American, BU Stay Tied for First while Holy Cross Takes Sole Possession of Third in Patriot League Men's Basketball

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Dave Dudzinski had 26 points in Holy Cross' win over Army on Wednesday.
Dave Dudzinski had 26 points in Holy Cross' win over Army on Wednesday.

Feb. 12, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American and Boston University each picked up wins on Wednesday to remain tied for first place in Patriot League men's basketball, while Holy Cross emerged in third place with a 66-63 victory over Army.

The Eagles (15-9, 11-2 PL) were behind early before going on a dominant 32-7 stretch to pull away for a 64-44 win at home against Lehigh (13-13, 6-7), while the Terriers (18-8, 11-2) answered a late run by Colgate (9-15, 3-10) for a 76-74 victory in Hamilton.

Holy Cross (15-10, 9-4) follows the top two in the standings by itself as the Crusaders held off Army (12-12, 8-5) to move into sole possession of third place. Holy Cross swept the season series with the Black Knights as Kyle Wilson's shot to tie at the buzzer was off the mark.

Bucknell (11-13, 6-7) and Lafayette (7-17, 3-10) each won decisively at home. The Bison topped Navy (8-16, 3-10) 78-57 to move into a fifth-place tie with Lehigh, while the Leopards upended Loyola Maryland (10-14, 5-8) in a game where junior Seth Hinrichs went over the 1,000-point mark for his career.

The top four teams in the League standings all go on the road Saturday, with American at Lafayette, Boston University at Loyola Maryland, Holy Cross at Lehigh and Army at Bucknell. All four games, along with the Colgate/Navy contest, will be available on Patriot League Network.

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

Boston University 76 at Colgate 74
Box Score
*After seeing a double-digit lead evaporate, Boston University made key plays down the stretch for a 76-74 win at Colgate on Wednesday.
*The Raiders had gone ahead 69-68 with 3:21 left by using a 17-4 run to rally from a 12-point deficit.
*John Papale hit a three 18 seconds later to put BU back in front for good and ignite an 8-2 run for the Terriers.
*BU held a 73-71 lead in the final minute before Papale hit a jumper with 28 seconds to go and D.J. Irving added a free throw with 13 seconds left to seal the win.
*The Terriers won their third straight game, with the victories giving them season sweeps of Navy, Lafayette and now Colgate.
*BU is 10 games over .500 (18-8) at any point in a season for the first time since 2004-05.
*The Terriers improved to 6-1 in games decided by three points or less while winning their 20th straight meeting with Colgate.
*Dom Morris led BU with 16 points, while Papale (13), Maurice Watson Jr. (12) and Malik Thomas (10) also finished in double figures.
*BU shot 31-of-58 overall and 10-of-21 from three-point range for the game, with clips of 16-of-25 and 6-of-11, respectively, in the second half.
*The Terriers dished out 17 assists against only six turnovers.
*They overcame a halftime deficit to win in both meetings against Colgate this year.
*Murphy Burnatowski led the Raiders with 27 points while making 8-of-15 shots and 6-of-11 three-pointers, matching his season-high point total set in the first meeting against BU.
*Damon Sherman-Newsome added 15 points while Ethan Jacobs had 11 as Colgate shot 27-of-49 for the game and 10-of-22 from long range.



at American 64, Lehigh 44
Box Score
*American shook off a slow start to take over late in the first half and into the second for a 64-44 win over Lehigh on Wednesday.
*The Eagles trailed 18-12 with just over seven minutes to play in the first half before closing the period on a 15-2 run for a 27-20 lead at the break.
*AU kept it going in the second half by opening with a 17-5 run, making it a 32-7 stretch overall for a 44-25 lead with 12 minutes left.
*Lehigh would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way as the Eagles pulled away late for the 20-point win.
*Darius Gardner had 17 points, six assists and five steals for the Eagles, while Tony Wroblicky filled the stat sheet with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
*Wroblicky also had two blocks to set the school record with 140 in his career.
*Jesse Reed had 14 points while John Schoof had 12 as American's top four scorers accounted for all but six of the team's points.
*The Eagles shot 22-of-45 from the field to hit 48% or better for the eighth game in a row, and also made 15-of-18 free throws.
*American also did the job defensively by holding Lehigh to 15-of-43 shooting and forcing 21 Mountain Hawk turnovers.
*The Eagles swept the season series with Lehigh for the first time since 2011.
*Austin Price led Lehigh with 20 points, but no other player scored more than six for the Mountain Hawks.

at Holy Cross 66, Army 63
Box Score
*Holy Cross made big shots down the stretch to hold on for a 66-63 win over Army on Wednesday at the Hart Center.
*The Crusaders swept the Black Knights for the first time since 2011, going a game ahead of the Black Knights for third place in the Patriot League in the process.
*After the Crusaders used a 19-2 run spanning the first and second half to turn an eight-point deficit into a 40-31 lead, the Black Knights put together an 11-2 stretch for a 51-50 lead with six minutes to play.
*Eric Green hit a pair of free throws to put Holy Cross back ahead for good, and Malcolm Miller hit a jumper and a three-pointer for a 57-53 lead with 2:28 left.
*After Army's Kyle Wilson cut it to one with a three-pointer, Justin Burrell made a three-pointer as the shot clock expired for a 60-56 Holy Cross lead with 1:18 left.
*Wilson cut it back to two, but Dave Dudzinski scored with 29 seconds left to build Holy Cross' lead to 62-58.
*Wilson answered with a three to cut it to 62-61 with 21 seconds left, but Burrell went 4-for-4 at the line, both in 1-and-1 situations, as Holy Cross held a 66-63 lead with 12 seconds left.
*Army had a shot to tie, but this time Wilson's three-pointer was off the mark at the buzzer.
*Dudzinski had a season-high 26 points for the Crusaders, while Burrell added 10 points and nine assists.
*Holy Cross made only 22-of-51 shots overall, but hit 10-of-20 from three-point range and also stepped up at the line with a 12-of-14 clip.
*Wilson led the Black Knights with 23 points, 19 of which came in the second half.
*Dylan Cox scored 14 and Tanner Omlid added 11 for Army, which played without second-leading scorer Tanner Plomb.
*Army was 25-of-57 for the game and just 8-of-23 from long range, and also made only 5-of-12 free throws.

at Bucknell 78, Navy 57
Box Score
*Bucknell avenged a loss to Navy last month by taking control early in a 78-57 win at home on Wednesday.
*The Bison took the lead for good five minutes into the game as part of an 8-0 run that pushed the advantage to 17-9.
*Bucknell then closed the first half with a 13-1 run for a 44-21 advantage at the break, and led by at least 17 points throughout the second half in the 21-point win.
*Chris Hass (15), Brian Fitzpatrick (14), Dom Hoffman (14) and Cameron Ayers (13) all scored in double figures for the Bison.
*Steven Kaspar had only three points, but did everything else with 10 assists, nine rebounds and four steals in the contest.
*The Bison had a solid shooting night at 30-of-65 overall and 8-of-14 from three-point range.
*Bucknell also held a 38-27 rebounding edge and forced 18 Navy turnovers while committing only eight of its own.
*Bucknell's 14 steals were its most since 2006.
*The Bison beat the Mids for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings.
*Brandon Venturini had 15 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting for Navy, which went 11-of-24 overall from downtown.
*The Mids also made 22-of-50 field goals, but hit just 2-of-8 free throws.

at Lafayette 61, Loyola Maryland 44
Box Score
*Lafayette took the lead for good late in the first half and carried the momentum into the second for a 61-44 win over Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
*The Leopards finished the first half on a 6-1 run for a 27-22 lead, then started the second with a 15-5 stretch to build the advantage to 42-27 with 16:36 to play.
*Lafayette would push the lead as high as 24 points before settling on the 17-point win.
*Dan Trist led Lafayette with 14 points while Seth Hinrichs scored 13, going over 1,000 in his career in the contest.
*Hinrichs became the first active junior in the Patriot League to reach the 1,000-point mark.
*Lafayette shot an even 50% from the field at 25-of-50 and limited Loyola to 16-of-48 overall and 1-of-14 from three-point range while forcing 17 Greyhound turnovers.
*The Leopards won for the third time in four games following an 11-game losing skid.
*Franz Rassman and R.J. Williams led the Greyhounds with 10 points apiece.
*Loyola has scored just 96 total points in its last two games.
*The Greyhounds fell to 0-7 on the road in Patriot League action.