Top Three Seeds Win at Home, Army Triumphs Late at Bucknell in Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Malcolm Miller led Holy Cross to its first Patriot League Tournament win since 2010.
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Malcolm Miller led Holy Cross to its first Patriot League Tournament win since 2010.
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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
Box Score
*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
Box Score
*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
Box Score
*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
Box Score
*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.