Boston University Beats American, Takes Two-Game Lead in Patriot League Men's Basketball Race



Feb. 19, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After trailing by double digits early, Boston University rallied and pulled away late for a 71-62 win at home against American on Wednesday to take a two-game lead over the Eagles for first place in Patriot League men's basketball.

The Terriers (20-8, 13-2) won for the fifth straight time while sending the Eagles (15-11, 11-4) to their fourth loss in the last five contests. BU clinched at least a top-two seed in the Patriot League Tournament, and can earn the No. 1 as soon as this weekend if it beats Bucknell and American loses to Army.

American remains alone in second place because Lafayette (9-17, 5-10) won for the third straight time and fifth in the last six contests with a 76-64 triumph at Holy Cross (16-11, 10-5), which saw its four-game win streak come to an end. Lafayette Head Coach Fran O'Hanlon set the all-time record for Patriot League wins with his 127h triumph in League action.

Army (13-13, 9-6) follows in fourth place after Kyle Wilson scored a career-high tying 29 points in a 74-66 win at home against Colgate (9-17, 3-12). Cameron Ayers hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds left to keep Bucknell (13-13, 8-7) one game behind the Black Knights with a 55-53 win at Loyola Maryland (10-16, 5-10), while Lehigh (14-14, 7-8) is one game back of the Bison after scoring the final 11 points in a 72-65 win at home against Navy (9-17, 4-11).

The weekend schedule is split between Saturday and Sunday. It begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. when Army visits American and Loyola goes to Colgate, and continues on Sunday at Noon with Bucknell at Boston University, Navy at Holy Cross and Lehigh at Lafayette. The Bucknell/BU game will be shown on CBS Sports Network, with the other four contests available on Patriot League Network.

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

at Boston University 71, American 62
Box Score
*Boston University came back from an early deficit to take control of first place in the Patriot League with a 71-62 win over American on Wednesday.
*The Terriers moved two games ahead of the Eagles for the top spot as the teams split the season series.
*BU will be a top-two seed in the Patriot League Tournament, and can clinch the No. 1 spot as early as this weekend with a win and an American loss.
*American jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first half, but BU closed the period with eight straight points to get within 32-31 at the break.
*The Terriers took the lead for good early in the second half with seven straight points for a 42-36 lead with just under 15 minutes to play, making it a 19-4 run going back to the first half.
*BU would lead by at least five points for the remainder of the game before settling on the nine-point win.
*Dom Morris made 6-of-9 shots and led the Terriers with 16 points and seven rebounds.
*Maurice Watson Jr. added 13 points and seven assists, while six other players scored five points or more.
*Facing the top rebounding team in the Patriot League, BU dominated the glass with a 40-24 advantage and pulled down 16 offensive boards.
*Tony Wroblicky and Jesse Reed led the Eagles with 13 points apiece while Darius Gardner had 12 and John Schoof scored 10.
*American shot 23-of-50 for the game, finishing under 48% for the second game in a row after eight consecutive games at that mark or better.
*American made over 70% of its shots and three-pointers in an 86-56 home win over BU on Jan. 22.
*BU won its fifth game in a row, while American fell for the fourth time in five contests since a 10-0 start in the Patriot League.

Lafayette 76 at Holy Cross 64
Box Score
*Lafayette had another outstanding shooting night to win for the third straight time and fifth in the last six with a 76-64 triumph at Holy Cross.
*Head Coach Fran O'Hanlon won his 127th Patriot League game, breaking the previous record of 126 set by Bucknell's Pat Flannery (1994-08)
*The Leopards won at Holy Cross for the fifth straight time, and third consecutive regular-season meeting, while splitting the season series with the Crusaders.
*Lafayette was over 50% from the field (27-of-49) and three-point range (10-of-19) and also made 12-of-13 free throws.
*The Leopards took the lead for good with the last five points of the first half for a 39-34 edge at the break, and later used an 11-2 run to go up 54-42 with 11:19 to play.
*Lafayette had another 10-0 run to go ahead by 18 with four minutes to play before taking the 76-64 victory.
*Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards with 21 points, while Nick Lindner (17), Joey Ptasinski (16) and Dan Trist (10) also scored in double figures.
*Dave Dudzinski led Holy Cross with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Thompson scored 13 points.
*Holy Cross was under 40% for the game at 22-of-58 and hit just 5-of-25 three-pointers.
*The Crusaders had their four-game winning streak come to an end and fell at home for the first time since Jan. 5, snapping a five-game run at the Hart Center.

at Army 74, Colgate 66
Box Score
*Kyle Wilson tied his career high with 29 points as Army played well in the last 10 minutes and pulled out a 74-66 win at home against Colgate.
*The teams were tied at 35-35 after a back and forth first half before Colgate limited Army to two points in the first seven minutes of the second half to take a 43-37 lead.
*The Black Knights fought back with a 13-4 run, taking the lead for good on a three-pointer by Tanner Omlid that made it 50-47 with 9:31 to go.
*Wilson helped put the game away with the first seven points of a 9-0 run that pushed Army's advantage to 69-57 with under two minutes to go.
*Colgate got as close as six points before Wilson's free throws with 48 seconds left capped the scoring.
*Wilson was very efficient as he made 8-of-10 shots, all three of his three-pointers and 10-of-11 free throws.
*The 29 points tied him with teammate Tanner Plomb for the most in a Patriot League game this season.
*Kevin Ferguson had 17 points while making 7-of-7 shots, while Dylan Cox added 15 and hit 5-of-7 from the field.
*The 20-of-24 shooting from the trio helped Army finish 24-of-42 (57.1%) for the game.
*Army put an end to a three-game losing skid and swept the season series with Colgate for the second time in three years.
*Austin Tillotson led Colgate with 14 points while Murphy Burnatowski and Ethan Jacobs scored 11 each and Luke Roh added 10.
*Colgate was over 50% for the game at 26-of-50, but made only 6-of-17 shots from three-point range.
*The Raiders lost their third straight game and fifth in the last six.

Bucknell 55 at Loyola Maryland 53
Box Score
*Cameron Ayers hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds left to send Bucknell to a 55-53 victory in a wild game at Loyola Maryland.
*The Bison dominated the first half with a 28-14 advantage at the break, but the Greyhounds turned things around with a 28-7 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 42-35 lead.
*Bucknell answered with an 11-4 run to tie the score and neither team would lead by more than two points for the final six minutes.
*R.J. Williams put Loyola ahead 53-52 on a layup with 1:15 left, but the Greyhounds left the door open with a pair of missed free throws before Ayers hit the winning basket with 16 seconds to go.
*Jarred Jones could not convert on a chance to tie the score for the Greyhounds in the final seconds.
*Ayers led the Bison with 22 points, while John Azzinaro scored 12 and Dom Hoffman finished with 10.
*The Bison made 24-of-51 shots and had a 39-29 rebounding advantage to win a game where they were just 2-of-5 at the free throw line and had a -11 turnover margin (16/5).
*Loyola made 50% of its second-half shots after a brutal first half, but finished just 18-of-56 (32%) from the field for the game.
*The Greyhounds fell despite committing only five turnovers and recording 10 steals.
*Bucknell won its third straight game and swept the season series from Loyola, which dropped its fourth in a row.

at Lehigh 72, Navy 65
Box Score
*Lehigh scored the last 11 points to pull out a 72-65 win at home against Navy on Wednesday.
*Navy had used a 9-2 run to take a 65-61 lead with less than three minutes to play before the Mountain Hawks closed out the victory.
*Tim Kempton brought Lehigh within a point with a three-point play, and Jesse Chuku had the eventual winning bucket when he made it 66-65 with 1:59 left.
*The Mountain Hawks closed the game out with 6-of-6 free throw shooting in the final 30 seconds.
*Mackey McKnight had 15 points and nine assists for Lehigh, moving within six assists of the school record of 566.
*Corey Schaefer matched McKnight with 15 points, while Kempton and Chuku had 11 each and Justin Goldsborough finished with 10.
*Lehigh was just under 50% from the field at 26-of-53 and also made 11-of-13 free throws while recording 16 assists and just six turnovers.
*Will Kelly had a double-double for the Mids with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Worth Smith and Zach Fong had 12 each and Brandon Venturini had 10 with seven assists.
*Navy shot nearly 55% at 28-of-51, but hit only 3-of-12 three-pointers and 6-of-12 free throws.
*The Mids also held a 32-23 edge on the boards, but had six more turnovers than Lehigh.
*Lehigh swept Navy for the fourth straight season and beat the Mids for the ninth time in a row overall.