Colgate's Austin Tillotson
Dec. 2, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Nine of the 10 Patriot League men's basketball teams will see action in the next three days, beginning with two televised games on Monday.
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*Patriot League teams went a combined 6-2 over the weekend.
*Colgate defeated Binghamton on Sunday for its first four-game win streak since January 2010.
*The Raiders lead the nation in both three-pointers per game (13.3) and three-point field-goal percentage (51.0%).
*Boston University won its third straight with a 66-65 win over St. Peter's on Saturday.
*The Terriers' 5-2 mark is their best since 2004-05, while Colgate's 4-2 record is its top mark since 2007-08.
*Patriot League teams are a combined 23-9 versus the America East, MAAC, Northeast Conference and Ivy League.
*That mark includes perfect records against the America East (10-0) and MAAC (4-0).
*League squads are up to 14-6 at home, and seven of 10 teams have not lost a game on their home court.
*Navy has a 3-0 mark at home, while BU, Colgate and Lehigh are each at 2-0 on their own court.
*Nine Patriot League teams will see action over the next three days, including two games for Loyola.
*Loyola is at West Virginia (MASN, Root Sports Pittsburgh) and BU goes to Quinnipiac (NESN) in televised games Monday.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Nov. 25-Dec. 1)
Anaconda Player of the Week
AUSTIN TILLOTSON, COLGATE So., G, 6-0, 175; York, Pa./Eastern York
Tillotson continues to guide a red-hot Colgate offense, and led the way to two wins last week by averaging 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists while putting on a shooting display in both games. He started with a relatively modest 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting while also adding five rebounds and four assists in a 98-86 win at Tulane on Tuesday. Tillotson followed it up with a perfect shooting game as he went 9-of-9 from the field, 4-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-3 at the foul line in a 93-64 victory at Binghamton on Sunday. Tillotson became just Colgate's fourth player to ever make as many as four three-pointers without a miss. Tillotson is directing a Colgate offense that leads the nation in three-pointers per game and three-point field-goal percentage, and doing his part in a number of areas as he averages 13.5 points and 5.3 assists while leading the Patriot League and ranking in the top 20 in Division I in field-goal percentage (66.0%) and assist/turnover ratio (4.0). Tillotson is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the first time.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
NICK LINDNER, LAFAYETTE Fr., G, 5-10, 161; Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy
Lindner had two strong efforts for the Leopards last week, averaging 15.0 points and 4.5 assists as the team split a pair of close contests. He had a career-high 18 points with five assists and five rebounds in a buzzer-beating 79-76 loss to Yale on Tuesday, then came back with 12 points and four assists in Lafayette's 79-76 win over Penn on Saturday. Lindner made a living at the foul line by hitting 15-of-17 shots (88.2%) from the charity stripe in the two games. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the first time.
SETH HINRICHS, LAFAYETTE Jr., G, 6-7, 218; Clara City, Minn./Maccray
Hinrichs had a pair of career-high efforts, scoring 28 points in both games of a 1-1 week for the Leopards.
NATHAN DIEUDONNE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., F, 6-7, 210; Louisville, Ky./Trinity
Dieudonne had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds to lead BU to a 66-65 win over St. Peter's on Saturday.
DAVE DUDZINSKI, HOLY CROSS Sr., F/C, 6-9, 227; Elburn, Ill./Kaneland
Dudzinski had 17 points and eight rebounds in a 63-52 win at New Hampshire on Saturday.
JESSE CHUKU, LEHIGH So., F, 6-8, 225; London, England/Kimball Union
Chuku had 26 points and 15 rebounds against Sacred Heart, and averaged 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games.
KENDALL KNORR, NAVY So., G, 6-3, 197; Concord, N.C./Concord
Knorr had career highs with 17 points and six assists and added seven rebounds in a 67-59 win over Maryland Eastern Shore.
Patriot League Notebook
Pair of Televised Contests Open the Weekday Schedule
Nine of the 10 Patriot League teams will see action in the next three days, beginning with two televised games on Monday. Loyola Maryland goes to West Virginia (MASN, Root Sports Pittsburgh) while Boston University heads to Quinnipiac (NESN) with both games tipping off at 7 p.m. After a light schedule on Tuesday with Lafayette visiting Wagner, seven teams play on Wednesday when Holy Cross hosts Albany, Navy welcomes The Citadel, American entertains Howard and Loyola plays at home against Catholic in games on Patriot League Network and Army is at Columbia, Lehigh goes to St. Francis (Pa.) and Bucknell heads to Kent State to fill out the slate. Nine Patriot League teams play on Saturday, including four at home on PLN.
Colgate Shoots the Lights out Again For Fourth Straight Win
Colgate sure does not look like a team that averaged 63.5 points per game a year ago. The red-hot Raiders won their fourth in a row with a 93-64 victory at Binghamton on Sunday, marking their first four-game win streak since January 2010. Colgate has scored 90 points or more in consecutive games for the first time since 1995-96, also beating Tulane 98-86 on the road on Tuesday, and has 80 or more in each of its four straight wins. The Raiders are doing it from long range, as they made 32-of-51 three-pointers in the two games last week and now lead the nation in both three-pointers per game (13.3) and three-point field goal percentage (51.0%).
Three Teams Off to Fast Starts
Colgate's four-game win streak has the Raiders at 4-2 for the season, which is their best mark through six games since the 2007-08 season. Boston University's 66-65 nail-biter over St. Peter's on Saturday put the Terriers at 5-2 to mark their best seven-game record since the 2004-05 campaign. Loyola is also off to an impressive start, as its 4-1 record is tied for the second-best five-game mark in its Division I era (since 1981-82), with the Greyhounds holding the record for the third year in a row.
Patriot League teams went 6-2 over the weekend, and all of the wins came against opponents that the League squads are faring well against in 2013-14. American, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh all beat teams from the four regional Mid-Major conferences, and the Patriot League now holds a 23-9 cumulative mark against the America East, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference and Ivy League this season. The Patriot League has multiple wins over six teams from the aforementioned conferences, with three victories over both Binghamton and St. Francis (Pa.)
Home Sweet Home
The weekend slate also included a 3-2 record for Patriot League teams at home, as Lafayette earned its first win of the year with a 79-76 triumph over Penn and Boston University held on for a 66-65 victory over St. Peter's on Saturday before Lehigh routed Sacred Heart 76-64 on Sunday. Patriot League teams are now 14-6 at home for the season, with multiple wins for Navy (3-0), Colgate (2-0), Boston University (2-0) and Lehigh (2-0). Loyola, Holy Cross and American are also perfect at home by winning their only appearance to date, and host games on Wednesday along with the Mids.
Cormier, Hinrichs Filling it Up
The Patriot League has two players scoring at a blistering pace early in the 2013-14 season. Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier has 20 points or more in each of his team's five games to open the season, becoming the first player to do that for the school since the Greyhounds moved to Division I in 1981-82. Cormier's five-game run of 20 points or more is the first for a Loyola player at any point of the season since 2006-07, and has him second in the nation at 28.4 points per game for the year. Lafayette junior Seth Hinrichs did not start quite as fast, but is coming on now with back-to-back career-high 28-point efforts and 20 points or more in his last four games. Hinrichs is up to 22nd in the country with 22.3 points per game.
Doing it with Defense
While offense has been up in college basketball this season, two Patrio League squads are trying to defy their preseason expectations by playing stellar defense. American was picked ninth and Navy 10th in the Patriot League preseason poll, but the teams are showing they can hang tough with defense so far. Both teams are allowing under 60 points per game for the year, with the Mids 12th in the nation (59.0) and the Eagles 16th (59.8) in scoring defense. Navy stands 30th in Division I in field-goal percentage defense (38.0%) while American is at 43rd (38.9%), while the Eagles are 10th in the country at defending the three-pointer (24.0%) with the Mids at 32nd (27.1%).
Dialing Long Distance
Patriot League teams are among the national leaders in hitting shots from behind the arc and at the free throw line. Colgate leads the nation in both three-pointers per game (13.3) and three-point field-goal percentage (51.0%), but there are other Patriot League teams high on the list in both categories. Lafayette (9.5) is eighth in the nation and Army (8.0) 40th in three-pointers, while Bucknell (43.4%) stands 16th with Lafayette (39.6%) and Loyola (39.6%) in the top 50 nationally in percentage from long range. Lafayette (78.6%) and Bucknell (78.0%) are both in the top 10 in Division I at the foul line. Lafayette's Seth Hinrichs leads all active players with a 46.4% mark from long range, while Bucknell's Cameron Ayers, Colgate's Pat Moore and American's John Schoof are each on the League all-time top 10 in three-point percentage.
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 last week. McKnight is now up to 432 all-time assists, just ahead of Boston University senior DJ Irving at 415. Irving's total before this season will not count towards the Patriot League record book.
AMERICAN American led for the final 35 minutes in a dominant 75-43 win at St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday...The Eagles took the lead for good with an 8-0 run that made it 15-8, and led 33-20 at halftime...American pulled away throughout the second half as it held a 42-23 edge on the way to the 32-point win...Jesse Reed led the Eagles with 20 points, while John Schoof scored 18 and Tony Wroblicky had 12...The Eagles made 28-of-53 shots, held a 42-20 rebounding edge and limited St. Francis (Pa.) to 15-of-48 from the field and 3-of-19 from three-point range...It was AU's first 30-point win since a 79-49 decision at Colgate on January 17, 2009...The Eagles salvaged the final contest of a four-game road trip...They also lost at Columbia 61-47 on Tuesday...The Eagles are 16th in the nation in scoring defense (59.8) and 10th in three-point field-goal percentage defense (24.0)...They return home this week when they welcome Howard on Wednesday and Brown on Saturday.
ARMY Houston Baptist converted a three-point play with two seconds left for a 74-72 win in overtime at Army on Saturday, dealing the Black Knights their fourth-straight loss...Kyle Wilson's shot from just inside the half-court stripe glanced off the back of the rim to seal the Huskies' victory...The game featured 15 ties and 13 lead changes, with Army scoring the last four in regulation to tie the game but Houston Baptist putting up the final five in overtime to win...Wilson led the Black Knights with 21 points while Mo Williams and Kevin Ferguson each had 12, but Army shot just 27-of-79 from the field and 9-of-35 from three-point range..Wilson had his third 20-point game of the season...Army tries to get back on track when it visits Columbia on Wednesday and hosts St. Francis (Brooklyn) on Saturday.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY Nathan Dieudonne finished with a career-high 21 points in a 66-65 win over St. Peter's on Saturday, and needed them all as his free throw with 1.7 seconds left provided the winning margin for the Terriers...Malik Thomas broke up a pass as St. Peter's tried to get off a winning shot...BU rallied from an early nine-point deficit and led 65-59 with under three minutes to go, but St. Peter's scored six straight points to tie the game before Dieudonne's free throw...Dieudonne also led the Terriers with nine rebounds, while Maurice Watson Jr. had 17 points and six assists and Dom Morris scored 12...The Terriers improve to 5-2 with their third-straight win, and have their best seven-game record since 2004-05...Boston University has a challenging week ahead, visiting Quinnipiac on Monday (NESN, 7 p.m.) before playing host to Harvard on Saturday afternoon.
BUCKNELL Princeton pulled away in the second half for a 66-53 win at Bucknell on Saturday...Princeton scored six straight points for a 38-32 lead that it never relinquished, and put the game away with a 15-5 stretch that made it 63-49 with 2:23 to go...Chris Hass led the Bison with 15 points, while Cameron Ayers added 14...Bucknell was 20-of-56 from the field and just 1-of-11 from three-point range...The Bison have dropped two straight after also falling 69-64 at Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday...Brian Fitzpatrick had a career-high 18 points in the loss...Bucknell will try to get back in the win column this week when it goes to Kent State on Wednesday and hosts Columbia on Saturday.
COLGATE Colgate was on fire again to roll past Binghamton 93-64 for its fourth-straight win on Sunday..The Raiders have won four straight games for the first time since Jan. 2-9, 2010 and have their best six-game record since 2007-08 with a 4-2 mark...Colgate has scored 90 points in consecutive games for the first time since 1995-96, also beating Tulane 98-86 on the road on Tuesday...The Raiders have topped 80 points in each of their four straight wins and are averaging 80.2 for the season...Austin Tillotson led Colgate with 25 points against Binghamton, and did not miss a shot as he went 9-of-9 from the field, 4-of-4 from long range and 3-of-3 at the free throw line...Ethan Jacobs added 15 points, while Damon Sherman-Newsome scored 14 and Murphy Burnatowski had 11...Those four players combined to go 11-of-15 from three-point range as Colgate was 15-of-24 for the game...The Raiders have gone 32-of-51 from three-point range in their last two games, and are up to 80-of-157 (51.0%) from long range this season...Colgate made 17-of-27 three-pointers, with 11 in the first half alone, in the 98-86 rout at Tulane on Tuesday...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...Sherman-Newsome led the way with a career-high 25 points, while Burnatowski and Pat Moore each had 17, Jacobs scored 15 and Tillotson finished with 12...Colgate leads the nation in three-pointers per game (13.3) and three-point field-goal percentage (51.0%) and is fifth in overall field-goal percentage (53.8%)...The Raiders have a tough task for a five-game win streak as they visit Georgetown on Saturday (Fox Sports 1, 12 p.m.)
HOLY CROSS Holy Cross led throughout as it posted a 63-52 win at New Hampshire on Saturday...The Crusaders have won two straight games to move over .500 for the first time since January...Holy Cross scored eight straight points to turn a 19-17 lead to a 27-17 edge, and led 36-25 at the half...The Crusaders held UNH without a field goal for the first 7:59 of the second half to expand the lead to 17, and tallied the final six points after the Wildcats had trimmed the lead to five late in the game...Anthony Thompson and Dave Dudzinski led the way with 17 points apiece for Holy Cross, which marked a career high for the freshman Thompson...He made all 10 of his free throws, including six in the final two minutes to preserve the win...The Crusaders limited UNH to 16-of-44 shooting and 5-of-18 from three-point range...Holy Cross is back in action at home against Albany on Wednesday before visiting a Hartford team on Saturday that it has already beaten by 25 points this season.
LAFAYETTE After three close losses, Lafayette broke through in a tight game with a 79-76 win over Penn on Saturday... Seth Hinrichs had a career-high 28 points to lead Lafayette to its first win of the year...Lafayette trailed 56-47 with 13:28 to play, but took the lead for good with a 16-2 run over the next five minutes...Joey Ptasinski hit a three-pointer with 2:19 left for a 74-70 lead, and made a free throw with six seconds to go before Penn missed a game-tying three-point attempt...Hinrichs made 10-of-19 shots and 6-of-10 three-pointers to hit his career high for the second game in a row and score 20 or more for the fourth straight game...Ptasinski added 16 points, while Nick Lindner had 12 and Bryce Scott finished with 11...The win came after Yale's Javier Duren hit a 27-foot three-pointer as time expired for a 79-76 victory 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 Ptasinski's bucket with 3.5 seconds to play...Hinrichs made 10-of-16 shots and 5-of-7 three-pointers for his 28-point performance, while Lindner had 18 points and team highs of five assists and five rebounds...Hinrichs stands second in the Patriot League and 22nd in the nation with 22.3 points per game for the season...He is also on the NCAA statistical leaderboard in three-pointers per game (20th/3.3), three-point field-goal percentage (32nd/50.0%) and free-throw percentage (91.7%)...Hinrichs is the active NCAA leader in career three-point field-goal percentage at 46.4%, which is also the top mark in Patriot League history...Lafayette is eighth in the country in both free-throw percentage (78.6%) and three-pointers per game (9.5)...The Leopards are at Wagner on Tuesday and Sacred Heart Saturday in matchups with NEC opponents.
LEHIGH Lehigh jumped out to a 21-point halftime lead and cruised to a 76-64 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday...The Mountain Hawks never trailed, using a 12-0 run for an early 14-2 lead and finishing the first half with an 18-2 surge for the 21-point lead...Lehigh went up by as many as 27 points before Sacred Heart chipped away for the final margin...Jesse Chuku had a career day with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Mackey McKnight had his second double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 assists...The 15 rebounds were the most for a Lehigh player since C.J. McCollum hit that total in February 2011...Corey Schaefer added 14 points for Lehigh while Tim Kempton scored 13 as the Mountain Hawks shot over 50 percent at 28-of-51 for the game...Lehigh split a pair of games in the Legends Classic pod in Brookings, S.D. on Monday and Tuesday, first beating Texas Southern 67-63 before falling to host South Dakota State 74-61...Kempton had 20 points in the win over Texas Southern, while McKnight had 21 in the loss to South Dakota State and went over 1,000 career points in the process...The Mountain Hawks are at St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday, and then host UMBC on Saturday.
LOYOLA MARYLAND Loyola 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...Cormier's streak is the longest to open a season in Loyola's Division I history, and the first five-game run at any point for the Greyhounds since 2006-07...He is second in the nation with 28.4 ppg...Loyola's 4-1 start is tied for the second-best in school Division I history (since 1981-82), with the Greyhounds at the mark for the third year in a row...Loyola is in action Monday at West Virigina at 7 p.m. on MASN and 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...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 and rank 12th in the nation in scoring defense at 59.0 points per game...Navy completes its three-game homestand when it faces The Citadel on Wednesday.