Nov. 16, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Defense was dominant for Patriot League men's basketball teams on Saturday, as Loyola Maryland, Bucknell and Navy all held their opponents down in victories.
The Greyhounds got to 3-0 with a 59-52 win at home against former conference foe Fairfield, while the Bison and the Mids each won convincingly. Bucknell knocked off St. Francis (Pa.) 72-50 in its season debut at Sojka Pavilion, while Navy went on the road and defeated Binghamton 68-50.
Even the one losing team had a strong defensive outing, as Colgate held No. 7/9 Syracuse under 70 points in a 69-50 loss to the Orange.
The weekend slate wraps up on Sunday with Boston University at No. 19/20 Connecticut (ESPNU, Noon) and Lehigh at Houston (ESPN3, 2 p.m.).
Recaps, box scores and notes on each of Saturday's games are included below.
at Loyola Maryland 59, Fairfield 52
*After falling behind 41-40, Loyola locked down defensively the rest of the way in a 59-52 win over Fairfield.
*Dylon Cormier had five straight points to give the Greyhounds a 45-41 edge, and Tyler Hubbard helped put the game away when his three-pointer made it 50-44 with 1:56 to play.
*Cormier led Loyola with 20 points, his third straight 20-point game to open the season.
*Loyola forced 20 turnovers while only committing seven of its own to overcome a 48-23 rebounding deficit.
at Bucknell 72, St. Francis (Pa.) 50
*The Bison opened their home schedule in style with a 72-50 win over St. Francis (Pa.)
*Bucknell never trailed, and blew the game open early with a 41-25 edge in the first half.
*Cameron Ayers led the Bison with 16 points while making all four of his three-point attempts, while Chris Hass added 10.
*Bucknell made 32-of-58 shots and 8-of-17 three-pointers to win a game where it did not attempt a free throw.
*The Bison limited the Red Flash to 19-of-58 shooting and had a 39-23 rebounding advantage.
at Binghamton 50
*Navy opened with an 8-0 lead and stayed ahead the whole way in its 68-50 win at Binghamton.
*The Mids limited Binghamton to 13-of-46 shooting and 2-of-19 from three-point range, and had a 40-31 rebounding advantage.
*Tilman Dunbar led Navy with 17 points, while Will Kelly (12), Kendall Knorr (11) and Brandon Venturini (10) finished in double figures.
*Navy held a second-straight opponent to 50 points or less.
at No. 7/9 Syracuse 69, Colgate 50
*Colgate hung tough against a top-10 team, but ultimately fell at No. 7/9 Syracuse 69-50 on Saturday.
*The Raiders led 18-17 before Syracuse took control with 12 straight points in the first half.
*Ethan Jacobs led the Raiders with 13 points as Colgate hit 11-of-28 three-pointers in the contest.
*It was the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Raiders held the Orange to under 70 points, and the closest contest between the schools since 2004-05.