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
*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
*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.