Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 11.11.13

Loyola's Dylon Cormier

Nov. 11, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Welcome to the Patriot League, Loyola Maryland and Boston University. The Greyhounds are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2005 while the Terriers won their season opener for the first time since 2007 over the weekend.

Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Nov. 9-11)
Anaconda Player of the Week
DYLON CORMIER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., G, 6-3, 184; Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons
Cormier helped make Loyola's start to the Patriot League era a memorable one as he scored a career-high 31 points in a 79-74 win at Binghamton on Friday and then topped it two days later with 34 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double in a 93-89 overtime win at Cornell. Cormier averaged 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals as Loyola opened the season with two wins for the first time since 2005. It is the first time in school history that a player has opened the season with consecutive 30-point performances. He played a key role down the stretch in both contests, scoring 21 points in the second half at Binghamton and 22 after intermission at Cornell as the Greyhounds pulled out a pair of close wins. Cormier is named Patriot League Anaconda Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the first time.

Anaconda Rookie of the Week
AUSTIN PRICE, LEHIGH Fr., G, 6-3, 175; Farmington Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day School
Price got his collegiate career off to a strong start by scoring 15 points in Lehigh's 81-62 loss at Minnesota on Friday. He made 5-of-11 shots and 3-of-8 from long range in the contest while also adding three steals, two rebounds, an assist and a block. Price earns his first Patriot League Anaconda Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week award.

Honorable Mention
MAURICE WATSON JR., BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., G, 5-10, 165; Philadelphia, Pa./Boys' Latin
Watson had 16 points, five assists and four rebounds as the Terriers pulled out a 72-69 win over Northeastern on Sunday.

DAVE DUDZINSKI, HOLY CROSS Sr., F, 6-9, 227; Elburn, Ill./Kaneland
Dudzinski scored 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting and had six rebounds and three steals in an 82-72 loss to Harvard Sunday.

STEVEN KASPAR, BUCKNELL Jr., G, 6-2, 192; Lakeland, Tenn./Evangelical Christian
Kaspar totaled 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Bucknell was edged 72-68 by Stanford on Friday.

KYLE WILSON, ARMY So., F, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson averaged 15.0 points in two games last week, pouring in 20 in an 84-69 win against The Citadel on Saturday.

AUSTIN TILLOTSON, COLGATE So., G, 6-0, 175; York, Pa./Eastern York
Tillotson had 14 points and nine assists with just one turnover in his Colgate debut, an 89-78 loss to Wake Forest Friday.

Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*Loyola Maryland is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2005 after notching a pair of road victories.
*Boston University won its season opener for the first time since 2007 by defeating Northeastern 72-69 on Sunday.
*Army also got in the win column, topping The Citadel 84-69 on Saturday at the All-Military Classic.
*Loyola's Dylon Cormier averaged 32.5 points in two games and was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week.
*Cormier is the first Greyhound player with consecutive 30-point games to start a season.
*Nine Patriot League teams play their home opener this week, beginning with Lehigh and Lafayette on Tuesday.
*Every home game this season, except those on CBS Sports Network, will be shown on Patriot League Network.
*Three Patriot League teams play top-25 opponents over the weekend.
*Colgate's Austin Tillotson (14 pts., 9 assists) and American's Darius Gardner (14 pts., 6 assists) had impressive debuts.
*Army's Tanner Omlid (18 points) and Lehigh's Austin Price (15 points) had strong starts to their collegiate careers.
*Army had a school and Patriot League record 44 three-point attempts in its loss to Air Force.

Patriot League Notebook
Opening the Patriot League Era Off Right
Welcome to the Patriot League, Loyola Maryland and Boston University. The Greyhounds are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2005, making G.G. Smith the first head coach to win his first two games at the reigns of the program since the late Skip Prosser did so in 1993-1994. Loyola won both games on the road, holding off Binghamton 79-74 on Friday and Cornell 93-89 in overtime on Sunday. Boston University won its season opener for the first time since 2007 as it finished with a 10-2 run to take down Northeastern 72-69 on Sunday at TD Garden. Both teams play their home openers next, with the Terriers welcoming UMass Lowell on Wednesday and the Greyhounds facing former MAAC foe Fairfield on Saturday evening.

Cormier Makes His Case as the Next Patriot League Star
With four-year stars CJ McCollum and Mike Muscala departed, there is an opening for the next star player to emerge in the Patriot League. Loyola's Dylon Cormier showed he will be part of that conversation over the weekend, as the preseason All-Patriot League selection averaged 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals in two wins for the Greyhounds. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Binghamton on Friday, and topped it with 34 and 11 rebounds for his first double-double in Sunday's win at Cornell. Cormier became the first Greyhound to start the season with consecutive 30-point games, and the first since 2005-06 to score 30 in three straight contests at any point in the season. Cormier won the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award on Monday for his performance.

Home Sweet Home
After a weekend where every team played on a road or neutral court, the home openers begin en masse in the Patriot League this week. Lehigh and Lafayette start it off on Tuesday, while Boston University, Holy Cross and Navy play home openers on Wednesday. American has its home opener on Thursday, Army plays at Christl Arena on Friday and Loyola Maryland and Bucknell each begin their home schedules on Saturday. The only team that still has to wait after this week is Colgate, which plays its home opener against Cornell on Nov. 20.

Every Patriot league Home Game to be Broadcast in 2013-14
With home games coming up, it also means that men's basketball will make its debut on Patriot League Network. All home games, both in non-League and Patriot League play, will be streamed live for free on PLN with the exception of the games scheduled for broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Ranked Foes on the Slate This Weekend
There were plenty of challenging road contests on the opening weekend, but none came against ranked opponents. That will change for the upcoming weekend as three Patriot League teams visit top 25 foes. It starts on Friday when Holy Cross goes to No. 11/12 North Carolina at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. The next day Colgate makes the trip to No. 7/9 Syracuse at 4:30 p.m., while on Sunday Boston University plays at No. 19/20 Connecticut at Noon on ESPNU. There are other games against high-major opponents when Bucknell visits Penn State on Wednesday and Lehigh goes to Houston on Sunday at 2 p.m on ESPN3.

Boston University Opens Patriot League Era as Preseason Favorite
Boston University picked up all 18 available first-place selections to start its Patriot League tenure as the unanimous preseason favorite from opposing coaches and sports information directors. The Terriers totaled 162 points to come in front of second-place Lafayette, which totaled 130 points and two first-place votes. Army (115), Bucknell (113) and Loyola University Maryland (109) were all closely grouped in the next three spots, and followed in order by Lehigh (93), Holy Cross (70), Colgate (49), American (36) and Navy (23).

BU's Irving Named Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year
Boston University enters the Patriot League with the Preseason Player of the Year, as senior guard DJ Irving was given the honor by poll voters. Irving was joined on the senior-laden Preseason All-Patriot League Team by Bucknell guard Cameron Ayers, Loyola Maryland guard Dylon Cormier, Lehigh guard Mackey McKnight and Holy Cross forward Dave Dudzinski.

15 Patriot League Contests to Be Shown On CBS Sports Network
The Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship will be televised on CBS Sports Network for the third year in a row on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., while CBSSN will also air both semifinal games of the Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 8 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. The postseason contests are part of a 15-game schedule of Patriot League men's basketball on CBS Sports Network in 2014.

Boston University, Loyola Maryland Join in 2013-14
Boston University and Loyola University Maryland enter the Patriot League for their first season in 2013-14. It is the first time in more than a decade that the League's make-up changed, dating back to American's entrance in the 2001-02 season. With the Terriers and Greyhounds joing the group, the Patriot League schedule will remain a double round-robin with each team playing 18 League games. The Patriot League schedule begins on Jan. 2.

2013 Patriot League Tournament
The 2013 Patriot League Tournament features an expanded field with all 10 schools included. The League tourney begins with the first round on Monday, March 3 followed by the quarterfinals two days later. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, March 8 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., with the Patriot League Championship held on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Five All-Patriot League Players Back in 2013-14
Five players who earned All-Patriot League status last season return to the floor in 2013-14. Bucknell senior guard Cameron Ayers was a first-team All-League selection, while Colgate senior forward Murphy Burnatowski, Holy Cross senior forward Dave Dudzinski, Lafayette junior guard Seth Hinrichs and Lehigh senior guard Mackey McKnight all made the second team.Four incoming Patriot Leaguers also earned recognition from their conferences, as Boston University's D.J. Irving was on the first team while Maurice Watson Jr. and Dom Morris were on the third team in the America East and Loyola Maryland's Dylon Cormier was a first-team pick in the MAAC.

Patriot Leaguers Come From All Over Country, World
The rosters for men's basketball teams feature players from 31 different states and the District of Columbia, with a League-high 16 student-athletes from Pennsylvania. In addition to the diversity within the USA, rosters include 11 players from foreign countries. That list features four Canadians, two Australians and one from Spain, England, Serbia, Nigeria and Greece.

Team Notebooks
AMERICAN The Eagles led most of the way before giving up a late run and falling 63-60 at George Mason on Friday... American led George Mason 57-52 with four minutes left before the Patriots scored 11 straight to earn the win...Darius Gardner had 14 points and six assists without a turnover in his Eagles' debut...Jesse Reed led the team with a career-high 15 points, while also setting a personal standard in field goals (five), three-pointers (three) and steals(three)...The Eagles will try to give Head Coach Mike Brennan his first win when they open the home schedule on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against UMBC on Patriot League Network...It is one of just three non-League home games for the Eagles, who follow it with a four-game road trip.

ARMY The Black Knights split their contests at the All-Military Classic, losing to Air Force 79-68 on Friday before topping The Citadel 84-69 on Saturday...Army fired 75 three-point attempts in the two games, including a Patriot League record 44 in the loss to Air Force...Kyle Wilson averaged 15.0 points in the two contests, with his eighth-career 20-point game in the win over The Citadel...In addition to Wilson with 20 points, 10 other players scored five or more in the victory...Army jumped out to a 49-36 lead at halftime and cruised to the 15-point win..Freshman Tanner Omlid began his collegiate career with 18 points in the loss to Air Force...Army plays its home opener on Friday at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network when the Black Knights welcome NJIT.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY The Terriers opened their season with a win for the first time since 2007 as they rallied late to top Northeastern 72-69 on Sunday... Boston University closed on a 10-2 run to earn the win...John Papale hit a three-pointer followed by three free throws to turn a 67-62 deficit into a 68-67 lead...Maurice Watson Jr. pushed it to 70-67 on a layup with 45 seconds left, and DJ Irving hit a pair of free throws to help seal the win in the final seconds...Watson Jr. led the way with 16 points as well as five assists and four rebounds...BU hit 18-of-20 free throws and had just 10 turnovers while forcing 17 by Northeastern...Cedric Hankerson began his collegiate career with eight points, all in the first half to give the Terriers a six-point lead at the break...Boston University played at TD Garden for the first time in program history and at the official home of the Celtics for the first time since upsetting Maryland in 1990 at the old Boston Garden... BU hosts UMass Lowell for the first time since 1985 to open its home schedule on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network...The Terriers next visit No. 19/20 Connecticut on Sunday at Noon on ESPNU.

BUCKNELL The Bison went on the road and played a Pac-12 team to the wire before falling 72-68 to Stanford on Friday... Bucknell was within two points in the final minute at Stanford, but the Cardinal held on for the win...Four Bison scored in double figures, with Steven Kaspar notching 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to set career highs in all three categories...Kaspar either scored or set up 13 of Bucknell's last 15 points...Ben Brackney, Brian Fitzpatrick and Dom Hoffman all made their first career starts on opening night ...Brackney led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds (both career highs) ...Cameron Ayers chipped in 11 points, five boards and three assists, and Fitzpatrick also reached double figures with a career-high-tying 10 points ...Eleven different players saw action in the first 14 minutes, and 10 scored in the game...Bucknell has another road test at Penn State on Wednesday, then returns to Sojka Pavilion to welcome St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

COLGATE The Raiders led Atlantic Coast Conference foe Wake Forest by eight points in the second half before falling 89-78 in the season opener on Friday... Six Raiders scored in double figures, led by Pat Moore with 17 and Austin Tillotson with 14 and nine assists in his Colgate debut...Ethan Jacobs also had a solid Colgate debut with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Murphy Burnatowski (13), Damon Sherman-Newsome (12) and Luke Roh (11) also scored in double figures...Colgate plays another ACC opponent when it makes the short trip to No. 7/9 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon...The Raiders do not open their home schedule until Nov. 20 when they welcome Cornell.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders hung tough against a good Harvard team, but faltered late and fell 82-72 to the Crimson at TD Garden on Sunday...Holy Cross led 61-60 with 5:49 left, but Harvard scored the next seven points and Holy Cross would not get closer than four again...Dave Dudzinski led the way with 25 points, making 9-of-14 shots, and also pulled down six rebounds and had three steals...Dudzinski led the team in both scoring and rebounding last season and is a preseason All-Patriot League selection...The Crusaders open their home schedule against Sacred Heart on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network...Holy Cross then continues to navigate a daunting non-League schedule when it visits No. 11/12 North Carolina on Friday...The game will tip off at 8 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU.

LAFAYETTE The Leopards led Villanova into the second half before the Wildcats came away with a 75-59 victory on Friday evening...Lafayette led by as many as six points after intermission... Seth Hinrichs led Lafayette with 15 points as the Leopards hit 11-of-24 shots from long range...He made 4-of-8 three-pointers to boost his career percentage to 46.0 from long range, the top mark in the Patriot League record book...Nick Lindner had eight points and seven assists, the most by a rookie in a season opener in Head Coach Fran O'Hanlon's 19 seasons...He became the first freshman to start the season at point guard for the Leopards since Tim Bieg in 1997...Lafayette plays its home opener on Tuesday against Robert Morris at 7 p.m., a game that can be seen on Patriot League Network and televised on RCN-4, RCN-8 and WBPH-60 through Lafayette Sports Network.

LEHIGH Lehigh played well in the second half at Minnesota on Friday, but the first-half margin was too much to make up as the Mountain Hawks fell 82-63...After trailing 37-18 at intermission, Lehigh played the Gophers even at 44-44 in the second half... Mackey McKnight led Lehigh with 18 points, while freshman Austin Price scored 15 in his collegiate debut...Jesse Chuku just missed a double-double in his first action as a Mountain Hawk with eight points and 10 rebounds...Lehigh plays its home opener on Tuesday against Rider at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network before a busy weekend that includes a trip to Fordham on Friday and visit to Houston on Sunday afternoon on ESPN3.

LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds posted the fastest start in the Patriot League with a pair of road victories over the weekend...Loyola held off Binghamton 79-74 on Friday night, and fought off Cornell for a 93-89 overtime win on Sunday...Senior guard Dylon Cormier led the way, scoring a career-high 31 points on Friday before topping it with 34 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double on Sunday... Cormier became the first Greyhound player to open the season with consecutive 30-point games, and the first to do it at any point of the year since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006...Loyola is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2005-2006 when the Greyhounds won their first five games...G.G. Smith is the first Loyola head coach to win his first two games in the position since the late Skip Prosser did so in 1993-1994....Jarred Jones had the two most productive offensive games of his young career to start the season as the sophomore had 22 points in the win over Binghamton and 13 in the victory over Cornell, with seven rebounds in each game...Last season, Jones played in 33 games and averaged 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game...Loyola will have to wait until Saturday to take its crack at 3-0 when the Greyhounds host former conference foe Fairfield at 8 p.m. in a matchup that will be televised on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and also available on Patriot League Network.

NAVY The Mids opened the 2013-14 season with a 72-45 loss at Towson on Friday... Sixteen players saw action for the Mids in the contest...Ten scored in the game, led by Kendall Knorr with nine points...Navy is right back in action on Monday with a visit to St. Francis (Pa.) in a contest that will be streamed for free on NEC Front Row...The Mids open their home slate on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Goucher on Patriot League Network...They conclude a busy week with a visit to Binghamton on Saturday.