Colgate's Pat Moore
Nov. 14, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League men's basketball is officially off to a fast start. Colgate, Navy and Holy Cross all won at home on Wednesday to bring the League's cumulative mark to 12-9 almost one week into the season, with a 10-4 record against teams outside of the "Big-Six" conferences.
Colgate topped Marist 74-60 in its home opener, Navy routed Binghmaton 75-52 and Holy Cross won yet another close game by holding off Maine 57-54. The win by the Raiders made the Patriot League one of only a handful of conferences where every team has recorded a win this season, and with Navy's victory as well each squad has knocked off a Division I opponent in less than a week.
Colgate (1-2) got in the win column against Marist behind 25 points and eight rebounds from senior Brandon James. Pat Moore added 15 points while Murphy Burnatowski scored 12 as Colgate led by as many as 19 points in the first half and never let the advantage slip below nine while going on to the 74-60 win.
Tilman Dunbar had 16 points and 11 assists to lead Navy (2-1) to the easy win over Binghamton. The 11 assists tied a school record by a freshman, last accomplished in 1995. Navy closed the first half with a 12-2 run to take a 37-26 lead at the break, then outscored Binghamton 25-7 in the final 10 minutes of the game to pull away for the 75-52 win. Worth Smith added 13 points in the win, while Thurgood Wynn scored 11.
Holy Cross (3-1) won for the third time in four games to start the year, with each victory coming by three points or less. Phil Beans scored a career-high 19 points, and gave Holy Cross the lead for good in its home opener with a steal and layup for a 52-50 advantage with four minutes left. He followed it up with a three-pointer for a 55-50 edge with 3:16 left as the Crusaders went on to the 57-54 win. Jordan Stevens had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Dave Dudzinski just missed one with 10 points and nine boards.
There is another home opener on Thursday as American welcomes Mount St. Mary's at 7:30 p.m.
Recaps, box scores and any additional coverage from Wednesday's games are included below.