Nov. 26, 2012
Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 11.26.12
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- The calendar is almost ready to turn to December, and as the midway point of the non-League slate nears the eight Patriot League squads are still combining for impressive marks.
The eight teams have a cumulative 25-23 mark for the season, with a 22-12 record against Division I opponents outside of the "Big-Six" conferences. The Patriot League is a combined 20-4 against regional conferences including the America East, CAA, Ivy League, MAAC, NEC and MEAC.
Three more wins against those conferences came over the weekend, including Lehigh's 91-77 at Sacred Heart where senior C.J. McCollum became the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer with 2,228 points. Also, Holy Cross beat New Hampshire 60-50 and Navy topped Delaware State 63-53 on Saturday.
It was almost an even more productive weekend, but buzzer beaters were not on the side of Patriot League squads. Bucknell had a chance to tie Penn State, but a three-pointer was off the mark and the Bison fell 60-57 for their first loss after a 5-0 start. American and Army each lost by three points on the road as final-second attempts were off the mark, with Ella Ellis scoring a career-high 37 points in the Black Knights' 86-83 double overtime defeat at Yale. Navy lost 42-40 to Prairie View on Friday on a last-second layup.
Six teams are in action during the weekday portion of the schedule, which begins with Lafayette at Monmouth on Monday.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Nov. 19-25)
Anaconda Player of the Week
C.J. McCOLLUM, LEHIGH Sr., G, 6-3, 200; Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak
McCollum had a week to remember that culminated with him becoming the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer in Lehigh's 91-77 win at Sacred Heart on Sunday. McCollum needed 22 points coming into the contest, and scored 26 while breaking the record with a pull-up jumper with 12:53 left in the second half. McCollum is now up to 2,228 career points, topping the previous mark of 2,224 set by Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (1991-95). The senior guard reached the milestone quickly this season as he is third in the country with 25.7 points per game for the year. He averaged 27.3 points in three Lehigh victories last week while shooting 52% (28-of-54) from the field and 65% (11-of-17) from three-point range. McCollum put up 35 points in an 82-67 win over Fairfield on Monday, which included a highlight reel dunk that was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's top 10 plays. He followed that up with 21 points in a 73-66 win over Penn on Tuesday as Lehigh opened its home schedule with a pair of victories. McCollum also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the week. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the second time this year and 14th in his illustrious career, six ahead of any other player in League history.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
KYLE WILSON, ARMY Fr., G, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson earns his second consecutive Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award after a pair of double-figure scoring games in two contests for the Black Knights. He scored 13 points on 6-of-12 from the field in a 67-59 win at St. Francis (NY) on Tuesday and totaled 10 points in an 86-83 double overtime loss against Yale on Saturday. He was Army's second-leading scorer in each game and has scored in double digits in four of his first five collegiate games. Wilson leads all Patriot League freshmen and is 10th overall in the League with 13.4 points per game for the year.
ELLA ELLIS, ARMY Sr., F, 6-7, 195; Houston Texas/Eisenhower (USMAPS)
Ellis scored a career-high 37 points in Army's 86-83 double overtime loss at Yale on Saturday, and averaged 26.0 points as the Black Knights split a pair of games last week.
DAVE DUDZINSKI, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, 6-9, 227; Elburn, Ill./Kaneland
Dudzinski had 19 points and eight rebounds in a 60-50 win over New Hampshire on Saturday and averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*Lehigh's C.J. McCollum became the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer on Sunday at Sacred Heart.
*McCollum is up to 2,228 points, breaking the mark of 2,224 set by Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (1991-95).
*McCollum is third in the nation with 25.7 points per game for the year.
*Patriot League teams are 25-23 overall, and 22-12 against DI teams outside of the BCS leagues.
*The Patriot League is a combined 20-4 against regional conferences including the America East, CAA, Ivy League, MAAC, NEC and MEAC.
*Patriot League teams are a combined 11-4 at home, and every team has already won at home at least once.
*Bucknell's Mike Muscala is five points and 18 rebounds away from becoming the second Patriot Leaguer in the 1,500-point/800-rebound club.
*Muscala is 10th in the nation with 11.2 rebounds per game.
*McCollum won his 14th career Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award on Monday.
*Army's Kyle Wilson was named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the second straight time.
*Four Patriot League teams are in the top 35 in the nation in FT percentage.
*Three are in the top 15 in Division I in 3-PT FG%.
Patriot League Notebook
Lehigh's McCollum Sets Patriot League Scoring Record
Lehigh's C.J. McCollum became the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer on Sunday as he put up 26 points against Sacred Heart to reach 2,228 for his career. He topped the previous mark of 2,224 set by Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (1991-95), and has the better part of his senior season remaining to put the mark at a very tough spot to reach. McCollum is third in the country with 25.7 points per game for the season, and averaged 27.3 in three games last week to earn his 14th career Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award. He already has games of 36 and 35 points this season. McCollum has 96 career double-figure scoring games, which is also a Patriot League record. McCollum is a candidate for both the Wooden Award and Naismith Award and 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.
Winning Against Regional Foes
Patriot League teams have done a solid job in overall non-League play with a 25-23 record, and it's even more impressive against teams outside of the "Big-Six" conferences. Patriot League squads are 22-12 against Division I foes outside of those top conferences, and a staggering 20-4 against regional conferences including the America East, CAA, Ivy League, MAAC, NEC and MEAC. The latter mark included three wins over the weekend, with 11 games against foes from the conferences this week.
Patriot League teams are 11-4 on their home courts this season, and every squad has already won at least once at home. Holy Cross and Lehigh are both 2-0 at home while Bucknell, Army and Colgate have each won their only appearance on their home court. There will be few chances to add to the mark this week with only five of 15 games coming up at home.
Muscala About to Place His Name Next to Patriot League Great
Bucknell's Mike Muscala is poised to go down as one of the top players in Patriot League history, and he has the statistics to prove it. Muscala is only five points and 18 rebounds shy of the 1,500-point, 800-rebound club, a mark which has only been achieved in Patriot League history by Colgate's Adonal Foyle (1994-97). Muscala is up to fifth in League history in rebounds with 782, and his 1,495 points stand 25th all-time. Muscala is fourth in the Patriot League with 16.0 points per game while leading the way and placing 10th in the nation with 11.2 rebounds per contest.
Army's Ellis Not to Be Forgotten
While McCollum and Muscala have garnered most of the headlines in their careers, they are not the only standout seniors in the Patriot League. Army's Ella Ellis sent another reminder of that fact by putting up a career-high 37 points in Army's 86-83 double overtime loss against Yale on Saturday. Ellis had 16 of Army's 17 overtime points, and finished with the highest-scoring game for a Black Knight player against a Division I opponent since Mark Lueking scored 43 against Bucknell on March 4, 1995. Ellis averaged 26.0 points last week while making 13-of-27 shots (48.1%) and 20-of-23 at the line (87.0%) in Army's two games. He is up to 20th in school history with 1,136 points, and tied for sixth with 133 three-pointers.
Patriot League Teams Shooting the Lights Out
Patriot League teams are once again putting up high shooting percentages from the free throw and three-point lines. Holy Cross (79.2) is eighth in the country in free throw shooting, while Lafayette (76.5), Bucknell (76.4) and Lehigh (76.1) each rank in the top 35 in the nation. The Mountain Hawks stand eighth in the nation with a 44.0 three-point percentage, with Colgate coming in 10th (43.8) and American 12th (43.1) in the country. Four Patriot League teams were in the final top 25 nationally in three-point shooting last year, while Bucknell and Lehigh were each in the top five in free-throw percentage.
Bad End of Buzzer Beaters
Three Patriot League teams recorded a win over the weekend, but it could have been much more if not for close losses for a quartet of squads. Bucknell had a chance to tie Penn State on Friday, but a three-pointer was off the mark and the Bison fell 60-57 for their first loss after a 5-0 start. American and Army each lost by three points on the road Saturday as final-second attempts were off the mark. Navy lost 42-40 to Prairie View on Friday on a last-second layup. Patriot League teams are 3-5 this season in games decided by three points or less, with all of the wins coming by Holy Cross.
AMERICAN Florida Atlantic scored the last six points of the game in the final minute, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 14 seconds, to knock off American by a 58-55 final on Saturday...Daniel Munoz missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer as the Eagles fell...Stephen Lumpkins led the way with 17 points, while Tony Wroblicky scored 14 and John Schoof added 12...American dropped both of its contests last week, also falling to San Francisco 67-53 at home on Monday...The Eagles were within two points at the half before the Dons pulled away with a 16-5 run out of the locker room in the second half...Munoz led the Eagles with 16 points, while Stephen Lumpkins scored 13...Lumpkins is averaging 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds and shooting a Patriot League-best 60% from the field this season...American heads back on the road Wednesday when it visits St. Joseph's.
ARMY Despite a career-high 37 points from senior Ella Ellis, Army suffered a tough loss as Yale held off the Black Knights 86-83 in double overtime on Saturday...It was a back-and-forth game throughout, with Army coming back from a five-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation to tie the score on a pair of free throws by Andrew Stire with 23 seconds to play in the game...Ellis hit a pair at the line with 38 seconds left in the first overtime to send it to a second extra session...Yale went ahead for good on a three-pointer with 32 seconds left in the second overtime, and Josh Herbeck missed a three at the buzzer that would have sent the game to another overtime session...Ellis had 16 of Army's 17 overtime points, and finished with the highest-scoring game for a Black Knight player against a Division I opponent since Mark Lueking scored 43 against Bucknell on March 4, 1995...Ellis also led the way with 15 points in a 67-59 win at St. Francis (NY) on Tuesday...The Black Knights turned a one-point lead into a comfortable 12-point margin with a 12-1 second-half run that spanned nearly six minutes...Ellis averaged 26.0 points for the week while making 13-of-27 shots (48.1%) and 20-of-23 at the line (87.0%)...He is up to 20th in school history with 1,136 points, and tied for sixth with 133 three-pointers...Army has the weekdays off before returning to action at Bryant on Saturday.
BUCKNELL The Bison suffered their first loss of the year on Friday as Penn State pulled out a 60-57 victory at home...Bucknell was 5-0 for the first time since 2005-06, and going for its first 6-0 start since 1983-84... Bucknell held an eight-point advantage early and six at the half, but saw Penn State fight back and go ahead by seven with three minutes to play...The Bison got to within two at 59-57 on a three-pointer by Cameron Ayers with nine seconds to play...Bucknell had a chance to tie in the waning seconds after Penn State made 1-of-2 at the line, but Ayers could not hit another three as the Bison were dealt their first loss...Bryson Johnson led the way with 18 points, while Ayers had 14 and Mike Muscala finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks...Muscala is just five points and 18 rebounds shy of the 1,500-point, 800-rebound club, which consists of only Colgate's Adonal Foyle (1994-97) in Patriot League history...Bucknell plays host to Dartmouth on Tuesday.
COLGATE Colgate had a difficult task as it fell 87-51 at No. 6 Syracuse on Sunday...The Raiders stayed within single digits for the first 14 minutes before the Orange pulled away. John Brandenburg, Murphy Burnatowski and Pat Moore shared team honors with eight points apiece...The Raiders split a pair of road games last week after beating St. Francis (PA) 85-76 on Wednesday...After Colgate took a double-digit lead early in the second half, St. Franics (PA) rallied and the score was tied at 72-72 with under three minutes to play...Damon Sherman-Newsome hit a three-pointer with 2:29 left to put the Raiders ahead for good, and Moore delivered the dagger when his three-pointer with 33 seconds to go made it 80-74 as part of Colgate's 13-4 game-closing run...Moore led all scorers with 25 points, while Burnatowski had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Sherman-Newsome scored 12 as well and Brandon James added 10...Burnatowski (16.1 ppg) and Moore (16.0 ppg) are third and fourth, respectively, in scoring in the Patriot League...They have also helped Colgate rank second in the League and 10th in the nation by making 43.8% of its three-point attempts.
HOLY CROSS The Crusaders continued a solid start to the season with a 60-50 win at home against New Hampshire on Saturday... Holy Cross got 19 points and eight rebounds from Dave Dudzinski in the win...The Crusaders trailed 42-41 with 10:44 to go before scoring seven straight points and led by at least five the rest of the way...Cullen Hamilton added 11 points in the win while Malcolm Miller scored 10...Dudzinski averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 13-of-20 from the field in two games last week...The Crusaders also fell at St. John's 65-53 on Wednesday...Holy Cross made 26-of-28 free throws in the two games last week...The Crusaders are eighth in the nation with a 79.2 FT% for the year, while Justin Burrell stands 28th in Division I with a 93.8% mark at the line...Holy Cross is back in action on Tuesday at Providence on Cox Sports...The Crusaders play their next three games on the road, and have six of seven away from home before the New Year.
LAFAYETTE The Leopards suffered their fourth straight loss as Princeton came away with a 72-53 victory in Easton on Saturday... Princeton jumped ahead of Lafayette 19-4 less than eight minutes into the contest on its way to the 19-point win...Dan Trist and Tony Johnson led Lafayette with 10 points apiece...Lafayette also dropped an 83-74 final at Maryland on Tuesday....Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards with 20 points while making 6-of-11 three-pointers, while Joey Ptasinski had 14 points, Johnson scored 13 and Levi Giese added 12...Lafayette is back in action on Monday at Monmouth, then hosts Delaware on Wednesday.
LEHIGH Senior guard C.J. McCollum became the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer with 26 points in a 91-77 victory at Sacred Heart on Sunday... McCollum is now up to 2,228 career points, topping the previous mark of 2,224 set by Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (1991-95)...He broke the nearly 20-year old record with a pull-up jumper with 12:53 left in the second half...The record-breaking day came in a blowout win for the Mountain Hawks, who were up by as many as 30 points early in the second half before settling on the 91-77 win...Gabe Knutson added 18 points in the win, while Holden Greiner had 17 and Stefan Cvrklaj scored 14...Lehigh made 32-of-63 shots and 12-of-22 from beyond the arc, with McCollum going 8-of-14 in the game and making 5-of-7 three-pointers. Lehigh won for the third time in as many games this week...The Mountain Hawks also beat Fairfield 82-67 on Monday and Penn 73-66 on Tuesday at home as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off...McCollum had 35 in the win over the Stags, with a highlight reel dunk featured on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10...He added 21 in the win over the Quakers...McCollum averaged 27.3 points while shooting 52% from the field (28-of-54), 65% from three-point range (11-of-17) and 75% at the line (15-of-20) in the three games last week to earn the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award for the 14th time in his career and second this season...He stands third in the nation with 25.7 points per game for the year and is making 54.8% of his shots from beyond the arc...Lehigh is right back in action and heads back to the state of Connecticut on Tuesday to play Quinnipiac...The Mountain Hawks have won their last eight games against opponents from the Northeast Conference...Lehigh also hosts Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday as Head Coach Brett Reed is just two wins away from 100 for his career.
NAVY After a pair of heartbreaking two-point losses, Navy got back in the win column with a 63-53 triumph over Delaware State at the South Padre Island Invitaitonal on Saturday... The Mids led 24-8 just over 13 minutes into the contest and went up by as many as 24 points in the second half before settling on the 10-point win...Brandon Venturini led the way with 14 points while Tilman Dunbar scored 11 as Navy limited Delaware State to 6-of-26 from three-point range...The win came in the consolation round after Navy was beaten at the buzzer in a 42-40 loss against Prairie View in the opener on Friday... Navy led by 12 points early in the second half before the Panthers rallied to take a 40-39 lead with 2:25 left...Venturini made a free throw tie the score at 40-40 with four seconds to play, but missed the second to lead to a game-winning layup for the Panthers...Navy shot under 30 percent overall and from three-point range as Venturini led the way with seven points...Venturini had a chance at the buzzer against TCU on Tuesday, but his three-pointer was off the mark as the Mids fell 47-45 on the road...Worth Smith led Navy with 14 points, while Venturini added 12 and Dunbar had 10 with six assists...Three of Navy's four losses this season are by two points or in overtime...Dunbar leads Navy in points (10.6) and assists (5.1) per game and has five double-figure scoring outings in his first seven collegiate games...Navy hosts IPFW on Wednesday in the first of a home-and-home series between the schools this season.