Bucknell Upsets Boston University, Holy Cross and Lafayette Win at Home in Sunday's Patriot League Men's Basketball

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Joey Ptasinski had 23 points in Lafayette's win over Lehigh.
Joey Ptasinski had 23 points in Lafayette's win over Lehigh.

Feb. 23, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell continued its hot streak by going on the road and knocking off first-place Boston University 63-53 on Senior Day for the Terriers on Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports Network.

The Bison (14-13, 9-7) win their fourth straight and pull into a fourth-place tie with Army with the victory, while the Terriers (20-9, 13-3) saw their lead over American for first place in the Patriot League fall to one game as their five-game win streak came to an end.

Holy Cross (17-11, 11-5) joined Boston University and American as a host in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament by beating Navy (9-18, 4-12) by a 74-57 final at home. Bucknell and Army will battle it out for the last spot to host a quarterfinal game on March 5.

Lafayette (10-17, 6-10) continued to surge with its fourth straight win and sixth in the last seven games as the Leopards held off rival Lehigh (14-15, 7-9 PL) 77-71 in Easton. Lafayette is one game back of the Mountain Hawks for sixth place, and trying to move up ahead of Lehigh to avoid being one of the bottom four teams that plays in the first round of the League Tournament on March 3.

Five more games are on tap for Wednesday as the final week of the regular-season begins. Boston University visits Army, American heads to Navy, Holy Cross goes to Loyola Maryland, Lehigh is at Bucknell and Lafayette travels to Colgate, with each game available on Patriot League Network. The BU-Army contest will be produced by Campus Insiders exclusively on PLN.

Recaps and box scores from Sunday's action are included below.

Bucknell 63 at Boston University 53
Box Score
*After going down by nine points early in the second half, Bucknell finished with a 39-20 stretch and went on to a 63-53 win at Boston University on Sunday.
*The Bison won their fourth straight game to tie Army for fourth place in the Patriot League at 9-7.
*Boston University saw its five-game win streak come to an end, and now leads American by just one game for first place in the Patriot League with two to play.
*After the teams played a low-scoring first half with BU up 23-22, the Terriers opened the second half on a 10-2 run to build a 33-24 lead four minutes into the period.
*Bucknell bounced back with an 11-2 run for a 40-38 lead with under eight minutes to go, and went ahead for good when a layup by Cory Starkey made it 42-40 with 7:02 left.
*The lead was 46-44 with under four minutes left before the Bison pulled away with an 11-3 run capped by consecutive three-point plays for Ryan Frazier to go up 57-47 with under two minutes to play and put the game away.
*Bucknell held a 34-20 edge in bench scoring, and the Bison reserves accounted for 30 of the team's 41 points in the second half.
*Cameron Ayers led the Bison with 11 while Ryan Frazier topped the reserves with 10 as six players scored seven points or more for the Bison.
*In addition to the bench production, Bucknell's dominance on the boards was the story as the Bison held a 46-27 rebounding advantage.
*The Bison limited BU to 16-of-50 shooting from the field and just 4-of-18 from beyond the arc as the teams split the season series.
*Nathan Dieudonne led BU with 13 points, while Maurice Watson Jr. had 12 and John Papale finished with 10.
*BU's senior trio of D.J. Irving, Dom Morris and Travis Robinson was 1-of-11 from the field and combined for eight points.
*The Terriers finish with a 5-2 home record in Patriot League play, and it was the first of their four losses at home overall that came in regulation.



at Holy Cross 74, Navy 57
Box Score
*Dave Dudzinski led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds as Holy Cross locked up a home game in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament with a 74-57 win at home against Navy.
*Holy Cross won for the ninth time in the last 11 contests to reach 11 Patriot League wins for the first time since 2009.
*The Crusaders took the lead for good with an early 13-1 run that put them up 18-7 midway through the first half, and carried it into a 34-19 lead at the break.
*Holy Cross never saw the advantage fall below double figures in the second half as it cruised to the 17-point win.
*Anthony Thompson added 17 points for the Crusaders, while Eric Green scored 14.
*The Crusaders dominated the boards with a 45-24 advantage to win easily in a game where they shot under 40% from the field.
*Holy Cross also made up for an average shooting night by making 25-of-31 free throws.
*The Crusaders swept the season series with Navy for the fourth year in a row.
*Thurgood Wynn led the Mids with 14 points, while Worth Smith added 12.
*Navy finished its regular-season road schedule with a 2-14 record, including 1-8 in Patriot League play.
*The Mids are guaranteed to play in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament on March 3.

at Lafayette 77, Lehigh 71
Box Score
*Lafayette won its fourth straight game and sixth in the last seven by holding off rival Lehigh for an exciting 77-71 win in Easton.
*The Leopards went ahead for good in the back and forth game early in the second half before holding off Lehigh down the stretch.
*Lafayette led for the last 17 minutes, and used an 8-0 run to build the advantage to 59-49 with 9:46 to play.
*Lehigh scored the next five points to bring it closer, and eventually wittled the Lafayette lead all the way down to 73-71 on a three-pointer by Mackey McKnight with 21 seconds to play.
*Seth Hinrichs put Lafayette back up four with a pair of free throws, and Joey Ptasinski clinched the win with a pair at the line with six seconds to go.
*Ptasinski led the Leopards with 23 points, while Bryce Scott (16), Nick Lindner (11) and Dan Trist (10) also finished in double figures.
*Hinrichs was held to four points, but pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds to help Lafayette to a 34-29 edge on the glass.
*The Leopards also forced 15 Lehigh turnovers while committing only eight of their own, and were red-hot from long range with a 10-of-15 clip led by 5-of-8 from Ptasinski.
*Lafayette split the season series with Lehigh, marking the first split between the rivals since 2010.
*Lehigh was nearly as hot as Lafayette from long range at 9-of-17 and finished 26-of-53 overall, but was hurt by the turnovers.
*Tim Kempton had a monster game for the Mountain Hawks with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while McKnight added 15 points.
*The Mountain Hawks fall out of contention to host a quarterfinal of the Patriot League Tournament, and are just one game ahead of the Leopards for sixth place as they try to stay out of the bottom four squads which play in the first round of the League tourney.