March 5, 2014
Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The top three seeds in the Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament held serve on their home court Wednesday, but the defending champion was knocked off as #5 seed Army got a shot from Kyle Wilson with 12.5 seconds to play to take down #4 Bucknell 72-71.
The Black Knights advance to Saturday's semifinal round where they will play top-seed Boston University, which opened its Patriot League Tournament era with a resounding 91-54 win over #9 Lafayette. The 37-point margin was the largest in a quarterfinal contest, and BU shot a Patriot League Tournament record 66.1% to break the mark of 63.6% set by the Leopards in a first-round win over Loyola Maryland on Monday.
The other side of the bracket held serve as #2 seed American put together an 18-0 first-half run on its way to a 59-50 win at home against #7 Colgate, while #3 Holy Cross held off #6 Lehigh 54-48 behind 19 points from Malcolm Miller for its first Patriot League Tournament win since 2010.
Saturday's semifinals will feature Army at Boston University at 3:30 p.m. and Holy Cross at American at 5:30 p.m., with both games broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The winners will face off for the Patriot League Championship at the higher seed on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Recaps, box scores and a synopsis of each contest are included below. For more information, visit Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Central
Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals
#5 Army 72 at #4 Bucknell 71
*Kyle Wilson scored nine points in the final three minutes, including a game-winning fadeaway with 12.5 seconds left, to send fifth-seed Army (15-15) to a 72-71 win over fourth-seed Bucknell (16-14) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
*Wilson's surge was part of a game-closing 9-1 run for the Black Knights to rally for the win.
*He scored seven straight points to turn a 70-63 deficit into a 70-70 tie on a three-pointer with 1:03 left.
*Bucknell went ahead by one on a free throw by Brian Fitzpatrick with 35 seconds left before Wilson hit the game-winner on the other end.
*Bucknell had a final chance to win, but Army played solid defense and forced a tough three-pointer by Chris Hass that was off the mark at the buzzer.
*Army's lead in the final seconds was the first for the Black Knights since late in the first half, as Bucknell closed the period with a 19-6 run to lead 39-36 at the break.
*Wilson led the Black Knights with 19 points, while Dylan Cox had 11 and Kevin Ferguson scored 10 points with eight rebounds and five blocks.
*Army forced 17 turnovers to win a game where it was outrebounded 42-27.
*The Black Knights made 29-of-60 shots and 11-of-23 three-pointers in the game.
*Army won consecutive quarterfinal contests for the first time since 2008 and 2009.
*Bucknell fell in the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2010 as the defending champion Bison had made the last three Patriot League Championship games.
*Hass led Bucknell with 18 points, while Cameron Ayers scored 12 and Dom Hoffman added 10.
*Army's win marked the seventh time in eight seasons of the home-site format where at least one road team won in the quarterfinal round.
at #1 Boston University 91
, #9 Lafayette 54
*Top-seed Boston University had a record-setting debut in the Patriot League Tournament with a 91-54 win over ninth-seed Lafayette.
*The 37-point win marks the largest margin in the quarterfinal round, and is only two points off the most all-time.
*BU's 66.1% mark from the field also set a Tournament record, topping Lafayette's 63.6% clip set in the first round against Loyola Maryland on Monday night.
*BU shot 37-of-56 from the field in the game, which also set a school record that topped the mark of 65.4 percent set back on Dec. 10, 1968, against Merrimack.
*The Terriers went on a 10-2 run to build a 27-15 lead with under eight minutes to go in the first half, and led by double digits for the final 26 minutes.
*BU went up 42-27 at the half, and opened the second half with a 14-6 run to break the game open with at least a 20-point lead for the last 15 minutes.
*Maurice Watson Jr. had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Terriers in all three areas.
*D.J. Irving had 17 points while Travis Robinson added 14 for BU.
*The No. 1 seed improved to 18-0 in the quarterfinal round.
*Seth Hinrichs and Bryce Scott led Lafayette with 13 points apiece.
*The Leopards fell in the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2009.
at #2 American 59, #7 Colgate 50
*Second-seed American took control with an 18-0 first-half run and cruised the rest of the way to a 59-50 win over seventh-seed Colgate on Wednesday.
*The Eagles were down 7-6 early before the 18-0 stretch gave them a 24-7 lead as they held Colgate scoreless for nearly 11 minutes.
*The Eagles led 30-15 at the half, and held a lead of at least seven points throughout the second half.
*Colgate did get it down to seven three times in the final two minutes, but the Eagles kept the Raiders from getting any closer.
*The Eagles held Colgate to 19-of-48 from the field and just 3-of-15 from three-point range.
*John Schoof led American with 16 points, while Tony Wroblicky had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
*The Eagles were just under 50% for the game at 21-of-44 and held a 34-27 edge on the boards.
*American improved to 12-1 all-time in the quarterfinal round, with a 12-0 mark as the higher seed and 7-0 at Bender Arena.
*American also moved to 5-0 in the Patriot League Tournament against Colgate.
*Murphy Burnatowski led Colgate with 15 points, while Damon Sherman-Newsome and Austin Tillotson added 10 apiece.
*Colgate fell in the quarterfinal round for the fifth year in a row.
at #3 Holy Cross 54, #6 Lehigh 48
*Third-seed Holy Cross won its first Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal since 2010 by holding off sixth-seed Lehigh 54-48 in Worcester on Wednesday.
*The Crusaders led for the final 30 minutes, but had to hold off Lehigh down the stretch.
*Holy Cross opened the second half with an 11-3 run for a 39-27 lead, but Lehigh would not go away.
*The Mountain Hawks chipped the margin down to eight before scoring six straight points to get within 50-48 on a layup by Mackey McKnight with 58 seconds to go.
*Dave Dudzinski answered on the other end with a jumper in the paint with 38 seconds left, and Malcolm Miller sealed the win at the free throw line with 22 seconds to go.
*Miller led the Crusaders with 19 points while Dudzinski added 12.
*Holy Cross shot just over 40%, but held Lehigh to 20-of-62 from the field and just 3-of-21 from three-point range.
*Holy Cross improved to 6-0 in the Patriot League Tournament against Lehigh as the teams were facing off in the postseason for the first time since 2006.
*McKnight led the Mountain Hawks with 18 points, and also had three assists to finish in second place in Patriot League history with 578 in his career.
*Lehigh fell in the quarterfinal round of the League Tournament for the first time since 2009.