Boston University Moves into Sole Possession of First Place in Patriot League Men's Basketball



Feb. 15, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University won its fourth straight game with an 87-72 victory at Loyola Maryland and now sits alone in first place in Patriot League men's basketball after American fell for the third time in four contests with a 74-62 defeat at Lafayette on Saturday.

The Terriers (19-8, 12-2 PL) have made up three games in the last two weeks to take over the top spot by one game ahead of the Eagles (15-10, 11-3). Both teams did clinch top-four seeds in the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday, so they will each host in the quarterfinal round on March 5. American visits Boston University in a first-place matchup on Wednesday, with the Eagles trying to sweep the season series after an 86-56 win in the first meeting in Washington on Jan. 22.

Holy Cross (16-10, 10-4) moved within a game of second place after winning for the ninth time in 10 games and fourth in a row with a 72-67 triumph at Lehigh (13-14, 6-8). Army (12-13, 8-6) remains in fourth, but is now just one game up on Bucknell (12-13, 7-7) after the Bison beat the Black Knights 73-61 in Lewisburg.

Navy (9-16, 4-10) and Lafayette (8-17, 4-10) are tied for eighth place in the Patriot League after the Mids won 71-61 at home against Colgate (9-16, 3-11). Loyola (10-15, 5-9) sits in seventh place, with each of the bottom four trying to move up to avoid playing a first-round game in the League Tournament on March 3.

In addition to the American-BU contest, Wednesday's schedule includes Lafayette at Holy Cross, Colgate at Army, Bucknell at Loyola and Navy at Lehigh, with each game available on Patriot League Network.

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

Boston University 87 at Loyola Maryland 72
Box Score
*John Papale and Cedric Hankerson scored 20 points apiece to lead Boston University to an 87-72 win over Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
*The Terriers won their fourth game in a row, each time completing a season sweep of an opponent.
*Boston University, the preseason favorite in the Patriot League, is alone in first place for the first time this season.
*The Terriers led from start to finish, going up by as many as 19 points in the first half before settling on a 42-28 lead at the break.
*Loyola climbed back to within five points three times in the second half, and was down just 62-57 with under six minutes to go.
*BU pulled away from there with a 13-2 run and went on to the 15-point win.
*Papale was 7-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 from three-point range, while Hankerson went 5-of-6, all from long range, and made 5-of-6 free throws.
*D.J. Irving added 14 points for the Terriers while Maurice Watson Jr. had 12 points and eight assists.
*BU had lights-out three-point shooting at 14-of-23 in the game, and was solid overall at 25-of-54 while also making 23-of-29 free throws.
*BU forced 22 Loyola turnovers to win despite being outrebounded 37-24 and giving up 52% field-goal shooting.
*Jordan Latham had a career night for the Greyhounds with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting as well as 10 rebounds.
*Eric Laster had a career-high 18 points for Loyola while Jarred Jones added 10.
*Loyola shot 26-of-50 overall and 17-of-23 at the foul line.
*The Greyhounds fell for the third straight game and seventh in the last nine.



at Lafayette 74, American 62
Box Score
*Lafayette took the lead for good with a 12-0 run early in the second half and went on to a 74-62 win over American on Saturday.
*The Leopards won for the fourth time in the last five games after an 0-9 start in the Patriot League.
*The Eagles fell for the third time in four contests after opening League play at 10-0, and dropped out of first place for the first time this season.
*The Leopards trailed 39-36 before the 12-0 stretch gave them a nine-point lead with 12:37 to play.
*American was within six with three minutes left, but consecutive three-point plays by Bryce Scott and Dan Trist started another 12-0 Lafayette run as the Leopards went on to the 12-point win.
*Trist scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds for the double-double.
*Seth Hinrichs added 18 points and Joey Ptasinski scored 10 for the Leopards.
*Lafayette shot 27-of-45 (60.0%) for the game and made 21-of-27 shots from inside the arc.
*The Leopards also hit 14-of-17 free throws to win a game where they were just 6-of-18 from long range.
*Tony Wroblicky and Jesse Reed led American with 13 points apiece.
*The Eagles made 22-of-45 (45.8%) from the field, finishing under 48 percent for the first time since their first meeting with the Leopards on Jan. 18.
*American stayed in the game with 10-of-21 three-point shooting, but made only 8-of-15 free throws.
*Lafayette beat American at home for the second straight season after previously going seven years without a regular-season win against the Eagles.

Holy Cross 72 at Lehigh 67
Box Score
*Holy Cross won for the fourth straight time and ninth in the last 10 with a 72-67 victory at Lehigh on Saturday.
*The Crusaders swept the Mountain Hawks for the first time since 2009, and also won at Lehigh for the first time since that season.
*Holy Cross has won double-digit Patriot League games for the first time since an 11-3 finish in 2009.
*Holy Cross never trailed, though the Crusaders did not shake Lehigh until the final minute.
*The Crusaders held a 63-60 lead for nearly four minutes before Justin Burrell canned a jumper for a five-point edge with 30 seconds left.
*Lehigh twice closed back within three, but Burrell answered with a pair of free throws each time as the Crusaders went on to the five-point win.
*Eric Green led Holy Cross with 14 points as each member of the Crusader starting five finished in double figures.
*Burrell followed with 13 along with Anthony Thompson, while Malcolm Miller scored 12 and Dave Dudzinski finished with 10.
*The Crusaders only turned it over eight times in the game and made 9-of-20 three-pointers and 15-of-21 free throws.
*Tim Kempton led Lehigh with 17 points, while Mackey McKnight had 16 and Jesse Chuku finished with 10.
*Lehigh was a solid 9-of-18 from three-point range, but did not get to the foul line often with a 6-of-8 clip.
*Lehigh has a 1-7 mark against the top four teams in the Patriot League standings, and lost to each of the squads at home.

at Bucknell 73, Army 61
Box Score
*After Army went ahead by two, Bucknell closed the game with a 23-9 run to earn a 73-61 victory at home on Saturday.
*The Black Knights were up 52-50 with under eight minutes to go before the decisive stretch began.
*Cameron Ayers hit a three-pointer to put Bucknell ahead for good at 55-52 with 7:03 left, and consecutive treys by John Azzinaro and Brian Fitzpatrick made it a 61-54 lead with 5:12 left.
*Ayers scored Bucknell's next nine points as Army never got closer than six again and the Bison went on to the 12-point win.
*Ayers led the Bison with 22 points, while Fitzpatrick and Chris Hass each finished with 15.
*The Bison won with solid three-point (7-of-12) and free-throw (18-of-21) shooting in the game.
*Bucknell made 15-of-26 three-pointers in winning each of its games at home this week.
*The Bison also held a 42-30 rebounding advantage and limited the Black Knights to 8-of-26 from long range.
*In addition to its long-range struggles, Army made just 5-of-13 free throws and 24-of-59 overall from the field.
*Tanner Omlid led the Black Knights with 12 points off the bench.
*Kyle Wilson, the second-leading scorer in the Patriot League, did not make a shot and finished with two points overall while Army's No. 2 scorer, Tanner Plomb, was out of action for the second game in a row.
*The teams split the season series as Bucknell beat Army at Sojka Pavilion for the seventh straight time.

at Navy 71, Colgate 61
Box Score
*Navy led from start to finish in a 71-61 home win over Colgate on Saturday.
*The Mids remained tied for eighth place in the Patriot League with Lafayette, while dropping Colgate to the bottom of the standings.
*Navy snapped a five-game losing skid against the Raiders after Colgate had led for the entire game in the first meeting on Jan. 18.
*The Mids scored the first five points and led by 11 late in the first half before settling on a 35-30 lead at the break.
*Navy scored six straight points for a 49-39 lead with under 10 minutes to go, and later tallied six in a row again to go up 57-45 with under five minutes left and led by at least eight the rest of the way.
*Brandon Venturini led the Mids with 19 points while Worth Smith added 16.
*Venturini also dished out eight of the team's 19 assists against only six turnovers.
*The Mids were over 50% from the field at 25-of-46, and hit 7-of-15 three-point shots.
*Austin Tillotson led Colgate with 24 points while Murphy Burnatowski added 13.
*The duo made 11-of-21 shots, but the rest of the Raiders hit a combined 8-of-26 from the field.
*Navy won for the second time in three games while Colgate dropped its fourth in the last five contests.