Dec. 3, 2012
Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 12.3.12
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Final exams are coming soon at each of the Patriot League schools, and the eight teams will pack in action this week before taking breaks to hit the books.
Each team will hit the court on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Tuesday night's action features four teams playing at home as Lehigh welcomes Fordham, Bucknell hosts Kent State, Army entertains Marist and Lafayette hosts St. Francis (Pa.). American is at Howard on Tuesday, while Colgate goes to Quinnipiac, Holy Cross is at Sacred Heart and Navy visits Monmouth on Wednesday. The Eagles close out the mid-week portion of the schedule at UMBC on Thursday.
Bucknell will be the first team to enter its exam break, as the Bison are off until Dec. 15 after Tuesday's game. They have built momentum in the first month of the season, and it continued on Saturday with a rally from a 17-point deficit for a 65-57 win at Columbia. Mike Muscala totaled 29 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the game to lead the way.
Lehigh and American also won on Saturday at home. The Mountain Hawks broke the century mark for the first time since 2004 in a 102-62 win over Fairleigh Dickinson while the Eagles pulled away late for a 61-51 win over St. Francis (Pa.). Patriot League teams are up to 16-4 on their home courts heading into Tuesday's contest with four teams at home.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Nov. 26-Dec. 2)
Anaconda Player of the Week
MIKE MUSCALA, BUCKNELL Sr., C, 6-11, 239; Roseville, Minn./Roseville
Muscala averaged 23.0 points and 15.0 rebounds to lead the Bison to a pair of wins last week, with 29 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in a 65-57 comeback win at Columbia on Saturday. Muscala made 10-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws in the game and totaled 19 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone as the Bison rallied from a 17-point deficit. His jumper with 3:35 left put Bucknell ahead for good, and Muscala added four clinching free throws in the final minutes. He also had 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 62-49 win at home against Dartmouth on Tuesday. Muscala made 15-of-27 shots (55.6%) and 15-of-17 free throws (88.2%) in the two games. He is second in the nation with six double-doubles for the year, and ranks fourth in the country with 12.1 rebounds per contest. Muscala is the only player in the nation averaging at least 15 points and 12 rebounds per game. He also set a career mark on Saturday, joining Colgate's Adonal Foyle (1994-97) as the only players in Patriot League history with 1,500 points and 800 rebounds. Muscala is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the second time this year and sixth in his career.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
KENDALL KNORR, NAVY Fr., G, 6-3, 190; Concord, N.C./Concord
Knorr was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point range, to score 15 points in Navy's 54-49 victory over IPFW on Wednesday. He scored 13 of his 15 points in a five-minute span after IPFW had cut the Navy lead to 31-30 in the second half. The stretch was part of an 18-6 run overall that pushed Navy's lead to 49-36 with under five minutes to play. He also added a rebound and a steal, and had an assist in a 51-41 loss to Tulane on Saturday. Knorr leads all Patriot League freshmen with 12 three-pointers on the season. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the first time.
C.J. McCOLLUM, LEHIGH Sr., G, 6-3, 200; Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak
McCollum averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two wins for the Mountain Hawks last week while shooting 18-of-32 (56.3%) from the field and 7-of-12 (58.3%) from beyond the arc. McCollum had 30 points and nine rebounds in a 77-66 win at Quinnipiac on Tuesday where he had a career-high for points in a half with 25 after intermission.
STEPHEN LUMPKINS, AMERICAN Sr., F, 6-8, 230; Redwood City, Calif./Juniperro Serra
Lumpkins averaged 20 points and seven rebounds in two games for the Eagles last week, with 22 points in a 61-51 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday.
DAVE DUDZINSKI, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, 6-9, 227; Elburn, Ill./Kaneland
Dudzinski averaged 12.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in two contests for Holy Cross, with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a 48-45 loss at Hartford on Saturday.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*All eight Patriot League teams play on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
*Patriot League teams are a combined 16-4 at home, with four teams playing at home on Tuesday.
*Patriot League teams are 32-31 overall, and 29-19 against DI teams outside of the BCS leagues.
*The Patriot League is a combined 26-9 against regional conferences including the America East, CAA, Ivy League, MAAC, NEC and MEAC.
*Lehigh's Brett Reed became the fastest coach in Patriot League history to reach 100 career wins on Saturday.
*Bucknell won its eighth straight game against an Ivy League team on Saturday, while Lehigh won its 10th in a row versus an NEC foe.
*Lehigh's C.J. McCollum leads the nation with 25.9 points per game.
*Bucknell's Mike Muscala is fourth in Division I with 12.1 rebounds per game.
*Muscala is the only player in the nation averaging at least 15 points and 12 rebounds per contest.
*On Saturday he became the second player in Patriot League history with career totals of 1,500 points and 800 rebounds.
*Lehigh leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage (45.2) and is among the top 30 in Division I in numerous offensive categories.
*Navy, Holy Cross and Bucknell are among the national leaders in a number of defensive categories, and each allowing under 58 points per game.
Patriot League Notebook
Winning Against Regional Foes
Patriot League teams have done a solid job in non-League play with a 32-31 record, and it's even more impressive against teams outside of the "Big-Six" conferences. Patriot League squads are 29-19 against Division I foes outside of the top conferences, and 26-9 against regional conferences including the America East, CAA, Ivy League, MAAC, NEC and MEAC. Lehigh won its 10th straight game against an NEC opponent on Saturday, while Bucknell claimed its eighth straight versus and Ivy League foe.
Patriot League teams are 16-4 on their home courts this year, and every squad has won at least once at home. Lehigh leads the way with a 3-0 record, while Bucknell and Holy Cross are 2-0 and Army and Colgate have each won their only appearance on their home court. Lehigh, Bucknell and Army put their perfect home marks on the line Tuesday, with Lafayette also at home. Lehigh has a 10-game home winning streak dating back to last season.
Bucknell's Muscala Reaches Rare Air in Dominant Performance
Bucknell's Mike Muscala became the second player in Patriot League history to reach 1,500 points and 800 rebounds in his career on Saturday against Columbia, joining Colgate's Adonal Foyle (1994-97) in the exclusive club. It came in one of the best performances of his storied career as the senior tallied 29 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in a 65-57 win. Muscala averaged 23.0 points and 15.0 rebounds in two games last week to win the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award for the second time this year and sixth in his career. He is fourth in the nation with 12.1 rebounds per game, and is the only player in the country that is averaging at least 15 points and 12 rebounds per contest.
Lehigh's Reed Becomes Fastest to 100 Wins
Lehigh Head Coach Brett Reed became the fastest Patriot League coach to reach 100 wins when he did it in his 165th game on Saturday against Fairleigh Dickinson. Reed was one game quicker than former Holy Cross Head Coach Ralph Willard. He becomes the eighth Patriot League coach from a seventh different school to cross the 100-win mark.
Offensive Fireworks from the Mountain Hawks
Lehigh is off to a 6-2 start for the second year in a row, and the Mountain Hawks are doing it with one of the top offenses in the country in the first month of the season. Lehigh stands 20th in the nation with 80.5 points per game, and tops the country by hitting 45.2% from three-point range. The Mountain Hawks are also 12th in the nation in free-throw percentage, 29th in field-goal percentage and 20th in three-pointers made per game. Lehigh scored 100 points for the first time since 2004 in its 102-62 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday. As expected, senior C.J. McCollum is leading the way and also leading the nation with 25.9 points per game. He has Patriot League career records of 2,281 points and 98 double-figure scoring games, and is just three foul shots shy of the League mark. McCollum's 55.8% mark from three-point range is fifth in the nation, while classmate Gabe Knutson is 25th in field-goal percentage.
Doing it with Defense
While Lehigh is piling up the points, a group of Patriot League teams is excelling on the other end of the court. Navy (53.1), Holy Cross (57.0) and Bucknell (57.4) are each in the top 30 in the nation in scoring defense. The Bison are also in the top 20 in field goal percentage defense, while the Crusaders and Mids are among the top 10 teams nationally at defending the three. Navy has held its opponent to under 55 points in five straight games and eight of nine this year, while Bucknell and Holy Cross have each allowed more than 65 points just once this season.
Patriot League teams have been shooting the ball very well from beyond the three-point line and at the foul line this season. Holy Cross leads the Patriot League and is 11th in the nation with a 78.0% mark from the line, with Lehigh just one spot behind at 77.7% and Bucknell also in the top 30 nationally at 76.3%. Colgate (9.4), Lehigh (8.8) and Lafayette (8.2) are each among the top 30 teams in the country in three-point field goals per game, with the Mountain Hawks leading the nation in three-point field-goal percentage at 45.2 while American (41.8) and Colgate (41.3) also rank in the top 20 in Division I.
AMERICAN American took the lead for good with four minutes to play as part of a 14-2 game-ending run for a 61-51 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) at home on Saturday...Tony Wroblicky put American up 51-49 and then hit two more shots as the Eagles went on the clinching run...Stephen Lumpkins led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Mike Bersch scored 14 points and Wroblicky added 10...It snapped a three-game losing skid for the Eagles, who fell 74-55 at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday...The Eagles had a seven-point lead with just over two minutes left in the first half, but the Hawks stormed back with the final 11 points of the period and led by double digits for the final 15 minutes of the game as they pulled away in the second half...Lumpkins had 18 pionts and seven rebounds to lead four Eagles in double figures...The senior is fifth in the Patriot League with 17.0 points per game, third with 7.1 rebounds per contest and fourth with 1.6 blocked shots per game...Lumpkins is also third in the League at 58.5% from the field, and is up to 76.8% at the line for the season after going 18-of-19 in two games last week...The Eagles have a busy pre-exam schedule ahead as they visit Howard on Tuesday and UMBC on Thursday before hosting Columbia on Sunday.
ARMY The Black Knights fell 70-59 at Bryant on Saturday in their only action last week...Army had its lowest point total of the season in the defeat..The Black Knights trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, and never got closer than seven after intermission...Ella Ellis led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, and is second in the Patriot League with 19.2 points per game for the year...Army still has nine non-League games remaining, more than any other Patriot League team...The Black Knights play two this week, hosting Marist on Tuesday and visiting Penn State on Saturday on Big Ten Network.
BUCKNELL Senior center Mike Muscala had one of his most memorable performances to lead the Bison to a comeback from a 17-point deficit for a 65-57 win at Columbia on Saturday...Muscala totaled 29 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead the way, with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone... Muscala made 10-of-17 shots from the field and 8-of-10 at the line...The Bison were down 28-11 with 6:40 left in the first half, but got back to within 32-25 at the break...Bucknell continued to climb back in the second half and finally took the lead for good on Muscala's jumper that made it 56-55 with 3:35 left and ignited an 11-2 game-ending run.Muscala joins former Colgate star Adonal Foyle as the only two players in Patriot League history with 1,500 points and 800 rebounds...Joe Willman added 13 points as the Bison won their eighth straight game against an Ivy League opponent...Muscala had his sixth double-double of the year, and second of the week after recording 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 62-49 win over Dartmouth on Tuesday...Cameron Ayers also hit a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds...The score was tied at 35-35 with 13:34 left before the Bison
took control with nine straight points on their way to the 13-point win...Muscala averaged 23.0 points and 15.0 rebounds in the two games to earn his second Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award of the season, and sixth in his career...He is fourth in the country with 12.1 rebounds per game, and the only player in the nation averaging at least 15 points and 12 rebounds per contest...Bucknell plays its final game before an exam break when it hosts Kent State on Tuesday.
COLGATE Colgate tried to fight back late but could not catch up to regional rival Cornell and fell to the Big Red 70-63 on the road on Saturday...Cornell used a 15-3 run to open up a 62-50 lead with 6:02 left, and Colgate was not able to get any closer than six points the rest of the way...Murphy Burnatowski led the Raiders with 24 points, while Brandon James had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Luke Roh just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds...Burnatowski stands fourth in the Patriot League with 17.1 points per
game, while Pat Moore is seventh with 15.1 points per contest...The Raiders lead the Patriot League with 9.4 three-pointers made per game...Colgate plays twice this week, visiting Quinnipiac on Wednesday and hosting Albany on Saturday before the Raiders enter their exam break.
HOLY CROSS The Crusaders dropped both of their games last week after falling at Hartford 48-45 on Saturday... The Hawks went on an 11-0 second-half run to take the lead and eventually opened up a 42-28 advantage with eight minutes left, but Holy Cross got back to within one at 46-45 with 17.8 seconds left...Justin Burrell had a chance to tie it at the buzzer for the Crusaders, but his three-point attempt was off the mark...Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Burrell added 10...Holy Cross also fell 61-42 at Providence on Wednesday...Dudzinski led the way with 11 points and eight rebounds to averaged 12.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in the two games last week...He is 10th in the Patriot League with 12.4 points per game and second with 8.9 rebounds per contest...Holy Cross is allowing just 57.0 points per game for the year, and has held its opposition to 65 points or less in seven of eight games this season...Holy Cross completes a three-game road trip when it visits Sacred Heart on Wednesday, then returns home to play Dartmouth Saturday.
LAFAYETTE The Leopards went 1-2 in three games last week after fallilng at LIU-Brooklyn 71-60 on Saturday... Lafayette held a 28-25 lead at the half and was up by three with under 12 minutes to play, but LIU-Brooklyn put together an 11-3 run late in the second half to take control...Dan Trist led the Leopards with 15 points, while Levi Giese had 14 and Seth Hinrichs added 10...Lafayette had beaten LIU-Brooklyn 98-94 in overtime at home on Nov. 12 for one of its two victories on the season...The Leopards snapped a five-game losing skid on Wednesday with a 63-60 win over Delaware...Lafayette went up by 20 points in the first minute of the second half, then held on as Delaware inched back throughout the period...Joey Ptasinski hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left for a 63-58 lead, and Lafayette held on as Delaware missed a three-pointer to tie at the buzzer...Four Leopards scored in double figures as Dan Trist led the way with 16 points and Ptasinski, Tony Johnson and Hinrichs each scored 13...Lafayette also lost 65-60 at Monmouth on Monday...Johnson nearly had a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, though he also committed eight of the team's 27 turnovers...Hinrichs led the Leopards with 15 points...Lafayette has three games this week, all against Northeast Conference opponents as it hosts St. Francis (Pa.) Tuesday, visits Fairleigh Dickinson Friday and hosts Sacred Heart Sunday.
LEHIGH Lehigh gave Head Coach Brett Reed his 100th career victory in impressive fashion as the Mountain Hawks dominated Fairleigh Dickinson 102-62 at Stabler Arena on Saturday...Lehigh opened up a 46-17 lead by halftime and shot 38-of-60 (63.3%) in the game and 11-of-19 (57.9%) from three-point range...C.J. McCollum led the Mountain Hawks with 23 points in only 24 minutes played, while Stefan Cvrkalj scored 20 off the bench, Gabe Knutson scored 16 and Holden Greiner added 11...Reed became the fastest coach to reach 100 wins in Patriot League history, doing so in his 165th game...It was the team's fifth straight win and second during the week after also beating Quinnipiac 77-66 on the road Tuesday...Lehigh was down 62-61 with just over five minutes to go before McCollum scored 14 consecutive Mountain Hawk points to lead a 16-4 game-ending run for a 77-66 win...The senior guard did not score in the first 9:49 of the contest but still managed to finish with 30 points on 9-of-18 shooting along with nine rebounds and four assists without a turnover... It was McCollum's NCAA-best third 30-point game this season, and he leads the nation with 25.9 points per game...His 25 second-half points marked a career high for points in a half....Five of Lehigh's six wins this year are by double digits...The Mountain Hawks host Fordham Tuesday and visit St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday before their exam break.
NAVY Navy had another stellar defensive effort, but could not hit enough shots itself and fell 51-41 at Tulane on Saturday...The Mids held the Green Wave to just 27.7% shooting from the field, but saw Tulane hit 21-of-29 at the line to earn the win...Navy fell behind by 10 points at the half and never got closer than five after intermission...Brandon Venturini and Worth Smith led the Mids with 11 points apiece...Navy was coming off a 54-49 win at home over IPFW on Wednesday...The Mids used a 9-0 run to take a 40-30 lead with 7:35 to play....IPFW got to within three with 44 seconds left, but Navy held on as Worth Smith sealed the win with a pair of free throws with three seconds to go...Kendall Knorr led Navy with 15 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range...Venturini added 11 points and Smith scored 10...Navy has held its opponent to under 55 points in five straight games and eight of nine this year...The Mids are allowing a Patriot League-low 53.1 points per game...The Mids have two road games this week, visiting Monmouth on Wednesday and Mt. St. Mary's on Saturday.