Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Matchups Set

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Holy Cross' Devin Brown scored 26 points on Saturday in a win over Lehigh.
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Holy Cross' Devin Brown scored 26 points on Saturday in a win over Lehigh.
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Feb. 26, 2011

2011 Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship page

Center Valley, Pa. - The 2011 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament matchups were finalized on Saturday afternoon, with Holy Cross and Lehigh taking the last spots to host in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday along with top seed Bucknell and No. 2 American.

The Crusaders claimed a spot to host when they beat the Mountain Hawks, 89-76, at the Hart Center. Lehigh had to wait another half-hour to find out it would host a quarterfinal game, as the Mountain Hawks claimed the No. 4 seed after Lafayette fell to American, 95-92, in double overtime in Easton.

Navy knocked off Colgate, 75-55, to jump the Leopards in the pecking order while Bucknell completed a 13-1 Patriot League campaign with a 78-64 win at home against Army.

Wednesday's quarterfinals will pit No. 8 Army at No. 1 Bucknell and No. 5 Navy at No. 4 Lehigh on one side of the bracket, and No. 7 Colgate at No. 2 American and No. 6 Lafayette at No. 3 Holy Cross on the other side. The Colgate/American game will be televised on CBS College Sports Network. The remaining three games will be shown on Patriot League All-Access, with all four contests tipping off at 7 p.m. Click here for quarterfinal ticket information, with the details for home games at Holy Cross and Lehigh coming soon.

The Patriot League Tournament continues with the semifinal round on March 6, with both games shown on CBS College Sports Network at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The Patriot League Championship is set for Friday, March 11 at 4:45 p.m. on ESPN2. Every Patriot League Tournament game is played at the site of the higher seed.

For more information, visit the Patriot League Championship page

Recaps and box scores from each of Saturday's games are included below, along with a synopsis from each contest.

at Holy Cross 89, Lehigh 76
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Worcester, Mass. - Leading by one after a high-scoring first half, Holy Cross (8-20, 7-7 PL) held Lehigh (15-14, 6-8 PL) to 30 points after intermission and pulled away throughout the period for an 89-76 win over the Mountain Hawks on Saturday at the Hart Center.

With the win, the Crusaders take the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will host No. 6 Lafayette in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Even with the loss, Lehigh was able to finish in a three-way tie for fourth as Lafayette fell to American. The Mountain Hawks swept both Navy and Lafayette this year, and earn the No. 4 seed in the League Tournament and the right to host No. 5 Navy on Wednesday.

Holy Cross trailed by as many as eight points in the first half, but finished the period strong and took a 47-46 lead at the break. The Crusaders pulled away at the beginning of the second half, scoring the first eight points for a 55-46 lead. It was 74-68 with 8:30 left when the Crusaders effectively put the game away with an 11-2 run to take a 15-point lead. The advantage stayed in double digits the rest of the way as Holy Cross posted the 13-point win.

Devin Brown and Andrew Keister continued their outstanding play for Holy Cross. Brown had 26 points, moving within two of 1,000 for his career, while making 8-of-15 shots and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Keister tallied his seventh-consecutive and 29th-career double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and also added four blocks. He made 8-of-13 shots in the game. Keister also moved into the top five in Patriot League history in rebounding on the afternoon. Andrew Beinert joined his fellow senior with an outstanding regular-season home finale, scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 from the field and also dishing out four assists. Mike Cavataio completed Holy Cross' double-digits scorers with 13 points. The Crusaders made over 50 percent of their shots from the field (31-of-60) and three-point line (8-of-15), and maintained a 47-28 edge on the boards. The teams split the season series. Holy Cross concludes the regular season with three wins in its past four games.

C.J. McCollum led Lehigh with 19 points, but again had a tough shooting night with a 5-for-17 clip and 3-of-10 from beyond the arc. Three other Mountain Hawks also finished in double figures, with 15 for Gabe Knutson, 14 for Mackey McKnight and 12 for Holden Greiner. McKnight and Knutson shared team honors with six rebounds, while the freshman guard also had four assists. Lehigh made 18-of-21 free throws, but was under 40 percent from the field and three-point range. The Mountain Hawks committed just five turnovers but also had only 10 assists. Lehigh lost its third game in the past four outings.

American 95 at Lafayette 92 (2OT)
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Easton, Pa. - It took two overtimes and a pair of game-tying shots, but American (21-8, 11-3 PL) ultimately outlasted Lafayette (11-18, 6-8 PL), 95-92, on Saturday at Kirby Sports Center to extend its winning streak over the Leopards to 14 games.

More importantly, the loss dropped Lafayette from a potential No. 3 seed all the way down to No. 6, and on the road at Holy Cross in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament. American had already sealed its position as the No. 2 seed, and will host No. 7 Colgate in in a Wednesday quarterfinal on CBS College Sports Network.

The game was close from start to finish. American took its biggest lead until the second overtime at six points late in the first half, but Lafayette closed the period with four straight to make it 33-31 and continued strong early in the second half to take its biggest lead at 46-40 with 16:15 to play. Lafayette had a 64-60 lead with 4:39 left on a three-pointer by Jim Mower, and it was still 65-62 on a Jared Mintz free throws with just 52 seconds to play. After an American basket and a pair of Lafayette free throws, the Eagles sent the game to overtime on a three-point play by Troy Brewer with just 15 seconds left. Lafayette's Tony Johnson missed a good look on a runner in the lane in the final seconds as the game went to the extra session tied at 67.

Lafayette would never trail in the first overtime, going up 72-69 on a three-pointer by Ryan Willen with 3:27 to go and pushing it to 76-72 on a shot by Johnson with just 1:04 left. Again American rallied in the final minute, however. Brewer connected on a three-pointer with 24 seconds left to bring the Eagles within 78-77. Johnson followed with 1-of-2 free throws, and the Eagles took the ball with 20 seconds left. Nick Hendra missed a shot to tie, but the Eagles got the ball out of bounds with five seconds to go. This time Hendra was fouled beyond the three-point line with just over two seconds to play, and sank both to send the game to another overtime tied at 79.

The Eagles carried the momentum into the second overtime, with back-to-back three-pointers by Brewer and a layup by Stephen Lumpkins in an 8-0 run for an 87-81 lead with 1:55 to play. Mower answered with a three-pointer for the Leopards, but Vlad Moldoveanu hit a jumper and two free throws for a 91-84 American edge with under a minute to play. Even that lead was not safe, as Johnson nailed a three-pointer to get Lafayette within 95-92 with 11 seconds left and the Leopards forced a five-second count on the ensuing inbounds to have a chance to tie. Lafayette got three shots at the tie, but Mower missed a pair and Johnson was off on a good look in the final seconds as American held on for the win.

Each team was led by two outstanding performances in the double-overtime thriller. Moldoveanu had 30 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead American, while Brewer scored a career-high 28 with six boards and three assists while making 9-of-13 shots, 5-of-9 three-pointers and all five free throws in the game. Johnson had a career-high 29 points and six assists while shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 9-of-10 at the line and Mintz finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists with an 8-of-16 mark from the field and 10-of-12 from the line.

Lumpkins scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Eagles, while Hendra had nine points, six assists and five rebounds. American made a staggering 56.7 percent of its shots (34-of-60), with a 10-for-22 mark from the three-point line. The Eagles were just as good at the foul line with a 17-for-19 clip. They held a 37-29 rebounding advantage and dished out 20 assists. American sweeps the season series from Lafayette for the sixth year in a row, and finishes with 11 wins or more in Patriot League play for the second time (13-1, 2009). The Eagles enter the Patriot League Tournament with a five-game winning streak.

The Leopards shot nearly as well from the field (30-of-63), and also stayed in the game at the foul line with a 24-for-30 showing. Mower had 17 points and Willen had 13, but the rest of the team outside of the top four scorers combined for only seven points. Lafayette had 19 assists and just six turnovers while forcing 15 turnovers by the Eagles. The Leopards have dropped four of their past five games, but have a pair of overtime defeats as well as a one-point loss late at Lehigh in that stretch.

at Bucknell 78, Army 64
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Lewisburg, Pa. - Bucknell (22-8, 13-1 PL) became just the eighth team in Patriot League history to finish 13-1, winning its seventh straight game and earning revenge for its only League loss with a 78-64 triumph over Army on Saturday at Sojka Pavilion.

The teams will be right back at it on Wednesday when No. 8 seed Army visits No. 1 Bucknell in a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal.

The Bison trailed only once at 2-0, scoring the next 12 points and clamping down defensively to lead 12-2 with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half. Army got within 26-22 late in the first half, but the Bison scored the final four points of the period to go ahead 30-22 at the break. With the lead at seven, Bucknell went on a 16-1 run to pull away for good and take a 48-26 lead with 12:48 left. Army would never get back within single digits as the Bison went on to the 14-point win.

Bucknell had its usual balanced effort, with four players in double figures but none scoring more than 12. Bryan Cohen led the Bison at that mark while making 5-of-8 shots, while Mike Muscala, Cameron Ayers and Bryson Johnson each finished with 11. Muscala had a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double, and also added six blocks. Three other players combined for 23 points, including Darryl Shazier with seven points, seven assists and no turnovers in his regular-season home finale. The Bison overcame a tough three-point shooting night by making 25-of-53 shots overall and 23-of-28 at the foul line, and held Army below 40 percent overall and from beyond the arc. The Bison now own half of the eight finishes at 13-1 or better in Patriot League play, also doing so in 1993 and 2007 while completing the only 14-0 season in 2006. The Bison have won 16 of their last 17 and 20 of their last 22 games, and the loss to Army on Jan. 29 is their only defeat since Christmas.

Jeremy Hence scored 26 points and Ella Ellis added 22 for Army. Josh Herbeck chipped in with eight but no other player had more than two points. The Black Knights were 22-of-60 from the field and 10-of-27 from three-point range. Army has dropped 10 of its past 11 contests, with only the win over the Bison in that stretch.

at Navy 75, Colgate 55
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Annapolis, Md. - Jordan Sugars reached 1,000 points in the final regular-season game of his junior season and Navy (11-19, 6-8 PL) sent four seniors out in style with a 75-55 win over Colgate (7-22, 4-10 PL) on Saturday at Alumni Hall.

Navy moved up the No. 5 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with the win and Lafayette's loss, and will be at No. 4 Lehigh on Wednesday. Colgate remained at No. 7 and will visit No. 2 American in a quarterfinal game shown on CBS College Sports Network.

The Mids dominated the game right from the tip, scoring the first 11 points and holding an 18-3 lead less than four minutes in. Colgate would score the next 12 points to get within 18-15 as the Mids went cold, but would get no closer as Navy stretched its lead to 31-24 at the half. The Mids held a 41-33 advantage when they delivered the knockout, going on a 15-1 run to go ahead 56-34 with under 10 minutes to play. Navy pushed the lead as high as 25 points and went on to the 20-point win.

Sugars scored 25 points while making 9-of-13 shots, and is now up to 1,004 for his career. Navy's senior class of Romeo Garcia, Mark Veazey, O.J. Avworo and Greg Brown joined Sugars in the starting lineup and combined for 36 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and nine steals in the game. J.J. Avila came off the bench to score 12 points with five assists, as the Mids dished out 17 while committing just nine turnovers. Navy made 25-of-57 shots and 16-of-17 free throws, and held Colgate to just 17-of-44 shooting and 4-of-16 from three-point range. Navy also forced the Raiders into 22 turnovers. The Mids swept the season series for the second time in the past three years. Navy enters the Patriot League Tournament with two wins in its past three games, with the victories coming by 17 and 20 points.

Yaw Gyawu led the Raiders with 12 points, while Mitch Rolls and Joe Hoban each scored 10. Colgate made 17-of-23 foul shots but it couldn't make up for the overall shooting or turnover issues. The Raiders did hold a 35-27 rebounding advantage. Colgate was swept for the fourth time in Patriot League play this year.