Seeds, Matchups Set for Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament

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Boston University's D.J. Irving

March 1, 2014

Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Central | Tournament Bracket

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament came down to the final minutes of two games on Saturday, with Boston University stepping forward to earn the top spot with a 68-64 win at Holy Cross.

The Terriers (22-9, 15-3) will be the No. 1 seed in their first Patriot League Tournament, and will host each game that they play. BU ended up winning the regular-season title by two games over American (17-12, 13-5), which fell 56-51 at home to red-hot Bucknell (16-13, 11-7) as the Bison won their sixth straight game.

The win by BU locked in the top six seeds in the Patriot League Tournament, with each of those squads getting byes through Monday's first round. After BU and American, Holy Cross (18-12, 12-6) will be the third seed, Bucknell fourth, Army fifth and Lehigh sixth.

The other three games all played a role in setting the seeds for the first round, with Colgate and Loyola earning the home games after road wins coupled with a Lafayette loss at Army. The Raiders (12-17, 6-12) won their third straight game with a 74-57 triumph at Lehigh (14-17, 7-11) to secure the seventh seed, while the Greyhounds (11-18, 6-12) will play as the eighth seed after a 67-65 win at Navy (9-20, 4-14). Lafayette (10-19, 6-12) fell to the ninth seed and will have to go on the road in the first round after it fell 87-85 at Army (14-15, 10-8).

The 2014 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament begins with the first round on Monday as No. 10 Navy visits No. 7 Colgate and No. 9 Lafayette heads to No. 8 Loyola Maryland. The bracket does not re-seed for Wednesday's quarterfinals, which will feature the No. 9/8 winner at No. 1 Boston University and No. 5 Army at No. 4 Bucknell in the top half of the bracket and the No. 10/7 winner at No. 2 American and No. 6 Lehigh at No. 3 Holy Cross in the bottom half.



The semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament will be played on Saturday at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., with the higher seed of the 9/8/1 vs. 5/4 and 10/7/2 vs. 6/3 games hosting each contest. The Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship will be played at the higher seed on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The first round and quarterfinals of the League Tournament will be shown on Patriot League Network, with the semifinals and championship on CBS Sports Network. For more information, including a full bracket, schedule and ticket information, visit Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Central.

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

Boston University 68 at Holy Cross 64
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*Boston University held off Holy Cross 68-64 to claim the outright Patriot League regular-season title in its first season in the conference.
*The Terriers are a regular-season champ and No. 1 seed for the first time since doing it in the America East in 2004.
*As the No. 1 seed, BU has secured a berth to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) if it does not win the Patriot League Tournament.
*BU fell behind by six points early in the second half, but surged ahead for good with a 13-2 run to go up 48-43 with 12:36 left.
*BU led by eight points with just over five minutes left, but Holy Cross fought back to get within 66-64 with 1:46 to play.
*The Terriers took over a minute on their next possession, and Holy Cross turned it over trying to tie or take the lead with nine seconds left.
*D.J. Irving sealed the win for BU by making a pair of free throws with seven seconds to play.
*Irving led the Terriers with 15 points, while fellow senior Dom Morris added 14.
*BU shot over 50% for the game at 26-of-50.
*The Terriers beat every team at least once in their first Patriot League season, and swept six of the other nine schools.
*Dave Dudzinski led Holy Cross with 20 points on Senior Day, while Eric Green added 10.
*The Crusaders won 11 of their final 14 games to capture the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament.

Bucknell 56 at American 51
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*Bucknell remained red-hot going into the Patriot League Tournament by winning 56-51 at American for its sixth straight victory.
*The Bison fell behind briefly in the second half at 35-34, then scored nine straight points to take the lead for good.
*American chipped away and got within two in final minute, but Cory Starkey's putback with 40 seconds left put Bucknell ahead 53-49 and the Bison went on to the five-point win.
*Chris Hass led the Bison with 15 points, while Brian Fitzpatrick added 10.
*Starkey had nine points and 11 rebounds as the Bison dominated the boards with a 45-26 advantage, including 15 on the offensive end.
*Bucknell held American to 19-of-56 (33.9%) from the field and just 5-of-25 from three-point range.
*Jesse Reed led American with 16 points.
*The teams split the season series after American won the League opener at Bucknell on Jan. 2.
*The Eagles finish alone in second place in the Patriot League, but have lost five of eight games after a 10-0 start.

Colgate 74 at Lehigh 57
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*Colgate had its third-straight convincing victory and earned a first-round home game in the Patriot League Tournament with a 74-57 win at Lehigh.
*The Raiders have won by 24, 17 and 17 points in their three-game win streak.
*Colgate took control early with a 15-0 run to build a 24-9 lead, and carried a 42-26 advantage into the half.
*The Raiders held a double-digit lead throughout the second half as they cruised to a 17-point win.
*Damon Sherman-Newsome led Colgate with a career-high 28 points and made 5-of-9 three-pointers, while Austin Tillotson (15), Ethan Jacobs (11) and Luke Roh (10) also finished in double figures.
*Colgate shot 25-of-52 for the game while holding Lehigh to 19-of-55 overall and 5-of-20 from three-point range.
*Jesse Chuku (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Tim Kempton (14 points, 14 rebounds) both had double-doubles for Lehigh, which held a 37-31 edge on the boards.
*The Mountain Hawks enter the Patriot League Tournament with losses in three straight and five of their last six games.

Loyola Maryland 67 at Navy 65
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*Tyler Hubbard made a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds left to give Loyola a 67-65 win at Navy on Saturday.
*With the win, the Greyhounds passed Lafayette to earn the No. 8 seed and host the Leopards in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament on Monday.
*Loyola trailed for 30 straight minutes until going ahead 60-58 with 4:48 left, and never fell behind again.
*Navy tied the score on three separate occasions down the stretch, including at 65-65 on a layup by Worth Smith just moments before Hubbard was fouled.
*R.J. Williams sealed the win with a steal in the final seconds.
*Franz Rassman led Loyola with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Eric Laster (14), Williams (10) and Jarred Jones (10) also finished in double figures.
*Loyola shot just under 50% at 23-of-47 while sweeping the season series from the Mids and snapping a six-game losing skid overall.
*Worth Smith led the Mids with 19 points, while Brandon Venturini added 15 and Thurgood Wynn scored 11.
*Navy had a 38-30 rebounding, including 20 offensive boards, but made just 10-of-19 free throws.

at Army 87, Lafayette 84
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*Army snapped a two-game losing skid and sent Lafayette to the No. 9 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with an 87-84 win over the Leopards on Saturday.
*Army used a 27-9 stretch in the first half to turn a seven-point deficit into an 11-point lead, and held off Lafayette the rest of the way.
*The lead stayed in single digits throughout the second half, with Lafayette getting to a two-point deficit five times in the last 10 minutes.
*The Leopards had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Seth Hinrichs was off the mark from three-point range.
*Kyle Wilson led Army with 28 points, while Kevin Ferguson had 17 points and Dylan Cox and Tanner Omlid added 11.
*Army was on fire at 33-of-57 from the field and 10-of-18 from three-point range.
*The Black Knights won their fourth straight game against Lafayette, sweeping the Leopards for the second year in a row.
*Four players topped 15 points for Lafayette as Hinrichs scored 19, Dan Trist had 17 and Joey Ptasinski and Nick Lindner each finished with 16.
*Lafayette was a solid 35-of-67 from the field, but just 9-of-25 from three-point range.
*The Leopards lost their final two games after winning six of seven.