Mike Muscala earned his sixth Anaconda Player of the Week award of the year on Monday, tying a single-season record.
Feb. 18, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Still licking their wounds from road losses over the weekend, Bucknell and Lehigh will have to get right back on the court when they face off for first place in the Patriot League on Monday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
The pair each suffered tough road losses on Saturday, as Lafayette's Tony Johnson hit the game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds left to deal Bucknell a 63-62 defeat and Lehigh fell behind by 22 in the first half and could not get all the way back in a 64-60 loss at Colgate.
Bucknell and Lehigh are each 8-2 in the Patriot League, two games ahead of third-place Lafayette as they enter Monday's first-place matchup in Bethlehem. The winner of Monday's contest will take the lead and also lock up at least one home game in the Patriot League Tournament.
Lehigh has won the last three meetings with Bucknell, all at Sojka Pavilion. The Bison claimed the victory the last two times the teams matched up at Lehigh. The Bison have a 33-5 Patriot League record since 2011, with a 16-3 road mark in that span, while Lehigh has won 13 of its last 15 Patriot League games.
The losses for the top two were just part of an amazing weekend of Patriot League men's basketball. Army held on at the buzzer for a 56-55 win at Navy, while Daniel Munoz hit a three-pointer as time expired to give American a 64-61 win in overtime against Holy Cross.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Feb. 11-17)
Anaconda Player of the Week
MIKE MUSCALA, BUCKNELL Sr., C, 6-11, 239, Roseville, Minn./Roseville
Muscala ties a Patriot League single-season record with his sixth Anaconda Player of the Week award after averaging 28.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in two games for the Bison. He poured in 27 points on 12-of-21 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds in a 69-61 win over Colgate on Wednesday, taking over down the stretch with 12 of the Bison's final 20 points after the Raiders had closed to within two with under eight minutes to play. Muscala followed that up with 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting and 15 rebounds in a 63-62 loss at Lafayette on Saturday. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the first half alone. Muscala became just the second player in Patriot League and Bucknell history to hit the 1,000-rebound milestone, and his career total of 1,016 is just 87 away from the Patriot League record. He stands fifth in Patriot League history with 1,904 points. He has six straight double-doubles and a national-best 19 on the season, and is up to second in the nation with 11.6 rebounds per game and 22nd with 19.4 points per game. Muscala's six weekly awards tie Lehigh's C.J. McCollum (2010-11 and 2011-12) for the most in a single season, and his 10 overall honors are four off McCollum's career record of 14.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
KYLE WILSON, ARMY Fr., G/F, 6-4, 190, Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson averaged 18.0 points in a pair of Army victories to win the Anaconda Rookie of the Week award for the fifth time this season. He scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting in an 85-68 win at Lafayette on Wednesday, while also adding seven rebounds and four assists in a strong all-around effort. Wilson followed it up by pouring in 12 points and helping Army rally to a 56-55 win at Navy on Saturday, the first Star Game victory for the Black Knights in Annapolis since 1992. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the week while shooting 13-of-23 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line. Wilson is the top freshman scorer in the Patriot League and stands eighth overall with 13.3 points per game.
TONY JOHNSON, LAFAYETTE Sr., G, 6-0, 175; Folsom, Calif./Folsom
Johnson hit the game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds left to beat Bucknell 63-62 on Saturday, and averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals while committing just two turnovers in Lafayette's pair of games last week.
MURPHY BURNATOWSKI, COLGATE Jr., F, 6-7, 230; Waterloo, Ont./National Elite Development Academy
Burnatowski averaged 21.0 points and 6.0 rebounds to help Colgate split its contests against League leaders last week with a close 69-61 loss at Bucknell on Wednesday and a 64-60 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
STEPHEN LUMPKINS, AMERICAN Sr., F, 6-8, 230; Redwood City, Calif./Junipero Serra High School
Lumpkins had a pair of double-doubles last week, bringing his season total to 12, as he averaged 13.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in a 60-47 loss to Lehigh on Wednesday and 64-61 overtime win against Holy Cross on Sunday.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*Bucknell and Lehigh match up for first place in the Patriot League on Monday.
*The winner takes a one-game lead in the race and clinches at least one home game in the Patriot League Tournament.
*The Bison are tied for the national lead with 10 road wins.
*Lehigh has won three straight against Bucknell, all at Sojka Pavilion.
*The Bison have won the past two seasons at Stabler Arena.
*Bucknell is going for its 13th Patriot League campaign of at least nine wins.
*Lehigh aims to reach nine Patriot League wins for the sixth time.
*The Bison have a 33-5 Patriot League record since 2011, with a 16-3 road mark in that span.
*Lehigh has won 13 of its last 15 Patriot League games.
*The Bucknell seniors have a 5-4 edge against their Lehigh counterparts.
*Bucknell's Mike Muscala is second in the nation with 11.6 rebounds per game and ranks first with 19 double-doubles.
*He tied a single-season record with his sixth Anaconda Player of the Week award on Monday.
*Army will try to go over .500 in the second half of League play for the first time when it hosts Colgate on Wednesday.
*Lafayette aims for a 7-4 Patriot League record for the first time since 2004.
*Every Patriot League team is allowing under 70 points per game for the year.
*In the last 12 League games, only one team has topped 70 points.
Patriot League Notebook
Bucknell, Lehigh Rivalry Back On Center Stage
It's the final regular-season meeting for the storied senior classes at Bucknell and Lehigh, and as usual there's plenty on the line. The winner of Monday's contest will take a one-game lead in the Patriot League race and lock up a home game in the League Tournament. Bucknell has secured a winning League mark for the fourth year in a row and 18th time in 23 seasons, and is going for its 13th year with nine League wins or more. Lehigh has its second straight and eighth overall winning League record, and plays for its sixth season with nine wins or more. Bucknell has won 33 of 38 Patriot League games since the start of the 2011 season, while Lehigh has claimed wins in 13 of its last 15 League contests. The Bison seniors have a 5-4 head-to-head edge against the Lehigh seniors, though the Mountain Hawks have won three in a row.
Bison Tied For National Lead in Road Victories
Despite losing at Lafayette on Saturday, Bucknell is still tied for the NCAA lead with 10 road wins. The Bison share the mark with four other teams. Lehigh also lost on the road on Saturday, but is still just one behind the leaders with nine road wins this year. Even with the losses on Saturday, Bucknell is 16-3 on the road in Patriot League play since the start of the 2011 season and Lehigh has won nine of its last 10 road games against Patriot League foes.
What a Weekend!
The weekend produced four contests that went down to the final seconds, and three of those games ran simultaneously on Saturday afternoon. First, Colgate held off Lehigh 64-60 by making 8-of-8 free throws in the last two minutes after the Mountain Hawks had used a 25-4 run to tie the score. Minutes later, Lafayette scored the last four points of the game and beat Bucknell 63-62 on a shot by Tony Johnson with 4.5 seconds left. Almost at the same time, Army was holding off Navy 56-55 as Tilman Dunbar missed a shot in the lane that would have won it at the buzzer for the Mids. And maybe the most dramatic game of the weekend was still to come, as American beat Holy Cross 64-61 in overtime on Sunday when Daniel Munoz drilled a three-pointer as time expired.
Reversing the Trends
The trends that had been establilshed in Patriot League play were thrown out the window over the weekend. Only five of the first 36 Patriot League games were decided by five points or less before all four came down that way over the weekend. The first eight Patriot League series ended in sweeps, but each of the weekend winners split the series with their opponents. After only two teams rallied from halftime deficits before the weekend, Lafayette and Army both came back from intermission gaps on Saturday. The lead changed hands after halftime in three of the four weekend games after only eight of the first 36 heading in. And after the home/road split was 16-16 this time last week, home teams have won six of eight to make it a 22-18 edge for the year.
Bucknell's Muscala Puts Up Another Dominant Week
Bucknell senior Mike Muscala averaged 28.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in two games last week, and on Monday tied a single-season record with his sixth Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award. Muscala became just the second player in Patriot League and Bucknell history to hit the 1,000-rebound milestone last week, and his career total of 1,016 is just 87 away from the Patriot League record. He has six straight double-doubles and a national-best 19 on the season, and is up to second in the nation with 11.6 rebounds per game and 22nd with 19.4 points per game.
A Memorable Win for Army
Army notched a 56-55 win at Navy in the Star Game on Saturday, which was significant beyond its meaning in the rivalry. The Black Knights recorded a pair of firsts by reaching .500 through 10 Patriot League games and winning three consecutive League road games. Army also won a Star Game at Navy for the first time since 1992 while taking the Star for the second straight year and third in four seasons. It is the first time the Black Knights claimed consecutive Star Games since a three-game run from 1976-78.
Patriot League Conclues Three Straight Days on CBS Sports Network
The highly-anticipated Bucknell-Lehigh showdown would have to be pretty special to live up to what happened in Patriot League games on CBS Sports Network over the weekend, with the Army-Navy and Holy Cross-American contests going down to the final buzzer the last two days. After Monday, the network's coverage of Patriot League hoops continues with Lehigh at Lafayette on Sunday, while a flex game is set for the regular-season finale on March 2 at Noon. Coverage continues with the Patriot League semifinals on March 9 (2 and 4:30 p.m.) and the League Championship contest on March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Patriot League Games
Bucknell Bison (21-5, 8-2) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (18-6, 8-2)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa. - Monday, 7 p.m.
TV CBS Sports Network
*Bucknell and Lehigh square off with first place on the line from Stabler Arena on Monday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
*The winner will take a one-game lead in the standings and also clinch a home game in the Patriot League Tournament.
*Lehigh has won the last three matchups, all coming at Bucknell.
*The Mountain Hawks posted a 65-62 win at Bucknell on Jan. 23 after winning last year's Patriot League title game 82-77 in Lewisburg.
*Lehigh also notched a 56-53 win in the regular season at Bucknell last year, but the Bison earned a 68-61 win at Lehigh.
*Bucknell has won the last two meetings in Bethlehem, also beating the Mountain Hawks at Stabler Arena in 2011.
*The Bison had beaten Lehigh four straight times before the Mountain Hawks' stretch of three in a row.
*Bucknell is tied with four other teams for the national lead with 10 road victories.
*The Bison have a 33-5 Patriot League record since 2011, with a 16-3 road mark in that span.
*Lehigh has won 13 of its last 15 Patriot League games.
*Bucknell has a 97-62 lead in the all-time series with the Mountain Hawks, and a 37-16 edge as Patriot League members.
Lafayette Leopards (13-14, 6-4) at Holy Cross Crusaders (11-14, 3-7)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
*Just two games out of first place, Lafayette tries to stay in touch with the leaders when it visits Holy Cross on Wednesday.
*The Leopards defeated Holy Cross 63-53 on Jan. 23 for their seventh win in the last 10 games against the Crusaders.
*Lafayette has won Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal games at Holy Cross in each of the last two seasons after winning a semifinal at home against the Crusaders in 2010.
*Lafayette has won the last three matchups at Holy Cross, also taking a 54-43 win in the regular season last year.
*The Leopards had lost eight straight trips to the Hart Center before that stretch.
*The teams have split the season series in each of the last three years.
*Lafayette is trying to sweep Holy Cross for the first time since 2004.
*Holy Cross has a 33-21 lead in the all-time series, and a 31-20 edge as Patriot League members.
*A 7-4 record would be Lafayette's best mark through 11 League games since 2004.
*Holy Cross is trying to avoid its first sub. 500 Patriot League campaign since 2010 and just its third since 2000.
Colgate Raiders (10-17, 4-6) at Army Black Knights (12-13, 5-5)
Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
*Army tries to go over .500 in the second half of League play for the first time when it hosts Colgate Wednesday.
*A victory would give Army six Patriot League wins, matching the school's high from 2002, 2008 and 2009.
*The Raiders rallied from 14 points down to beat the Black Knights 93-90 in overtime in Hamilton on Jan. 23.
*Army swept last year's season series, beating Colgate 91-75 at home on Jan. 18 and 79-59 in Hamilton on Feb. 15.
*The teams split the matchups the previous two seasons, with Colgate winning at West Point in 2011.
*The Raiders last swept the season series with the Black Knights in 2009.
*Colgate holds a slim 56-55 edge in the all-time series, and a 37-10 advantage since Patriot League play began.
*A 5-6 mark would best Colgate's best at this stage in the Patriot League since 2009.
American Eagles (10-15, 5-5) at Navy Midshipmen (7-19, 1-9)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. - Wednedsay, 7 p.m.
*American tries to go over .500 in the Patriot League for the first time since it was 1-0 when it visits Navy on Wednesday.
*The Eagles have dominated the series as Patriot League members with a 22-4 advantage against the Mids.
*American has won four straight and nine of the last 10 against Navy, including a 72-49 win at home on Jan. 23.
*The Eagles are trying to sweep the season series with the Mids for the second year in a row and fourth in five seasons.
*Navy's last win over the Eagles was a 72-53 triumph at home in 2011.
*The all-time series is closer as the Eagles hold a slim 39-37 advantage.
*The Eagles have been over .500 through 11 League contests in each of the last two seasons.
AMERICAN Daniel Munoz hit a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to give the Eagles a 64-61 victory over Holy Cross at Bender Arena Sunday on CBS Sports Network...The Eagles won their third straight home game and third in the past four overall...The only loss in the stretch was at Lehigh on Wednesday...American led by as many as eight points in the second half against Holy Cross, but it was back-and-forth in the final eight minutes before going to overtime tied at 53...The lead changed hands multiple times in overtime, with Stephen Lumpkins putting the Eagles up 61-59 on a three-point play with 50 seconds to go...Holy Cross tied the score with 35 seconds left, and both teams missed opportunities to go in front in the final 10 seconds...After Holy Cross missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Munoz drove down court and drained the winning three-pointer to give the Eagles the victory...Lumpkins led the Eagles with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while John Schoof added 15 and Munoz scored 14, including eight of the team's 11 points in overtime...Lumpkins averaged 13.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games last week, and is up to 12 double-doubles for the season....American beat Holy Cross at home for the seventh straight time...The Eagles visit Navy on Wednesday and host Army on Saturday.
ARMY Army set a number of school benchmarks by rallying for a 56-55 win in the Star Game at rival Navy on Saturday at Alumni Hall on CBS Sports Network...The Black Knights recorded a pair of firsts by reaching .500 through 10 Patriot League games and winning three consecutive League road games...Army also won a Star Game at Navy for the first time since 1992 while taking the Star for the second straight year and third in four seasons...It is the first time the Black Knights claimed consecutive Star Games since a three-game run from 1976-78...Army trailed by six points at halftime, and it was still a seven-point deficit with 12 minutes left before Army went on a 20-7 stretch to take the lead...The Black Knights went up for good with 7:35 to go, and were up 56-50 with 2:58 left...Army would not score again, but Navy missed a shot at the buzzer as the Black Knights held on for the one-point win...Ella Ellis and Kyle Wilson led the Black Knights with 12 points apiece...The Black Knights won their second straight game, and have clinched just their fifth season of five wins or more in Patriot League play...Army and Navy split their season series for the eighth time in 10 years...Army tries to keep it up this week when it hosts Colgate Wednesday and visits American on Saturday.
BUCKNELL The Bison saw their five-game win streak come to an end in heartbreaking fashion with a 63-62 loss at Lafayette on Saturday...Bucknell led 62-59 in the final minute, but Lafayette scored the last four points and won it on a jumper with 4.5 seconds to play...Bucknell had one last chance in the final seconds, but Cameron Ayers' three-point attempt was off the mark...The Bison fell despite another outstanding game from Mike Muscala, who finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds after recording 21 points and 10 boards in the first half alone...He averaged 28.0 points and 13.5 rebounds last week and on Monday tied a Patriot League record with his sixth Anaconda Player of the Week award of the year..Muscala is just the second Patriot League and Bucknell player to reach 1,000 rebounds, and is 87 away from the League record...He is second in the country with 11.6 rebounds per game...Muscala has six straight double-doubles and leads the NCAA with 19 this season...Ayers finished with 20 points in the game, but the rest of the Bison combined for 13 on 3-of-26 from the field...Bucknell lost for just the fifth time overall and third on the road in Patriot League action since 2011...Bucknell remains tied for first with Lehigh as they face off on Monday evening from Bethlehem on CBS Sports Network.
COLGATE The Raiders continued their upward trajectory with their biggest Patriot League win in years, a 64-60 triumph at home against co-leader Lehigh on Saturday... Colgate built a huge lead early and held off a late run by Lehigh..The Raiders snapped a two-game losing skid, and their 4-6 mark is the best at this stage of Patriot League play since 2010...Colgate dominated early, scoring 16 straight points to take a 22-4 lead with 11:01 to play in the first half and holding a 41-25 edge at the break...Colgate opened the second half strong to build its lead to 52-31 with 14:44 to go, but Lehigh went on a 25-4 run from there to tie the score at 56-56 with just over three minutes to play...But the Raiders buckled down on defense to hold the Mountain Hawks scoreless for nearly three minutes, and went 8-for-8 at the foul line down the stretch to earn the win...Brandon James hit a pair with 1:53 left to put Colgate in front for good, and the Raiders made all six attempts in the last 13 seconds to push the lead to four on three ocassions...Murphy Burnatowski led Colgate with 19 points, while Pat Moore added 17...Colgate beat Lehigh for the first time since sweeping the Mountain Hawks in 2011...The Raiders try to inch closer to the top half of the standings as they visit Army Wednesday and host Navy on Sunday.
HOLY CROSS The Crusaders suffered a tough loss on Sunday as American's Daniel Munoz hit a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to send Holy Cross to a 64-61 defeat...The Crusaders have lost six out of their last seven games and fell after snapping their losing skid with a 66-57 win over Navy on Tuesday...The Crusaders led by five points early, then used a 9-0 run to rally from an eight-point deficit in the second half...Holy Cross tied the game at 53-53 with 1:39 left, and missed a chance to win it in regulation when Dave Dudzinski was off the mark with five seconds to go...Overtime went back-and-forth, with Dudzinski tying the score at 61-61 with 37 seconds left...After Cullen Hamilton missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with a chance to put Holy Cross ahead with five seconds left, Munoz came down the floor and hit the game-winner for the Eagles... The Crusaders were led by Dudzinski with 19 points, while Phil Beans added 10 off the bench...Justin Burrell dished out nine assists and committed just one turnover to go with his eight points....Holy Cross fell to 1-4 on the road in Patriot League action, and lost at American for the seventh straight time...The Crusaders host Lafayette Wednesday and are at Bucknell on Sunday this week.
LAFAYETTE Tony Johnson hit the game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds left as Lafayette pulled out a 63-62 win over Bucknell on Saturday at Kirby Sports Center...The Leopards snapped an eight-game losing skid against the Bison, beating Bucknell for the first time since 2010...Lafayette only shot 6-of-24 in the first half, but managed to stay within 32-25 at the break...After falling behind 11 early in the second half, Lafayette chipped away and eventually took the lead with 7:50 to go...Bucknell scored five straight points to take a 62-59 edge with 1:50 left, but Lafayette came up big in the final minute...The Leopards got to within 62-61 on a layup by Johnson with 50 seconds left...After Bucknell missed a three-pointer, Johnson drove and hit a pull-up jumper for the game-winning points with 4.5 seconds left...The Bison got off a three to win, but the shot was off the mark...Lafayette heated up in the second half, going 12-of-24 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range...The Leopards hit 21-of-26 free throws, staying in the game in the first half by going 11-of-12 at the line...Seth Hinrichs led Lafayette with 20 points and six rebounds, while Johnson had 17 points and five assists without any turnovers...The senior point guard averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals with just two turnovers in two games last week...Joey Ptasinski added 14 points as the trio accounted for 51 of the 63 points...The Leopards have won nine of their last 10 home games...They are at Holy Cross on Wednesday, then try to sweep rival Lehigh when the teams face off in Easton on Sunday at Noon on CBS Sports Network.
LEHIGH A slow start ultimately doomed the Mountain Hawks in a 64-60 loss at Colgate on Saturday...Lehigh fell behind Colgate 22-4 less than nine minutes into the game, and was unable to get back into it until the second half...The Mountain Hawks were still down 52-31 before scoring 18 straight points to get within three and eventually tying the score at 56-56 with 3:04 to go...But Lehigh would not score again for nearly three minutes, and Colgate went 8-for-8 at the free throw line in the last two minutes to seal the win...The Mountain Hawks twice closed to within two points in the last 10 seconds, but the Raiders answered with a pair of free throws each time... Lehigh saw its four-game win streak come to an end despite a team-high 17 points from Anthony D'Orazio and Gabe Knutson...Holden Greiner added 12 and Mackey McKnight had eight, but the rest of the team combined for six points on 2-of-12 shooting..Lehigh was just 10-of-29 overall and 0-of-8 from three-point range in the first half...The Mountain Hawks had just six assists on their 24 field goals... Lehigh had won 13 of its last 14 Patriot League games, and saw its nine-game road win streak against League opponents come to an end... The Mountain Hawks have a first-place showdown at home on CBS Sports Network on Monday at 7 p.m. against Bucknell.
NAVY The Mids took a tough loss against rival Army as Tilman Dunbar's shot in the lane was off at the buzzer and the Black Knights held on for a 56-55 win in Annapolis...It was Navy's first home loss in a Star Game against Army since 1992...The Mids held a 30-24 lead at the break and were up 43-36 with just over 12 minutes to play in the game, but Army went on a 20-7 run to go ahead for good...The Mids got to within 56-55 on three made free throws by Kendall Knorr with 43 seconds left, and got the ball back with nine seconds left for a chance to win...Dunbar found his way into the lane, but his shot was off the mark as time expired...Worth Smith had 14 points while Dunbar added 12...Smith had a team-high eight rebounds, while Dunbar totaled five assists...Smith averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games last week, and is the only Patriot Leaguer with 25 blocked shots and 25 steals this season...Navy dropped its seventh straight game and 13th in the last 14 contests...The Mids try to break the streak this week when they host American Wednesday and visit Colgate Sunday.