Bucknell's Mike Muscala was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week on Monday.
Nov. 19, 2012
Lehigh will play on each of the next two nights as the Mountain Hawks host a subregional of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Lehigh has a pair of challenging games as it takes on Fairfield on Monday and Penn on Tuesday, as both games tip off at 8:30 p.m. The Mountain Hawks are the last Patriot League team to open their home slate.
American is the only other Patriot League team with a home game as the Eagles welcome San Francisco on Monday. Patriot League squads are a combined 8-2 at home and all seven teams who have played on their own court have won at least once.
The action continues on Tuesday as Army, Navy and Lafayette hit the road in addition to Lehigh's contest. The Black Knights are at St. Francis (NY), the Mids head to TCU in a game shown on Fox Sports Southwest and the Leopards are at Maryland. On Wednesday, the pre-holiday slate concludes as Colgate visits St. Francis (Pa.) and Holy Cross is at St. John's on SportsNet New York.
Bucknell returns to action on Friday at Penn State when the Bison look for a 6-0 start that would be their best since the 1983-84 season.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Nov. 12-18)
Anaconda Player of the Week
MIKE MUSCALA, BUCKNELL Sr., C, 6-11, 239; Roseville, Minn./Roseville
Muscala is living up to expectations early in the season as he has led Bucknell to its best start since the 2005-06 campaign with a 5-0 record. The Bison won all four of their games last week, and the senior center averaged 18.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 81.5 percent at the line in the victories. Muscala opened the week with a 16-point, 15-rebound performance in a 61-56 win over George Mason on Tuesday. He then won MVP honors of the 2K Sports Classic Niagara Falls Subregional with a strong three-game stretch. Muscala had 18 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in an 88-71 win over host Niagara on Friday, totaled 24 points and nine rebounds with 11-of-19 shooting in a 62-49 victory versus defending WAC champion New Mexico State on Saturday and scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting while playing just 20 minutes in a 69-52 win over West Alabama on Sunday. Muscala is one of only two active players with at least 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 assists in his career. Muscala stands third in the Patriot League with 17.2 points per game and ranks first with 11.0 rebounds per contest. Muscala is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the first time this year and fifth in his career.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
KYLE WILSON, ARMY Fr., G, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson scored 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting to lead Army to an 85-76 win over Binghamton in the home opener at Christl Arena on Friday. He also added four rebounds with a steal and assist in the victory. Wilson came off the bench to score the 25 points in just 28 minutes of action. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the first time.
STEPHEN LUMPKINS, AMERICAN Sr., F, 6-8, 230; Redwood City, Calif./Junipero Serra
Lumpkins averaged 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 82.4 percent (14-of-17) from the field in a pair of wins for the Eagles last week.
PAT MOORE, COLGATE Jr., G, 6-5, 186; Whitesboro, N.Y./Utica Notre Dame
Moore scored a career-high 31 points in an 88-84 win over Coppin State on Sunday and averaged 18.7 points while shooting 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from the field in a 2-1 week for the Raiders.
PHIL BEANS, HOLY CROSS Sr., C, 6-9, 233; Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills
Beans had a career-high 19 points with eight rebounds in a 57-54 win over Maine on Wednesday.
C.J. McCOLLUM, LEHIGH Sr., G, 6-3, 200; Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak
McCollum averaged 18.0 points while shooting 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the floor in a 1-1 week for Lehigh.
TILMAN DUNBAR, NAVY Fr., G, 5-10, 153; Woodbridge, Va./Paul VI Catholic
Dunbar had 16 points and 11 assists in a 75-52 win over Binghamton on Wednesday and averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 assists in a pair of games last week.
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*Patriot League teams are 18-13 overall, and went 13-5 last week.
*That includes an 15-7 mark against DI teams outside of the BCS leagues.
*Bucknell's 5-0 start is its best since the 2005-06 season.
*A win for the Bison over Penn State on Friday would mean a 6-0 start for the first time since 1983-84.
*Patriot League teams are a combined 8-2 at home, and all seven teams who have played on their own court have at least one win.
*Five teams won their home opener from Tuesday-Friday.
*The Patriot League is a combined 11-1 against regional conferences including the America East, CAA, NEC and MEAC.
*Bucknell's Mike Muscala was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week Monday for averaging 18.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in a 4-0 week.
*Muscala stands third in the Patriot League with 17.2 points per game and ranks first with 11.0 rebounds per contest.
*Lehigh will be the last Patriot League team to open its home slate as it welcomes Fairfield Monday and Penn Tuesday as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
*Lehigh's C.J. McCollum is 78 points away from the Patriot League career mark.
*American's Stephen Lumpkins is averaging 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in his return after sitting out the 2011-12 season.
*The Patriot League was one of the first four Division I conferences to have each team record a win over a DI opponent.
Patriot League Notebook
Bucknell Off To Fast Start Behind Muscala
Bucknell has a 5-0 reord that is its best mark since 2005-06, and it's no surprise at who is leading the way. Senior center Mike Muscala averaged 18.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 81.5 percent at the line in four victories last week. He is one of only two active players with at least 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 assists in his career. Muscala stands third in the Patriot League with 17.2 points per game and ranks first with 11.0 rebounds per contest. The Bison already own wins over 2012 NCAA Tournament teams Purdue and New Mexico State, and also knocked off perennial CAA contender George Mason last week. The victory over Purdue was the first for Bucknell over a Big Ten opponent, and third for a Patriot League team. Two of those have come within a calendar year as Lafayette posted a 61-57 win at Penn State on Dec. 7 of last year. The Bison will try to add to the list when they visit Penn State Friday, where a win would make Bucknell 6-0 for the first time since 1983-84.
Five Patriot League teams opened their home schedules last week, and each posted a victory. After Bucknell beat George Mason 61-56 on Tuesday, Colgate topped Marist 74-60 and Holy Cross held off Maine 57-54 on Wednesday in home openers and American knocked off Mount St. Mary's 62-57 on Thursday. Army completed the run with an 85-76 win over Binghamton on Friday. Also, Lafayette beat LIU-Brooklyn 98-94 in overtime on Monday and Navy routed Binghamton 75-52 Wednesday as Patriot League teams were 7-0 at home last week and 8-2 for the season. Lehigh will be the last team to open its home slate when it takes on Fairfield as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday.
What a Week!
Patriot League teams were a sparkling 13-5 last week, with each team recording at least one victory. Bucknell led the way with its 4-0 week by beating George Mason Tuesday and sweeping contests against Niagara, New Mexico State and West Alabama over the weekend. Colgate also won multiple games by knocking off Marist and Coppin State, while American won a pair against Northeast Conference opponents as the Eagles took down Quinnpiac and Mount St. Mary's. Patriot League teams are a combined 18-13 for the year, with a 15-7 mark against Division I teams outside of the "Big-Six" conferences.
American senior Stephen Lumpkins is picking up right where he left off after missing last season while playing professional baseball. Lumpkins averaged 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while making 14-of-17 shots in American's two games last week, and is averaging 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds for the season.
Everyone In the Win Column
Colgate became the last Patriot League team to earn its first win on Wednesday, while that victory coupled with Navy's triumph over Binghamton put the League in elite company early in the year. Heading into the weekend, the Patriot League was one of only four conferences in the nation where every team had a win over a Division I opponent. The only other leagues in that company at the time were the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten and Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Patriot League was one of eight conferences where every team had a win overall, including non-Division I opponents, before Friday.
Lehigh's McCollum Earns Numerous Preseason Accolades
The preseason honors for Lehigh senior guard C.J. McCollum continued to pour in all the way until the final day before the 2012-13 season when he was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award. McCollum added a spot as a Naismith Award candidate on Tuesday. He was a first-team preseason All-America selection from the Associated Press, Sporting News and a panel at ESPN.com. He was also named a fourth-team preseason All-American by CBS Sports and the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year along with a host of other accolades and recognition.
McCollum, Muscala Team Up for Additional Honors
Bucknell senior Mike Muscala was not far behind McCollum in the national awards category, with the players appearing on the same list multiple times. Each player was on the 25-man Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team from College Insider, with the duo comprising two of the 10 Mid-Major players on the list. Both players received Mid-Major All-America honors from NBC Sports (McCollum 1st team, Muscala 2nd) and were ranked among the top 100 in all of college basketball by CBS Sports, with McCollum at No. 17 and Muscala at No. 80. CBS Sports also had at each player as among the best in the country at his position. The website MidMajorMadness.com called McCollum one of the top Mid-Major players in the nation, and listed Muscala as one of five to watch. Both student-athletes were also named Senior CLASS Award candidates along with Lehigh's Gabe Knutson.
AMERICAN The Eagles aim for a 3-1 start when they host San Francisco on Monday evening. American won both of its games last week, including a a 62-57 triumph over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday in its home opener at Bender Arena...Daniel Munoz made a pair of free throws to give American a 59-57 lead with 13 seconds left, and after a turnover he sealed the win with a pair at the line with four seconds to play...Stephen Lumpkins led the way with a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double, making 7-of-8 shots from the field and 7-of-9 at the line...Lumpkins is off to an outstanding start in his return to the court after missing last season while playing professsional baseball...He had 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in a 61-55 victory at Quinnipiac on Monday...Lumpkins stands fourth in the Patriot League with 16.3 points per game, and third with 8.7 rebounds per contest.
ARMY The Black Knights earned a win in their home opener as they topped Binghamton 85-76 on Friday... Army used an 11-1 run late in the first half to build a 39-29 halftime lead, and held a lead of at least eight points throughout the second half...Freshman Kyle Wilson had a breakout game with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while Josh Herbeck added 15 and Ella Ellis scored 12...It was Army's fifth straight non-League home win dating back to last season...Wilson's 25 points came off the bench in 28 minutes of action...Army will go for its third straight victory when it visits St. Francis (NY) on Tuesday.
BUCKNELL The Bison are off to their best start since the 2005-06 season as they swept three games at the 2K Sports Classic Subregional in Niagara Falls, N.Y. over the weekend to improve to 5-0 for the year...Mike Muscala earned MVP honors of the subregional as he continued an outstanding run of play to start the season...Muscala had 18 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as the Bison rallied from a double-digit first-half deficit to pull away for an 88-71 win over host Niagara on Friday...The Bison had six players in double figures for the first time since 2006-07 as Bryson Johnson had 15 points, Joe Willman, Cameron Ayers and Ryan Frazier scored 12 and Steven Kaspar added 11...Muscala followed it up with 24 points and nine rebounds while shooting 11-of-19 from the field in a 62-49 win over defending Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champion New Mexico State on Saturday...He scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting while playing only 20 minutes in a 69-52 rout of Division II West Alabama on Sunday...Muscala had three straight double-doubles to start the year, giving him 27 for his career...He also had a 16-point, 15-rebound performance in Bucknell's 61-56 win over George Mason on Tuesday as the Bison won all four of their games last week...He is one of only two active Division I players with career totals of at least 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 assists, joining Fordham's Chris Gaston in the exclusive club...Bucknell went 4-0 in the 2K Sports Classic, including a 70-65 win at Purdue in the season opener on Nov. 9...The Bison joined "champion" Alabama as the only teams to go undefeated in the event...Bucknell aims for its first 6-0 start since 1983-84 when it visits Penn State on Friday...The Bison are going for their second straight win over a Big Ten opponent after the victory against Purdue, and also trying to give the Patriot League a victory over the Nittany Lions in consecutive years following Lafayette's 61-57 triumph in State College last season.
COLGATE The Raiders split a pair of games at the EA Sports Maui Invitational subregional in Elon, N.C. over the weekend...Colgate fell to host Elon 81-72 on Saturday, then came back with an 88-84 victory over Coppin State on Sunday...Pat Moore had an outstanding day with a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting in the victory... Colgate finished at 56 percent overall (28-of-50) and from the three-point line (14-of-25)...Murphy Burnatowski added 16 points with 10 rebounds for the Raiders, while Brandon James had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Damon Sherman-Newsome scored 13 points in the win... Four players scored in double figures against Elon, as Burnatowski had 18 points, Mitch Rolls and Sherman-Newsome had 13 and Moore scored 10...James led the way with 25 points, while Moore added 15 points and Burnatowski scored 12 in a 74-60 win over Marist at home on Wednesday...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 win...Burnatowski is second in the Patriot League with 18.6 points per game for the year...Colgate returns to action with one more pre-Thanksgiving game at St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday.
HOLY CROSS The Crusaders opened their home slate with another close win as they got a pair of key buckets down the stretch from Phil Beans and beat Maine 57-54 on Wednesday at the Hart Center... Holy Cross won for the third time in four games to start the year, with each victory coming by three points or less...Beans scored a career-high 19 points, and gave Holy Cross the lead for good 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...Holy Cross had previously posted a pair of one-point wins last weekend at the Liberty Tax Classic, where they beat host Old Dominion 46-45 on Nov. 9 and Morgan State 74-73 on Nov. 11...The Crusaders return to action at St. John's on Wednesday...The game will be shown on SportsNet New York at 7:30 p.m.
LAFAYETTE The Leopards began a daunting three-game road trip as part of the Barclays Center Classic with a 101-49 loss at No. 3 Kentucky on Friday and an 88-74 defeat at Morehead State on Sunday...Tony Johnson led the Leopards with 13 points against the Wildcats, while Joey Ptasinski (23) and Bryce Scott (17) each put in career-high scoring efforts against the Eagles...Lafayette trailed Morehead State by just four points before the Eagles closed the game on a 16-6 run...Dan Trist missed both contests after a blistering start in Lafayette's first two games...He had a career-high 30 points on 14-of-18 shooting in a 98-94 overtime win against LIU-Brooklyn on Monday...Seth Hinrichs scored 20 points, Johnson had 16 and Ptasinski added 12 with the quartet of top scorers combining to shoot 29-of-41 from the field...Trist was an outstanding 21-of-25 from the field in Lafayette's first two games...It does not get any easier for Lafayette on Tuesday as it wraps up its road trip with a visit to Maryland.
LEHIGH Lehigh returns to action on Monday evening with its home opener against Fairfield as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off...The Mountain Hawks play again at Stabler Arena on Tuesday against Penn...Both games tip off at 8:30 p.m....Lehigh will be in action for the first time since Tuesday when it fell to Pittsburgh 78-53 in an NIT Season Tip-Off contest...Lehigh was within 35-32 early in the second half before the Panthers blew the game open with a 28-7 stretch...C.J. McCollum led the Mountain Hawks with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting...Lehigh advanced to the matchup with the Panthers by routing Robert Morris 89-60 on Monday...McCollum had 19 points to lead the way as five players scored in double figures...The senior is averaging a Patriot League-best 24.0 points per game, and shot 57.7% (15-26) in the two games last week...McCollum is up to 2,146 career points, within 78 of the Patriot League record.
NAVY The Mids fell 82-63 at UAB in the first game of the South Padre Island Invitational on Sunday...Navy continues play in the tourney this week by visiting TCU on Tuesday and then heading to South Padre Island to play Prairie View on Friday and either Fairleigh Dickinson or Delaware State on Saturday...Tilman Dunbar is enjoying an outstanding start to his collegiate career...He had 16 points and 11 assists to lead Navy to an easy 75-52 win over Binghamton on Wednesday...The 11 assists tied a school record by a freshman, last accomplished in 1995...His 11-to-1 assist-turnover ratio in the game is the fourth-best mark nationally this season...Dunbar had his third-straight double-figure scoring game with 12 points to go with four assists against UAB...He is averaging 12.3 points and 6.8 assists per game for the year, one of 13 players in the country to hit over 12.0 points and 6.5 assists per contest...Navy's win over Binghamton was its 1,300th all-time and the Mids now stand with a 1,300-943 record in their 106th season of basketball...Navy's contest at TCU on Tuesday will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest and tips off at 7 p.m.