American, Boston University Tied for First Place in Patriot League Men's Basketball

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Feb. 8, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - One week ago, American was sitting at 10-0 in Patriot League men's basketball and had opened up a two-game lead for first place over Boston University. That advantage is all gone now, as the Eagles fell 63-60 at home against Colgate for their second straight loss and the Terriers beat Lafayette 88-54 to tie American for first place.

American (14-9, 10-2 PL) made a late push after falling behind by double digits, but Colgate (9-14, 3-9) hung on in the final seconds for its first-ever win at Bender Arena. Boston University (17-8, 10-2) matched the Eagles for first place with the impressive win against Lafayette (6-17, 2-10).

Colgate was not the only upset road winner, as Navy (8-15, 3-9) pulled away early in the second half for a 79-57 thumping of rival Army (12-11, 8-4) in the Star Game at West Point.

Lehigh (13-12, 6-6) moved into fifth place in the Patriot League with a 66-52 win at home against Loyola Maryland (10-13, 5-7).

There is one more game on Sunday as Holy Cross hosts Bucknell at Noon on CBS Sports Network. The Crusaders would tie Army for third place with a win, while the Bison aim to match Lehigh in fifth with a victory.

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

Colgate 63 at American 60
Box Score
*Colgate earned its first-ever win at Bender Arena as it held on for a 63-60 victory over American on Saturday.
*The Raiders beat American for the first time since 2010, snapping an eight-game run in the series for the Eagles.
*American has dropped two straight after opening 10-0 in Patriot League play and winning 11 in a row overall.
*Colgate led for the last 34 minutes of the game, going up 33-26 at halftime and stretching it to 49-34 with 12 minutes to play.
*American answered with the next six points, and later went on a 7-0 run to get within 53-49 with five minutes to play.
*John Schoof hit three free throws to make it 61-60 with three seconds left, but Matt McMullen iced the win at the line for the Raiders with a pair of his own.
*Austin Tillotson led Colgate with 17 points, while Ethan Jacobs added 14.
*The Raiders were 8-of-15 from three-point range while holding American to 6-of-17 from beyond the arc.
*Colgate came in with an 0-14 record at Bender Arena.
*Schoof and Jesse Reed led the Eagles with 15 points apiece, while Darius Gardner scored 13 and Tony Wroblicky had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
*American was over 50% from the field for the fifth time in six games at 22-of-43, but was not as proficient from long range.

 

 

at Boston University 88, Lafayette 54
Box Score
*Boston University never trailed in an 88-54 rout of Lafayette on Saturday.
*The Terriers took command early with a 27-4 run to build a 31-8 lead with less than eight minutes to play in the first half.
*BU held a 42-23 advantage at the half, and led by at least 19 points throughout the second half on its way to the 34-point win.
*Justin Alston led the Terriers with a career-high 17 points, while D.J. Irving (16), Maurice Watson (12) and John Papale (11) also finished in double figures.
*Watson also had eight assists for the second game in a row as BU dished out 21 in the game against only nine turnovers.
*The Terriers shot 37-of-66 (56.1%) from the field in the contest while limiting Lafayette to 18-of-55 (32.7%).
*Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards with 19 points, but also committed seven of the team's 20 turnovers.
*BU swept an opponent in Patriot League play for the second time this week after doing so against Navy on Wednesday.

Navy 79 at Army 57
Box Score
*Navy put up a 22-4 run early in the second half to pull away and go on to a 79-57 rout of Army in the Star Game at West Point on Saturday.
*The Mids won the Star Game for the first time since 2011, and won at Christl Arena for the second year in a row.
*The Mids led 37-35 before going on the surge which put them ahead 59-39 with less than 13 minutes to play.
*Navy later scored 11 straight points to build the lead to 72-46 before cruising to the 22-point win.
*Worth Smith led the Mids with 23 points, while Brandon Venturini (17) and Brandon Venturini (12) also scored in double figures.
*Venturini and Knorr also recorded eight assists apiece as Navy had 23 assists on 30 field goals.
*Navy shot over 50% for the game at 30-of-57 and was lights out from long range with an 11-of-20 clip.
*The Mids also held a 34-26 rebounding advantage, forced 17 turnovers and held Army to under 40% shooting from the field.
*Navy snapped a six-game losing skid and won on the road for the first time in Patriot League play and second this season.
*Tanner Plomb led Army with 17 points, while Dylan Cox added 10.
*The Black Knights were trying to win three consecutive Star Games for the first time since 1976-78, but instead fell to just 3-3 at Christl Arena in Patriot League action.

at Lehigh 66, Loyola Maryland 52
Box Score
*Lehigh led from start to finish in a 66-52 win at home against Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
*The game was close into the second half when Lehigh scored seven straight points for a 36-27 edge with less than 15 minutes to play.
*Loyola got back to within six, but Lehigh answered with a 9-2 run to push the lead to 13 and led by at least nine points for the last nine minutes.
*Jesse Chuku led Lehigh with 15 points, while Tim Kempton added 14.
*Mackey McKnight filled the stat sheet with seven points, 10 rebounds and six assists, where he moved into third place in Patriot League history with 536 for his career.
*Lehigh shot just 17-of-51 from the field, but made up for it with a 26-of-30 performance at the foul line.
*The Mountain Hawks also had a commanding 45-30 advantage on the boards and limited Loyola to 19-of-57 from the field and 3-of-15 from three-point range.
*Lehigh won a Patriot League game by more than seven points for the first time this season.
*Eric Laster led Loyola with 17 points, while Jordan Latham scored 13 off the bench.
*The Greyhounds fell to 0-6 on the road in Patriot League play despite holding a 5-1 mark in League home games.