Patriot League Men's Basketball Recap - 12.4.13

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Dec. 4, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League men's basketball teams have now combined for a winning record for the 2013-14 season to date, as six out of seven squads won on Wednesday to bring the League's cumulative record to 39-36 for the year.

Bucknell may have posted the most impressive won, rallying late for a 66-59 vicotry at a Kent State squad that was 8-1 overall and 7-0 at home. Holy Cross also rallied for a 62-57 win at home against America East preseason favorite Albany, while American routed Howard 76-53, Navy held off The Citadel 79-74 and Lehigh posted its first road win by beating St. Francis (Pa.) 57-50. Loyola Maryland took on Division III Catholic and used a strong second half for the 87-75 win, while Army fell at Columbia 81-64.

Patriot League teams are up to 18-6 at home for the season after the wins by Holy Cross, American, Navy and Loyola, with those four squads joining Lehigh, Boston University and Colgate with unblemished marks on their own court. Seven squads are on winning streaks, with Boston University and Colgate at four in a row, Holy Cross and Navy up to three straight and American and Lehigh joining Lafayette with two consecutive wins.

League squads are now off until Saturday when nine of 10 teams will take the court.

Recaps, box scores and notes from Wednesday's games are included below.

Bucknell 66 at Kent State 59
Box Score
*Bucknell used a pair of big second-half runs to get past a solid Kent State squad 66-59 on the road.
*The Bison used a 15-0 run to turn a 45-38 deficit into a 53-45 lead with 8:58 left.
*After Kent State answered with eight in a row to tie the score, the Bison closed with a 13-6 stretch in the final five minutes to earn the win.
*Brian Fitzpatrick led the Bison with 16 points, while Cameron Ayers and Ben Brackney scored 12 and Ryan Frazier had 10.
*The Bison held Kent State to 37.1% shooting and just 7-of-28 from three-point range.



at Holy Cross 62, Albany 57
Box Score
*Dave Dudzinski scored 13 of the final 15 points for Holy Cross to lead the way in a 62-57 win over Albany.
*The score was tied at 47-47 with eight minutes to play when Dudzinski's run started, as he started with four straight to give Holy Cross the lead for good.
*Dudzinski drained a three-pointer with 13.5 seconds on the clock to put the game away and provide the final margin.
*He finished with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Malachi Alexander added 10.

at American 76, Howard 53
Box Score
*American dominated from start to finish in its 76-53 win over Howard.
*The Eagles scored the first eight points, led 16-4 early and 36-13 at halftime.
*American pushed the lead as high as 30 points in the second half, and never saw it dip below 20.
*Tony Wroblicky had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and posted a nearly-perfect shooting night at 11-of-12.
*Jalen Rhea had 14 points in nine minutes for American, while John Schoof added 13.

at Navy 79, The Citadel 74
Box Score
*Tilman Dunbar had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Navy held off a late charge for a 79-74 win over The Citadel.
*The Mids closed the first half on a 16-4 run to go up 41-26 at the break, and went up by as many as 17 before The Citadel trimmed the final margin to five.
*Worth Smith added 17 points for Navy, while Kendall Knorr scored 13.
*Navy won its third-straight game and fifth in the last six, and finishes its non-conference home schedule at 4-0 after a perfect three-game homestand.

Lehigh 57 at St. Francis (Pa.) 50
Box Score
*Tim Kempton finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead Lehigh to a 57-50 win at St. Francis (Pa.).
*Lehigh held a small lead throughout the game, and closed with an 8-2 stretch after St. Francis (Pa.) cut it to 49-48 with under three minutes to play.
*Corey Schaefer added 14 points for Lehigh, while Mackey McKnight and Austin Price each scored 12.
*Lehigh won despite a tough shooting night as it held the Red Flash to 19-of-57 from the field and 5-of-23 from three-point range.

at Loyola Maryland 87, Catholic 75
Box Score
*After the score was tied at halftime, Loyola opened the second half with a 16-6 stretch and pulled away from there for the 87-75 win over Division III Catholic.
*The Greyhounds saw Catholic get back within 65-60 with eight minutes to play before going on an 18-5 run to put the game away.
*Dylon Cormier led five players in double figures with 23 points.
*Franz Rassman (14), Jarred Jones (13), Tyler Hubbard (11) and Jordan Latham (10) also had double-digit totals.
*Loyola shot 53% (35-of-66) from the field in the game.

at Columbia 81, Army 64
*Columbia hit 13 three-pointers on its way to the 81-64 victory against Army.
*The Lions had an early 11-0 run to take the lead for good, and went up by as many as 19 points in the second half.
*Kevin Ferguson scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting for Army, while Kyle Wilson added 11.