Patriot League Men's Basketball Recap - 11.27.11

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Bucknell's Cameron Ayers was named MVP of the Lewisburg Subregional.
Bucknell's Cameron Ayers was named MVP of the Lewisburg Subregional.

Nov. 27, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. - Bucknell swept through its subregional of the Legends Classic, American claimed its fourth straight win and Navy snapped a four-game losing skid on a strong Sunday for Patriot League men's basketball.

The Bison held off Morehead State 54-50 to claim wins in all three games of their home subregional of the Legends Classic and run their winning streak to five in a row overall. American knocked off Cornell 65-63, while Navy beat Mount St. Mary's 64-56. Holy Cross fell to Maine 72-60.

Cameron Ayers put Bucknell (5-2) ahead for good on a three-pointer with 1:46 to play as the Bison rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit to beat Morehead State 54-50. Ayers, Bryson Johnson and Mike Muscala were perfect at the line in the final minute as the Bison held the lead and closed the game on a 30-16 run. Johnson scored 20 points on 6-of-12 from three-point range, while Ayers had 15 and Muscala finished with 12. Ayers was named Most Valuable Player of the Lewisburg Subregional.

American (4-2) claimed its fourth straight win behind yet another 20-point effort from senior Charles Hinkle. The Eagles saw Cornell rally to take a 38-36 lead with 12:28 left, but American responded with an 18-6 surge to go up 54-44 with 3:51 to play. Hinkle and Daniel Munoz combined to make 10-of-12 free throws in the final minute as the Eagles held on. Hinkle scored 20 points while making 10-of-11 at the line in the game, and has totaled 20 points or more in every game this season.

Navy (3-4) ended a four-game losing streak by opening up a 14-point second-half lead and holding on down the stretch against Mount St. Mary's. Jordan Sugars hit a key three-pointer to bring the lead back to six with 2:34 left as Navy closed on a 7-2 run. Four players scored in double figures, led by J.J. Avila with 19 and Sugars with 15.

Holy Cross (2-4) fell at Maine as the Black Bears closed the game on a 17-6 run for a 72-60 win. Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with a career-high 20 points in the game.

Lehigh returns to action after a week off on Monday as it plays its home opener against Quinnipiac. An updated Patriot League men's basketball release will be posted with the announcement of Anaconda weekly awards during the afternoon.

Links to recaps and box scores from Sunday's games are included below.

at Bucknell 54, Morehead State 50 (Legends Classic)
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American 65 at Cornell 63
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at Navy 64, Mount St. Mary's 56
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at Maine 72, Holy Cross 60
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