Patriot League Men's Basketball Weekend Preview - 11.29.13

BU's Maurice Watson Jr.

Nov. 29, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Five of the eight Patriot League men's basketball teams in action this weekend will play at home, and that has been a good spot for League squads this season.

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*Eight Patriot League teams are in action this weekend, with five at home on Patriot League Network.
*Army, Boston University, Lafayette and Bucknell are at home on Saturday, with Lehigh on Sunday.
*Seven of the eight contests are against teams from the America East, MAAC, Northeast Conference or Ivy League.
*Patriot League teams are 17-8 against those four leagues this season.
*Colgate set a school record with 17 three-pointers in a 98-86 win at Tulane on Tuesday.
*Colgate had its highest point total since 2004-05, and top mark against a Division opponent since 2001-02.
*The Raiders will play at Binghamton on Sunday for their first four-game win streak since January 2010.
*Navy has won four of its last five games after a 67-59 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesday.
*Patriot League teams are 11-4 at home, with the Mids leading the way at 3-0.
*Eight League squads have unblemished marks at home, with Colgate (2-0) the only other team at more than 1-0.
*All eight games this weekend are available on free live web streaming.

Patriot League Notebook
Home Sweet Home
Five of the eight Patriot League teams in action this weekend will play at home, and that has been a good spot for League squads this season. Patriot League teams are a combined 11-4 at home this season after Navy won on Tuesday. The schedule has featured only slightly higher than 25% of games at home for League squad, but that will begin to change this weekend. Army hosts Houston Baptist and Boston University welcomes St. Peter's at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with Lafayette hosting Penn and 2 p.m. and Bucknell welcoming Princeton at 7 p.m. Lehigh hosts Sacred Heart at 2 p.m. on Sunday, with all five games available for free on Patriot League Network. Eight squads have unblemished marks at home this season, with Bucknell, Boston University and Lehigh putting their 1-0 records on the line this weekend. Navy (3-0) and Colgate (2-0) have each won multiple home games without a loss.

Regional Rulers
Patriot League teams have fared well against opponents from the Mid-Major conferences in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region. League squads are 17-8 against the America East, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference and Ivy League, and seven of the eight contests this weekend are against teams from those leagues. There are two games against the Ivies, NEC and America East, and one against the MAAC. In addition to the home contests on Patriot League Network, the three road games are also available on free web streaming with Holy Cross at New Hampshire (Saturday, 1 p.m.) and Colgate at Binghamton (Sunday, 2 p.m.) on America East TV and American at St. Francis (Pa.) (Saturday, 2 p.m.) on NEC Front Row.

Colgate on a Roll, Especially From Long Range
Colgate has its first three-game win streak under Head Coach Matt Langel after beating Tulane 98-86 on Tuesday evening. The Raiders made a school record 17 three-pointers and lead the nation in both three-pointers made (13.0) and three-point field-goal percentage (48.9%) while pacing the Patriot League with 77.6 points per game. Colgate goes for its first four-game winning streak since 2010 when it visits Binghamton on Sunday afternoon.

Loyola Suffers First Loss, But Cormier Continues to Shine
Loyola Maryland couldn't put together another comeback on Tuesday, as the Greyhounds hung tough the whole way but fell at No. 13/14 Connecticut 76-66. But Dylon Cormier continued his run, scoring 20 points or more for the fifth-straight game to start the season by finishing with 23 against the Huskies. Cormier already has three 30-point game this season, and stands third in the country with 28.4 points per game.

Holy Cross Sets Another Record
After already setting three Patriot League records early in the season, Holy Cross got into the act on a national level on Sunday. The Crusaders limited Hartford to just one field goal in the first half of an 80-55 win, becoming just the second NCAA team to do that since 1986. The only other instance was in 2008 when Kansas State held Savannah State to only one made shot in the second half. This comes after the Crusaders set Patriot League records for points (122), made free throws (45) and combined points (240) in a four-point double-overtime win against Sacred Heart on Nov. 13.

Dialing Long Distance
Patriot League teams and players are among the national leaders in hitting shots from behind the arc. Colgate leads the nation at 48.9% from beyond the arc, while Bucknell stands fifth at 47.1%. Colgate also has the top mark in Division I with 13.0 three-pointers per game, with Lafayette in the top 25 at 9.0 per contest. Among individuals, Loyola's Eric Laster (64.7%) is fifth in the country from three-point range, while Colgate's Pat Moore (58.6%) and Ethan Jacobs (58.3%) are also on the national leaderboard.

McKnight, Irving Both at 1,000 Points, 400 Assists
Two players from the preseason All-Patriot League Team are on track to finish with numbers among the League all-time leaders in assists. Lehigh's Mackey McKnight recently became the 12th player in Patriot League history with 400 career assists, and surpassed the 1,000-point mark this week. McKnight is now up to 421 all-time assists, just ahead of Boston University senior DJ Irving at 415, though Irving's total before this season will not count towards the Patriot League record book.

15 Patriot League Contests to Be Shown On CBS Sports Network
The Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship will be televised on CBS Sports Network for the third year in a row on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., while CBSSN will also air both semifinal games of the Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 8 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. The postseason contests are part of a 15-game schedule of Patriot League men's basketball on CBS Sports Network in 2014.

Boston University, Loyola Maryland Join in 2013-14
Boston University and Loyola University Maryland enter the Patriot League for their first season in 2013-14. It is the first time in more than a decade that the League's make-up changed, dating back to American's entrance in the 2001-02 season. With the Terriers and Greyhounds joing the group, the Patriot League schedule will remain a double round-robin with each team playing 18 League games. The Patriot League schedule begins on Jan. 2.

2013 Patriot League Tournament
The 2013 Patriot League Tournament features an expanded field with all 10 schools included. The League tourney begins with the first round on Monday, March 3 followed by the quarterfinals two days later. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, March 8 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., with the Patriot League Championship held on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Patriot Leaguers Come From All Over Country, World
The rosters for men's basketball teams feature players from 31 different states and the District of Columbia, with a League-high 16 student-athletes from Pennsylvania. In addition to the diversity within the USA, rosters include 11 players from foreign countries. That list features four Canadians, two Australians and one from Spain, England, Serbia, Nigeria and Greece

Team Notebooks
AMERICAN Columbia opened the game with a 14-4 run and never looked back in a 61-47 win over American on Tuesday...The Eagles were down 13 points at halftime, and never got closer than six behind in the second half...Tony Wroblicky and Darius Gardner scored 15 points apiece and combined to shoot 12-of-19 from the field, but the rest of the Eagles were just 6-of-25...American has dropped the first three contests on its four-game road trip, which wraps up with a visit to St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday.

ARMY The Black Knighs stayed within striking distance most of the way until Notre Dame closed the game with a 27-7 run for a 93-60 win on Sunday...Dylan Cox led Army with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Kevin Ferguson and Larry Toomey each scored 10...Army saw a similar run against it on Nov. 19 against Delaware, with the Blue Hens going on a 23-5 spurt to pull out an 89-74 win at West Point...Ferguson had his first double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Cox and Kyle Wilson also finished with 14 points...Army made just 7-of-46 three-point attempts in the two games...The Black Knights return to action when they host Houston Baptist on Saturday.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY The Terriers posted a 2-1 record against solid competition at the 2K Sports Classic Irvine Subregional over the weekend...After falling to Eastern Washington 80-68 on Friday, the Terriers beat host UC Irvine 74-68 on Saturday and finished the trip with a 72-57 win over LIU Brooklyn on Sunday...BU's 4-2 start is its best record at this point since the 2008-09 season...The Terriers have beaten three teams coming off a postseason bid last year, including an LIU Brooklyn squad that is the three-time Northeast Conference champion...The Terriers went on runs to secure each of their victories...They used a 17-2 spurt against UC Irvine to turn a two-point deficit into a 13-point lead, and held at least an eight-point edge until the final seconds...The Terriers put up a 15-3 run in the first half against LIU Brooklyn to take a 32-19 lead and carried a 37-23 lead into the locker room... LIU Brooklyn briefly cut the lead to seven in the second half, but BU followed with a 7-0 run and was up by double digits the rest of the way...DJ Irving averaged 12.7 points and 3.7 assists for the weekend, with 14.5 points and 5.0 assists in the two victories...The Terriers took some time off after the busy weekend, returning to action when they host St. Peter's on Saturday.

BUCKNELL Bucknell started slow and could not recover in a 69-64 loss at Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday...The Bison were down eight at halftime and 12 early in the second half, and saw Mount St. Mary's score five straight points after the deficit was cut to two in the final minutes...Brian Fitzpatrick led the Bison with a career-high 18 points, while Chris Hass added 10....The Bison completed a three-game road trip with a 1-2 mark, beating Albany 77-64 on Saturday...Bucknell plays just its second game at home on Saturday when it welcomes Princeton.

COLGATE Colgate made 17-of-27 three-pointers, with 11 in the first half alone, in a 98-86 rout at Tulane on Tuesday...The Raiders have won three consecutive games for the first time under third-year Head Coach Matt Langel...It is Colgate's first three-game winning streak since taking four-straight home games from Jan. 2-9, 2010...The 17 made 3-pointers are believed to be a program record for most in a game, and are just one off the Patriot League record...Colgate had its highest point total since 2004-05, and top mark against a Division opponent since 2001-02...It opened the game with a 12-2 lead, went up 53-34 at halftime and put the game away with an 11-2 run after Tulane had closed within 87-81 with three minutes left...Damon Sherman-Newsome led the way with a career-high 25 points, while Murphy Burnatowski and Pat Moore each had 17, Ethan Jacobs scored 15 and Austin Tillotson finished with 10...Each of the wins in Colgate's three-game run has been by double digits, and the Raiders have scored over 80 points in each game...Colgate leads the Patriot League with 77.6 points per game and 17.8 assists per contest, and paces the nation with 13.0 three-pointers per game while ranking second in the country at 48.9% from beyond the arc...Colgate goes for its first four-game win streak since 2010 when it visits Binghamton on Sunday afternoon.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders split a pair of games at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off over the weekend, falling to Belmont 81-70 on Saturday before defeating Hartford 80-55 on Sunday...Holy Cross tied an NCAA record in the win by holding the Hawks to just one field goal in the first half...It was only the second time that had been done since 1986, and first since Kansas State against Savannah State in 2008... Holy Cross jumped out to an 18-1 lead, was up 35-14 at halftime and went ahead by as many as 32 points in the 25-point win...Holy Cross made 27-of-46 field goals while holding Hartford to 15-of-40 shooting, and also held a 35-18 rebounding advantage while forcing 21 turnovers...Eric Green posted a career-high 18 points for Holy Cross, while Dave Dudzinski also had 18 on 8-of-9 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds...Cullen Hamilton led the way with 16 points in the loss to Belmont, while Anthony Thompson and Dave Dudzinski each had 15....Malachi Alexander was named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the second straight time on Monday after averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in three games...Holy Cross returns to action when it visits New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.

LAFAYETTE Yale's Javier Duren hit a 27-foot three-pointer as time expired for a 79-76 win at Lafayette on Tuesday...The Leopards almost forced their third straight overtime, coming back from a 68-58 deficit with 5:37 left to tie the score on Joey Ptasinski's bucket with 3.5 seconds to play...Seth Hinrichs led Lafayette with a career-high 28 points, making 10-of-16 shots and 5-of-7 three-pointers, while freshman Nick Lindner had 18 points and team highs of five assists and five rebounds...Hinrichs stands second in the Patriot League with 21.2 points per game for the season...Lafayette shot over 50% in the game, but allowed Yale to shoot 53% and make 9-of-14 three-pointers..Lafayette has started a season 0-5 for the first time since 2002-03...The Leopards again go for their first win when they host Penn on Saturday afternoon.

LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks split a pair of games in their Legends Classic pod in Brookings, S.D., as they beat Texas Southern 67-63 on Monday before falling to host South Dakota State in the title game of the regional on Tuesday... Lehigh led from start to finish in the 67-63 triumph over Texas Southern...The Mountain Hawks opened with a 6-0 lead and went up 29-17 at halftime...Lehigh saw its lead cut to one with under four minutes to play, but made key shots and free throws down the stretch to hold on to the advantage...Tim Kempton matched his career-high 20 points and had eight rebounds, while Corey Schaefer scored a career-high 16...Lehigh limited Texas Southern to 36.2% shooting and 5-of-22 from long range...The start went the opposite way on Tuesday, as Lehigh fell behind 15-5 early and could not recover in the 74-61 loss at South Dakota State...The Mountain Hawks got as close as three points in the second half, but the Jackrabbits answered with an 11-4 run and pulled away for the win...Mackey McKnight led Lehigh with 21 points, going over 1,000 points in his career in the process...The Mountain Hawks play their second home game of the year when they welcome Sacred Heart on Sunday.

LOYOLA MARYLAND Loyola Maryland hung tough against one of the top teams in the country, but lost its first game in a 76-66 final at No. 13/14 Connecticut on Tuesday...Loyola was within three points early in the second half before the Huskies began to pull away, though the Greyhounds got as close as nine in the final minutes...Dylon Cormier led the Greyhounds with 23 points, his fifth-straight 20-point game to open the year, while Eric Laster scored 12 and R.J. Williams had 10...Loyola has the weekend off before traveling to West Virginia on Monday for a game shown on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

NAVY Kendall Knorr scored a career-high 17 points, including seven in the final 22.5 seconds, to lead Navy past Maryland Eastern Shore 67-59 on Tuesday night...Knorr first hit a three-pointer for a 63-57 lead, then made four free throws down the stretch to seal the win...Navy took a slim 33-32 lead at halftime, and never trailed in the second half as it hung on for the win...Tilman Dunbar added 15 points and seven assists for the Mids, while Worth Smith scored 14...Navy earned its fourth win in its last five games and stayed perfect in Alumni Hall with a 3-0 record...The Mids lead the Patriot League in scoring defense at 59.0 points per game, and have held their opponent to under 60 points in each of their four victories this season...Navy completes its four-game homestand and tries to remain perfect at Alumni Hall when it faces The Citadel on Tuesday.