American, Colgate Earn Home Wins Saturday in Patriot League Men's Basketball

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Jesse Reed led American with 21 points in Saturday's win over Army.
Jesse Reed led American with 21 points in Saturday's win over Army.

Feb. 22, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The weekend slate in Patriot League men's basketball opened up with two games on Saturday and both home teams won as American knocked off Army 58-54 and Colgate beat Loyola University Maryland 84-60.

The Eagles (16-11, 12-4 PL) snapped a two-game losing skid and guaranteed a top-three seed in the Patriot League Tournament with the win, which dropped the Black Knights (13-14, 9-7) into a tie in the loss column for fourth place with Bucknell. Colgate (10-17, 4-12) snapped a three-game losing streak while sending Loyola (10-17, 5-11) to its fifth-straight loss.

Three more games are on tap for Sunday, with each tipping off at Noon. Bucknell visits Boston University in a game shown on CBS Sports Network, while the Lehigh/Lafayette and Navy/Holy Cross games are on Patriot League Network. Boston University can clinch a share of the regular-season title, but not the No. 1 seed in the League Tournament, with a win over Bucknell while Holy Cross can secure a top-three seed and home game the quarterfinals of the League tourney on March 5 with a win over Navy.

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

at American 58, Army 54
Box Score
*American went ahead by as many as 23 points, then held off Army down the stretch for a 58-54 win at home against the Black Knights on Saturday.
*The Eagles improve to 12-4 in the Patriot League, reaching the 12-win mark for the second time, and clinch a top-three seed in the League Tournament.
*Army scored the first four points, but American took control from there with a 19-2 run to build a 13-point lead midway through the first half.
*The Eagles took a 30-16 lead at halftime, then opened the second half with a 17-8 stretch to go ahead 47-24 with 12:40 to play.
*Army fought back from there, scoring 12 straight points to get within 11 and later putting up an 8-0 run to close within 51-46 with under three minutes to play.
*Army got within 54-51 with 1:18 left, but Larry Toomey and Kyle Wilson each missed three-pointers with a chance to tie the score.
*Darius Gardner hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left to put AU back up five, and Jesse Reed sealed the win on a layup with five seconds to go before Army hit a three at the buzzer.
*Reed scored 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting and also pulled down seven rebounds, while Tony Wroblicky had a double-double of 14 points and 12 boards for the Eagles.
*American shot an even 50% (21-of-42) while holding Army to 17-of-47 from the field.
*The Eagles swept the Black Knights for the third time in four seasons after Army won all three meetings last year.
*Mo Williams led Army with 18 points off the bench, while Kevin Ferguson and Dylan Cox each scored 11.
*One game after a career-high tying 29 points, Kyle Wilson scored only two on 1-of-15 shooting for the night.
*Wilson was 0-of-6 from three-point range as Army was 5-of-16 from downtown, and the Black Knights were just 15-of-26 at the line.

at Colgate 84, Loyola 60
Box Score
*Colgate shot over 60% overall and from three-point range to roll to an 84-60 win over Loyola on Saturday at Cotterell Court.
*The Raiders made 32-of-53 shots and 12-of-18 threes, including 17-of-25 overall and 7-of-9 from downtown in the first half to take a 44-30 lead.
*Loyola actually led 25-24 with 6:16 to play in the period before Colgate used a 20-5 run to close the half and take control.
*Colgate hit a three-pointer to open the second half and led by at least 15 and as many as 27 the rest of the way.
*Ethan Jacobs led Colgate with 20 points, while Austin Tillotson had 17, Murphy Burnatowski finished with 15 and Nathan Harries added 10.
*The quartet combined to make 11-of-13 shots from three-point range.
*Tillotson had seven of the team's 22 assists, and Colgate also had a 29-23 rebounding edge as the teams split the season series.
*R.J. Williams led Loyola with 16 points while Jarred Jones scored 10.
*The Greyhounds lost their fifth straight game and fell to 0-8 on the road in Patriot League action.