Loyola Ends American's Unbeaten Run as Patriot League Men's Basketball Standings Tighten



Feb. 5, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After learning the top scorer in the Patriot League would be out for an extended period of time, Loyola University Maryland went out and dealt American its first League loss with a 62-58 triumph at home on Wednesday night.

The Greyhounds (10-12, 5-6), who will be without leading scorer Dylon Cormier for the immediate future, took the lead in the second half and held on for a 62-58 win over American (14-8, 10-1), which saw an 11-game winning streak come to an end.

Boston University (16-8, 9-2) got within one game of first place with a 61-48 win at Navy (7-15, 2-9), while Army (12-10, 8-3) is alone in third place after blasting Lehigh (12-12, 5-6) 70-51 at West Point.

Bucknell had a chance to grab sole possession of fifth place, but the Bison (10-12, 5-6) dropped into a tie with Lehigh and Loyola by falling 66-58 at home against Lafayette (6-16, 2-9), which beat the Bison at Sojka Pavilion for the first time.

Patriot League play picks back up over the weekend, and features two games on CBS Sports Network as Navy visits Army at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Bucknell heads to Holy Cross at Noon on Sunday. The rest of Saturday's slate has Lafayette at Boston University at 1 p.m. and Colgate at American and Loyola at Lehigh at 2 p.m., with each game on Patriot League Network.

at Loyola Maryland 62, American 58
Box Score
*With leading scorer Dylon Cormier sidelined, three players stepped up to finish in double figures as Loyola Maryland handed American its first League loss with a 62-58 final on Wednesday.
*The Eagles saw their win streak end at 11 and their Patriot League unbeaten run end at 10-0.
*American scored the first 10 points of the second half for a 35-27 lead, but the Greyhounds surged back with a 15-4 run for a 42-39 edge midway through the period.
*The game went back and forth from there until Loyola went ahead for good on a layup by Franz Rassman with 3:49 left and R.J. Williams added three more points for a 54-49 lead with just over a minute to play.
*Loyola made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win, including a pair by Denzel Brito with five seconds left to provide the final margin.
*Tyler Hubbard led the Greyhounds with 20 points, while Rassman scored 11 and Jordan Latham had 10 off the bench.
*Loyola made just under 50% from the field at 19-of-39 and hit 7-of-10 three-pointers and 17-of-22 free throws.
*Loyola was outrebounded 25-17, but gained possessions by forcing 19 turnovers by the Eagles.
*Darius Gardner led American with 19 points, while Jesse Reed scored 16 and Tony Wroblicky finished with 11.
*American had another solid shooting night at 21-of-41 overall and 11-of-19 from three-point range, but was just 5-of-7 at the foul line.
*American was trying to become the third Patriot League team to open with 11 wins or more in League play.

at Army 70, Lehigh 51
Box Score
*Army jumped out to a big early lead and never looked back in a 70-51 win over Lehigh at Christl Arena.
*The Black Knights swept the season series with the Mountain Hawks for the first time since 2002.
*Army used a 22-4 run to build a 25-8 lead midway through the first half, and carried a 36-19 lead into the half.
*Lehigh got within eight points twice in the second half, but Army scored the last 10 points to pull away for the 19-point win.
*Tanner Plomb led the Black Knights with 27 points while making 9-of-11 shots and 5-of-6 from three-point range.
*Kevin Ferguson and Kyle Wilson each scored nine, with Ferguson filling the stat sheet with nine rebounds, six blocks and four assists.
*Army held Lehigh to 19-of-53 field-goal shooting and 3-of-11 from three-point range, and the Black Knights also held a 42-32 edge on the boards.
*Army won for the second game in a row to reach five games over .500 in League play, matching its highest mark ever set earlier this year.
*Mackey McKnight led Lehigh with 16 points, while Tim Kempton scored 12.
*Lehigh saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.

Boston University 61 at Navy 48
Box Score
*Boston University held Navy under 50 points for the second time this year in a 61-48 win in Annapolis on Wednesday.
*The Terriers swept the season series after beating the Mids 55-32 at home on Jan. 7.
*After Navy scored the opening bucket, BU rolled off 10 straight points and led the rest of the way.
*The Terriers built their lead as high as 14 points in the first half, but Navy got it back within 26-20 at the break.
*BU again pushed the lead to 14 in the second half, but again Navy came back as the Mids used a 14-5 run to close to within 47-42 with under six minutes to play.
*Navy stayed close until the final minutes when BU finished with an 11-3 run for the 13-point win.
*D.J. Irving led the Terriers with 12 points, while John Papale added 10 and three others scored nine.
*Maurice Watson had eight assists to go with his nine points.
*The Terriers held Navy to under 50% shooting overall (17-of-58) and from three-point range (7-of-27).
*BU also held a commanding 50-33 rebounding advantage and pulled down 18 offensive rebounds to add extra possessions on a night where it was under 40% from the field.
*Zach Fong scored 15 points and Tim Abruzzo added 12 as the freshmen paced a bench which scored 34 points.
*Navy dropped its sixth consecutive game.

Lafayette 66 at Bucknell 58
Box Score
*Lafayette earned its first win in 16 games at Sojka Pavilion with a 66-58 victory at Bucknell on Wednesday.
*The Leopards have won two straight after an 11-game losing streak and 0-9 start in the Patriot League.
*Lafayette trailed 24-17 late in the first half before using a 17-4 run spanning the periods to take the lead for good.
*The Leopards closed to within 26-24 at the half, and built a 34-28 lead early in the second half with the 17-4 stretch.
*Lafayette scored six straight points for a 47-37 lead with 6:24 left, and held at least a six-point lead the rest of the way.
*Seth Hinrichs had a double-double for the Leopards with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Dan Trist (14) and Monty Boykins (13) added scoring punch off the bench.
*After Bucknell set a Patriot single-game record by shooting 80% (12-of-15) from three-point range in a 96-86 win over Lafayette on Jan. 8, the Leopards held the Bison to just 2-of-16 from three-point range on Wednesday.
*Cameron Ayers led the Bison with 22 points, his fourth-straight game with 20 or more.
*Brian Fitzpatrick added 12 points for Bucknell, which lost for the fifth time in seven games and second straight at home.