Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 2.8.16

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Loyola's Andre Walker
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Loyola's Andre Walker
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Feb. 8, 2016

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two teams among the five tied in the loss column for second place in the Patriot League will take the court in action on Monday night.

Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*The Patriot League schedule features two games on Monday as Lehigh visits Lafayette and Colgate goes to Army.
*The Lehigh/Lafayette game was postponed by Winter Storm Jonas on Jan. 23, and completes the original first-half slate.
*Colgate looks to sweep Army for the first time since 2009 when they meet at 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
*Bucknell has opened up a three-game lead in the Patriot League after winning 77-52 at Holy Cross on Saturday.
*The Bison are one of only three teams in the nation with a three-game lead in a conference race.
*Four teams are tied at 7-5 and in second place, including both Colgate and Navy after the Raiders won 58-55 at the Mids.
*Loyola and Boston University are also part of that group after both winning overtime road games on Saturday.
*Andre Walker made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Greyhounds past Army 100-99.
*Boston University rallied late in regulation and went on to an 89-82 overtime victory at Lafayette.
*Lehigh snapped American’s five-game win streak with a 72-49 victory at home against the Eagles.
*Wednesday’s Patriot League slate has Lehigh at Bucknell, Navy at Loyola, American at Boston U and Lafayette at Holy Cross.

Lids Team Sports Patriot League Weekly Awards (Feb. 1-7)

Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week
ANDRE WALKER, LOYOLA MARYLAND So., G, 6-0, 170; Westbury, N.Y./Christ the King
Walker scored a career-high 31 points and hit the game-winning free throws with 3.9 seconds left to lift Loyola to a 100-99 win in double overtime at Army West Point on Saturday and cap off a week where he averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds in three contests. Walker made a living at the line against the Black Knights with a 15-of-16 clip and also totaled five rebounds and four assists in the contest. He made his last 14 free throws and scored 29 of his 31 points after halftime, with 12 in the two overtime periods. The 31-point effort eclipsed his previous career high by 10 points. Walker began the week with 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 68-65 win over Colgate on Monday and also had 10 points, five assists and two boards in a 71-66 loss at Lehigh on Wednesday. He made 23-of-25 free throws (92%) in the three games. Walker is up to 10th in the Patriot League with 13.7 points per game for the season.

Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week
KYLE LEUFROY, LEHIGH Fr., G, 6-3, 195; Pasadena, Calif./Benicia
Leufroy averaged 16.0 points to help Lehigh win a pair of games at home last week as the Mountain Hawks moved over .500 in the Patriot League for the first time this season. He made 7-of-10 shots from the field in scoring 20 points in a 71-66 win over Loyola on Wednesday while adding a pair of rebounds and steals in the game. Leufroy followed it up with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists in a 72-49 win over American on Saturday as the Mountain Hawks won consecutive Patriot League games for the first time this season. He made 12-of-20 shots and 4-of-8 three-pointers in the two contests. Leufroy is named Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season to take the most honors for the year among his freshman peers.

Honorable Mention

NATHAN DIEUDONNE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., F, 6-7, 235; Louisville, Ky./Trinity
Dieudonne averaged 11.0 points and 15.5 rebounds in a pair of road wins for the Terriers, and came up big with 14 points, 17 rebounds and the tying free throws in the final seconds of regulation in an 89-82 overtime victory at Lafayette on Saturday.

NANA FOULLAND, BUCKNELL So., C, 6-9, 225; Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic
Foulland averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while making 13-of-22 field goals as Bucknell split a pair of road contests.

JORDAN SWOPSHIRE, COLGATE So., F, 6-7, 210; O’Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt South
Swopshire averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds as Colgate split a pair of games last week, and recorded 20 points and nine rebounds while making 7-of-11 field goals and 5-of-7 three-pointers in a 58-55 win at Navy on Saturday.

KEVIN FERGUSON, ARMY WEST POINT Sr., C, 6-10, 200; Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston (USMAPS)
Ferguson had double-doubles in a pair of overtime games for Army West Point, notching 17 points and 10 rebounds in an 84-81 win at Lafayette on Wednesday and 17 points with 14 boards in a 100-99 loss to Loyola on Saturday.

KYLE FOREMAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., G, 6-1, 170; Clyde Hill, Wash./Bellevue
Foreman averaged 15.0 points and 3.0 assists in a pair of road wins for the Terriers last week.

Patriot League Notebook

Lehigh/Lafayette, Colgate/Army West Point on Monday’s Slate
Two teams among the five tied in the loss column for second place in the Patriot League will take the court in action on Monday night. Lehigh will visit Lafayette in a make-up of a contest that was postponed due to Winter Storm Jonas on Jan. 23, with the Mountain Hawks looking to win a third-straight game and join the group of four teams tied for second place at 7-5 in the Patriot League. Colgate will be the first team from that quartet with a chance to break out of the logjam as the Raiders play at Army West Point. The Lehigh/Lafayette game will tip off at 7 p.m. and be shown on Patriot League Network as well as Lafayette Sports Network, while Colgate/Army West Point will be carried on CBS Sports Network at 7:30 p.m.

Four League Contests Set for Wednesday
Four Patriot League games are on Wednesday’s slate, including two that match up teams among the top six in the League standings. Lehigh goes on the road for the second time in three days when it travels to first-place Bucknell, while Navy heads to Loyola with each team at 7-5 in League action. American also goes to Boston University while Holy Cross hosts Lafayette. All four games will be shown on Patriot League Network, with Lehigh/Bucknell also televised nationally by American Sports Network with Lafayette/Holy Cross as a Campus Insiders exclusive production for PLN.

Bucknell Takes Control of League Race on Saturday
Bucknell opened up a three-game lead in the Patriot League men’s basketball standings on Saturday, while four teams are in a logjam tied for second place behind the Bison. Bucknell rebounded from a loss at American on Wednesday by rolling to a 77-52 win at Holy Cross, while the Bison moved three games ahead of Navy when the Mids fell 58-55 at home against Colgate. Loyola and Boston University posted overtime road wins to join Colgate and Navy at 7-5 in League action, with the Greyhounds winning 100-99 in double OT at Army West Point while the Terriers pulled out an 89-82 OT victory at Lafayette. Lehigh rolled to a 72-49 home win against American, snapping the Eagles’ five-game winning streak and joining the quartet of second-place squads in the loss column with a 6-5 record in League action.

Lehigh/Lafayette Concludes First Half of Original League Slate
The final game of the original first-half schedule in Patriot League play comes on Monday night when Lehigh heads to Lafayette. The game was first slated for Jan. 23, but was postponed due to Winter Storm Jonas. The teams split last year’s matchups in a pair of close wins by the road squad, as Lehigh won 75-71 at Lafayette before the Leopards returned the favor later in the year with a 63-61 win in Bethlehem.

Three Road Teams Go for the Sweep
Three of the visitors will look for a season sweep of their opponent in the other five Patriot League contests, beginning with Colgate trying to win both games this year against Army West Point after first beating the Black Knights at home by an 80-66 final on Jan. 13. In the other matchups that day, Navy beat Loyola 60-52 and Lafayette knocked off Holy Cross 65-52 for home wins while Boston University won 61-50 at American. Two days prior, Bucknell started Patriot League action with a 5-0 record by winning 82-76 at Lehigh. Among the teams going for the sweep, Colgate last won both games against Army West Point in 2009, Bucknell did it versus Lehigh in 2011, Lafayette pulled it off against Holy Cross in 2013 and both Navy and Boston University will be trying to sweep their opponent for the second year in a row.

Bucknell Looking Good Again in Regular Season
Bucknell is one of only three teams in the nation with at least a three-game lead in the loss column in a conference race, as the Bison are joined by San Diego State (Mountain West) and Wichita State (Missouri Valley) with the big advantage. Of course, that type of success is nothing new for the Bison. Bucknell has won four of the past five Patriot League regular-season titles, and its nine overall regular-season crowns are four more than any other Patriot League program. Bucknell stands at 10-2 or better through 12 Patriot League games for the ninth time in the League’s 26-year history.

Patriot League Squads Enjoying Road Success
Navy leads all Patriot League teams with nine road wins, but the Mids aren’t the only team who has won away from home this year. Navy has a 9-2 mark in true road contests while Army West Point (8-5) and Boston University (8-7) are just behind and Bucknell (7-5) also stands over .500 away from home. Navy’s nine road wins are tied for second in the country along with five other teams as the Mids prepare to play away from home twice this week, while Army West Point and Boston University are among the seven teams in the nation with eight road victories.

League Play Trends
Winning on the road has been a key part of Patriot League play, as four of the five visitors won on Saturday to bring the advantage for home teams to a meager 31-28 in League action. The games continue to be close with 35 of 59 contests decided by 10 points or less and 20 games finishing with a margin of five points or less or in overtime. Only five of the 15 completed Patriot League series have ended in sweeps, with Bucknell holding two of those and Lehigh, Boston U and Loyola one each.

1,000-Point Scorers
Army West Point’s Kyle Wilson (1,885) is active leading scorer in the Patriot League and among the top 10 in the nation.Wilson is followed among active Patriot Leaguers by American’s Jesse Reed (1,286), Bucknell’s Chris Hass (1,268), Colgate’s Austin Tillotson (1,258), Army West Point’s Tanner Plomb (1,214), Lehigh’s Tim Kempton (1,202), Boston University’s John Papale (1,183) and Lafayette’s Bryce Scott (1,124) and Nick Lindner (1,059).

CBS Sports Network, PLN, HSRN with Plenty of Coverage Ahead
The next Patriot League action on CBS Sports Network comes on Monday when Army West Point hosts Colgate. All home games except those broadcast by CBS Sports Network will be available through free live streaming on the Patriot League Network at www.patriotleague.tv. Campus Insiders will bring its production and broadcast crew to showcase nine games for PLN during Patriot League play, including a quarterfinal contest on March 3. Heritage Sports Radio Network also has multiple Patriot League games featured as national broadcasts on SiriusXM throughout the season, with the next on Wednesday as Lehigh visits Bucknell.

Team Notebooks

AMERICAN The Eagles extended their winning streak to five games with victories on Monday and Wednesday, but fell 72-49 at Lehigh on Saturday to see the run come to an end...The Eagles used late runs to beat Holy Cross 58-45 on Monday and Bucknell 69-55 on Wednesday, with both contests at home...American closed on a 20-6 run to knock off the first-place Bison...The game was tied at 49-49 before American put together the run in the final four minutes to pull away for the 14-point win...Delante Jones led the Eagles with 18 points as the team shot 22-of-40 from the field and held Bucknell without a three-pointer with an 0-of-15 clip....On Monday, American briefly fell behind 29-28 in the second half against Holy Cross before scoring six straight points to take the lead for good...Jesse Reed led the Eagles with 16 points...The Eagles fell behind early at Lehigh and saw the Mountain Hawks open the second half on a 24-1 run to pull away... Andrija Matic had 14 points and Delante Jones added 12...American is at Boston University on Wednesday and hosts Army West Point on Saturday.

ARMY WEST POINT Army West Point split a pair of overtime games last week, rallying for an 84-81 win at Lafayette on Wednesday before falling in a 100-99 double OT contest at home against Loyola on Saturday...Army rallied from an 18-point deficit against the Leopards, eventually tying the score with 7:45 to play...The Black Knights took the lead for good on Dylan Cox’s three-point play with 50 seconds left in OT for an 82-79 edge, and Lafayette missed a trio of three-pointers that would have tied it in the final seconds...Tanner Plomb (22), Kyle Wilson (20), Kevin Ferguson (17) and Cox (13) all had strong scoring nights for Army, with Plomb, Ferguson and Larry Toomey also adding 10 rebounds apiece...Army almost made it two in a row, but Loyola hit game-winning free throws with 3.9 seconds left in double OT on Monday... Plomb had 25 points, Wilson added 22 and both Ferguson (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Cox (17 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles for Army...The Black Knights also fell 64-50 at home against Navy on Monday...Army continues a busy stretch as it hosts Colgate on Monday on CBS Sports Network, then visits American on Saturday.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY Boston University has won four straight games and moved into a tie for second place in the Patriot League after recording a pair of road victories last week...The Terriers rallied for an 89-82 overtime win at Lafayette on Saturday after beating Navy 83-72 on Wednesday... BU was up most of the way against Lafayette before the Leopards used a 13-1 run for a 66-60 lead with three minutes left...The Terriers closed regulation on a 9-3 run to force overtime, with Nathan Dieudonne making a pair of free throws with three seconds left to even the score...BU never tralied in overtime, taking the lead for good with 2:55 left and going 12-for-12 at the line down the stretch... Eric Fanning led BU with 19 points while Cheddi Mosely (16), John Papale (15), Dieudonne (14) and Foreman (13) also scored in double figures, with Dieudonne posting another big game on the boards with 17 rebounds and the Terriers making 22-of-24 free throws in the contest....BU shot a season-best 58 percent in the win over Navy, closing on a 10-3 run after the Mids cut the margin to four late...Papale led BU with 18 points while Foreman had 17 and Fanning scored 15...The Terriers try to keep up the momentum when they host American on Wednesday and visit Loyola on Saturday.

BUCKNELL Bucknell limited Holy Cross to 32 percent shooting from the field on the way to a 77-52 victory over the Crusaders on Saturday afternoon, giving the Bison a three-game lead in the Patriot League race...They went on a 20-8 stretch in the first half and took a 39-28 lead at the break, and used a late 11-0 run to pull away for the 25-point win...Nana Foulland led the Bison with a career-high 22 points as Bucknell made 28-of-55 field goals and 13-of-16 free throws while holding Holy Cross to 17-of-53 from the field and 4-of-18 from three-point range...The Bison bounced back from a 69-55 loss at American on Wednesday where the Eagles closed on a 20-6 run...Bucknell faces two teams with winning Patriot League marks this week as it hosts Lehigh on Wednesday and visits Colgate on Saturday.

COLGATE Colgate snapped a three-game losing skid as it held on down the stretch for a 58-55 win at Navy on Saturday...The Raiders were up 51-50 before Jordan Robertson extended the advantage with a three-pointer with 1:40 to go, and Sean O’Brien hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left while Navy missed a three to tie in the final seconds...Jordan Swopshire led Colgate with 20 points while Austin Tillotson added 13 as the three-point ball made the difference in the contest, with the Raiders hitting 11-of-25 while holding Navy to 1-of-14 from downtown...The Raiders rebounded from a tough 68-65 loss at Loyola on Monday where the Greyhounds took the lead on a three-pointer in the final 10 seconds...Tom Rivard had 19 points, Swopshire scored 16 and Austin Tillotson had 15 points and seven assists for the Raiders...Colgate now goes to Army West Point on Monday on CBS Sports Network before hosting Bucknell on Saturday.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders fell in both their games last week, dropping a 58-45 final at American on Monday and a 77-52 contest at home against Bucknell on Saturday...Holy Cross used an 11-0 run to grab the lead midway through the second half at American, but the Eagles responded and went back ahead for good...Cullen Hamilton scored 18 points to lead Holy Cross while Robert Champion added nine, but no other Crusader had more than four in the game... Karl Charles had 13 points while Anthony Thompson and Eric Green each added 11 for the Crusaders against Bucknell...Holy Cross was 6-for-32 from three-point range in the two games...The Crusaders are home again on Wednesday to take on Lafayette in their only action of the week.

LAFAYETTE Lafayette took a pair of tough-luck losses last week as the Leopards lost in overtime at home in each of their contests...The Leopards trailed most of the way against Boston University on Saturday, but used a 13-1 run to go ahead 66-60 with under three minutes to go...Lafayette could not hold the advantage as BU went on a 9-3 run to close regulation, and the Leopards never held the lead in overtime... Matt Klinewski led Lafayette with 21 points while Monty Boykins (17), Nick Lindner (15) and Paulius Zalys (14) also scored in double figures...The loss followed an 84-81 overtime defeat against Army West Point on Wednesday...The Black Knights rallied from an 18-point deficit in regulation and took the lead for good with 50 seconds left in overtime as Lafayette missed a trio of three-point attempts in the final seconds...Klinewski and Lindner had 15 points apiece while Zach Rufer, Zalys and Boykins each scored 12..The Leopards have a busy week ahead as they host Lehigh on Monday before visiting Holy Cross on Wednesday and welcoming Navy on Saturday.

LEHIGH Lehigh won a pair of games at home last week, earning consecutive victories for the first time this season and also moving over .500 in League action for the first time by defeating Loyola 71-66 on Wednesday and American 72-49 on Saturday...Lehigh used a 13-3 run to go ahead of Loyola after the Greyhounds tied the score midway through the second half and held on down the stretch...Kyle Leufroy led Lehigh with 20 points while Kahron Ross had 16 points and eight assists...The Mountain Hawks alternated wins and losses in their first 10 Patriot League games, but stopped that run by winning a second-straight game with Saturday’s 72-49 victory over American...Lehigh opened the game on a 12-0 run and put it out of reach with a 24-1 stretch to begin the second half... Tim Kempton led Lehigh with 17 points while Leufroy (12) and Austin Price (11) also scored in double figures...Lehigh has led from start to finish in four of its Patriot League wins...The Mountain Hawks next visit Lafayette on Monday, then travel to Bucknell on Wednesday for this week’s action.

LOYOLA MARYLAND Loyola continued to play close games, and got a pair of big shots late to win two of their three contests last week... Andre Walker capped a career-high 31-point scoring effort by making two free throws with four seconds left in double overtime to send Loyola to a 100-99 win at Army West Point on Saturday...The game was back and forth throughout, with Walker sending it to double overtime on a shot with 22 seconds left in the first OT... Walker made 15-of-16 free throws in his 31-point outing, while Jarred Jones also had a career-high effort for Loyola with 28 points...Eric Laster had the dramatic shot on Monday as he made a three-pointer with 8.4 seconds left on the way to a 68-65 win at home against Colgate... Chancellor Barnard sealed the win by first blocking a shot and then making two free throws with a second to play for the 68-65 margin...Laster led Loyola with 18 points while Walker scored 17 and Jones finished with 11...In between the two dramatic wins, Loyola fell 71-66 at Lehigh on Wednesday as it missed a three to tie in the final seconds...Four players scored in double figures, led by Jones with 12...Four of Loyola’s seven Patriot League wins have been decided by three points or less, with two of the five defeats by five points or less...Loyola hosts Navy on Wednesday and Boston University on Saturday as it will play two of the other three teams in the four-way for second place in the Patriot League this week.

NAVY Navy opened the week with a 64-50 win at Army West Point on Monday, but lost at home on both Wednesday and Saturday and has dropped four of the last five contests overall...The Mids held the Black Knights to under 30 percent shooting in the win as they took control early...Will Kelly led Navy with 15 points and 10 rebounds..Navy limited Army to 15-of-55 shooting from the field and 6-of-28 from three-point range...Boston University shot 58 percent in an 83-72 win over the Mids on Wednesday...The Mids cut the deficit to four in the final minutes, but BU closed on a 10-3 run... Jace Hogan led Navy with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting while Tilman Dunbar scored 20...Navy then fell 58-55 at home against Colgate on Saturday to fall into a four-way tie for second place in the Patriot League...Hogan and Dunbar had 13 points apiece while Kelly added 10, but Navy went 1-of-14 from three-point range and 8-of-19 at the foul line...The Mids, who are 9-2 on the road, play away twice this week at Loyola on Wednesday and Lafayette on Saturday.