-high 28 points in Wednesday's win over Navy.
15 Patriot League Contests to Be Shown On CBS Sports Network....
A 15-game schedule for Patriot League men's basketball on CBSSN featured seven games in January and an additional five to close the regular season in February-March, with three of those coming this week. 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, which included the Bucknell/Lehigh and Holy Cross/Amerian games last week. The final Campus Insiders produced broadcast features Boston University at Army on Feb. 26.
Patriot League Games
Boston University Terriers (15-8, 8-2) at Navy Midshipmen (7-14, 2-8)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Boston University comes off a tough loss to Lehigh on Saturday and pays a visit to Navy on Wednesday.
*The Terriers beat the Mids 55-32 at home on Jan. 7 in the first meeting between the schools since 1988.
*Boston University leads the all-time series 3-0, with the other win coming in 1959.
*BU is 3-1 on the road in League action, while Navy is 2-3 at home in the League and 6-3 at Alumni Hall this season.
*Navy comes in on a five-game losing skid.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (12-11, 5-5) at Army Black Knights (11-10, 7-3)
Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Lehigh puts its four-game winning streak on the line when it visits Army on Wednesday evening.
*The Black Knights beat Lehigh 79-76 on the road on Jan. 8 and are trying to sweep the series for the first time since 2002.
*Lehigh had won the previous five and eight of nine contests before last month's Army win.
*Army is trying to go five games over .500 in League play for the second time in its history after holding a 6-1 mark this year.
*Lehigh goes for a five-game winning streak to get back over .500 in League play after a five-game losing streak.
*Ten of Lehigh's last 11 games have been decided by five points or less or in overtime.
Lafayette Leopards (5-16, 1-9) at Bucknell Bison (10-11, 5-5)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Bucknell tries to remain perfect against Lafayette at Sojka Pavilion when it hosts the Leopards on Wednesday.
*The Bison improved to 15-0 against the Leopards at Sojka with a 64-56 win in last year's League title game.
*Bucknell has won six home games against Lafayette in the last three seasons.
*The Bison have won 10 of 11 overall against the Leopards after a 96-86 win at Lafayette on Jan. 8.
*Bucknell shot a Patriot League record 80% (12-of-15) from three-point range in the game.
*The Bison are trying to sweep Lafayette for the third time in four seasons, and first since 2012.
*Lafayette has an 86-69 lead in the all-time series, though Bucknell is ahead 39-14 as Patriot League members.
American Eagles (14-7, 10-0) at Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (9-12, 4-6)
Reitz Arena; Baltimore, Md. - Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*American aims to become the third Patriot League team to open 11-0 when it visits Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
*The only others were an undefeated Bucknell (2005-06, 14-0) and Fordham (1990-91, 11-0) in the first League season.
*The Eagles posted a 65-51 win at home against Loyola on Jan. 8.
*Loyola led 26-22 at halftime before American took over by shooting 17-of-21 in the second half.
*American has a 43-38 lead in the all-time series with Loyola.
*The Eagles also go for a 12-game win streak, nearing their 13-game run while winning the 2009 Patriot League title.
AMERICANAmerican 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, but Jesse Reed and Darius Gardner had back-to-back layups to seal the six-point win in the final minute..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...Tony Wroblicky led the way with 18 points, followed by Reed (13), Gardner (12) and Kyle Kager and John Schoof with 10 apiece as the five starters accounted for all of the team's scoring...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...The Eagles try to become the third team to start 11-0 in the Patriot League when they visit Loyola on Wednesday
ARMYArmy 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 with 20 seconds left...Kyle Wilson hit four straight free throws around a missed layup by Loyola 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...They try to do the same on Wednesday at home against Lehigh.
BOSTON UNIVERSITYThe Terriers gave up a big lead for the third game in a row, and this time it ended up costing them as Lehigh pulled out an 82-80 overtime win at BU on Saturday...BU led by 15 points at halftime and was still up 11 with 11:20 left before Lehigh went on a 16-2 run to take a 66-63 lead with just over five minutes 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 to tie it at 73-73 with 15 seconds left...Lehigh scored the first five points of overtime, but BU came back with six straight for a 79-78 lead...Dom Morris tied the score at 80-80 on a free throw with 10 seconds left, but Lehigh's Mackey McKnight won it on the other end with 0.5 seconds to go... 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 had seen a 20-point lead with eight minutes left at Bucknell shrink to three last Saturday, and a 22-point second-half lead over Army on Wednesday end up in an overtime win... Boston University lost at home in Patriot League play for the first time, and now heads on the road to play Navy on Wednesday.
BUCKNELLAfter trailing early, Bucknell took over in the first half and cruised after intermission to a 79-68 win over Colgate in Hamilton on Saturday...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...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 return home on Wednesday to face Lafayette.
COLGATE The Raiders led most of the way against Holy Cross, but faltered in the final minute and fell to the Crusaders 69-68 at home on Tuesday on CBS Sports Network... Colgate scored the first seven points and led by as many as 12 in the first half before settling on a 36-31 lead at the break...Colgate briefly pushed its lead to 50-40 in the second half, but Holy Cross answered with a 12-3 run and the game was tight the rest of the way....The Raiders scored four straight points for a 63-60 lead, but Holy Cross tied the score at 63-63 and 65-65...Colgate had possession in the final minute, but threw away the inbounds pass to lead to a go-ahead layup for the Crusaders...Ethan Jacobs missed a three-pointer for the lead, and Holy Cross hit two free throws with nine seconds left to seal the win... Colgate fell despite shooting 58.3% (28-of-48) for the game and 9-of-17 from three-point range...Murphy Burnatowski led the Raiders with 16 points, while Jacobs and Chad Johnson each scored 10...The Raiders now face a tough weekend trip as they visit first-place American.
HOLY CROSSHoly Cross trailed for nearly the entire game before using a late 9-2 run to pull out a 69-68 win at Colgate on Tuesday...The Crusaders won their sixth game in the last seven, and also beat Colgate for the sixth time in seven meetings...Holy Cross swept the season series from the Raiders for the second time in three years...Colgate was up 10 in the second half before Holy Cross used a 12-3 run to tighten the game..Justin Burrell tied the score at 63-63 on a three-pointer, and Malcolm Miller evened it at 65-65 on a bucket with 1:16 left for the Crusaders...Burrell stole an inbounds pass and fed Eric Green for a dunk to put Holy Cross ahead for good at 67-65 with 25 seconds left...Colgate missed a three-pointer for the lead, and Miller hit two free throws to ice the win with nine seconds left before Colgate hit a three at the buzzer for the final margin...Miller led Holy Cross with 17 points, while Dave Dudzinski (14), Burrell (11) and Green (11) also scored in double figures...Holy Cross shot 52.8% (28-of-53) for the game and pulled down 11 offensive rebounds while holding a 25-21 edge on the boards...The Crusaders have another CBS Sports Network appearance on Sunday when they host Bucknell at Noon.
LAFAYETTEThe Leopards went on a 25-2 second-half run to roll to a 72-54 win over Navy and record their 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..He made 11-of-12 three-pointers in two games last week and topped 20 points in each contest...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...The Leopards go for their first-ever win at Sojka Pavilion when they visit Bucknell on Wednesday night.
LEHIGHLehigh 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 on Saturday...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 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 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...They try to make it a five-game winning streak and get over .500 in the Patriot League when they visit Army on Wednesday.
LOYOLA MARYLANDLoyola lost for the fourth time in the last five games as Army went on a late run for a 77-71 win on Saturday...The Greyhounds were up by four before the Black Knights used a 12-0 stretch to grab 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...That was as close as the Greyhounds would get as Army hit free throws to seal the win...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 will try to avoid another when they host first-place American on Wednesday night.
NAVY Navy saw Lafayette put up a 25-2 second-half run and pull away for a 72-54 victory on Saturday...The Mids were within one point when the surge started, which put Lafayette ahead by 24 with less than three minutes to play... 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....Navy returns home on Wednesday to take on Boston University.