Patriot League Men's Basketball Update - 12.6-7.11

Bucknell's Joe Willman

Dec. 6, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. - Bucknell got back on the winning track with an impressive road victory on Tuesday, leading Binghamton by 20 points at halftime on its way to a 77-63 triumph.

It was a tough night for two other Patriot League teams, as Holy Cross blew a 16-point halftime lead in a 46-45 loss at Columbia and Navy fell 69-67 at home against Monmouth.

Bucknell (6-4) snapped a two-game losing skid in large part due to a great first half. The Bison raced to a 43-23 halftime lead after shooting 17-for-25 overall and 4-of-5 from three-point range in the first half. Binghamton got as close as nine points in the final minute, but the outcome was never in doubt as the Bison went on to the 77-63 win. Joe Willman led the Bison with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while Cameron Ayers scored 13 points, Mike Muscala added 12 and Joshea Singleton had 10. The Bison shot over 60 percent (27-of-44) for the game.

A free throw with 2.4 seconds remaining made the difference as Holy Cross (3-6) fell by one point at Columbia. The Crusaders led by 16 points at halftime and 20 early in the second half, but saw the Lions rally from the deficit. R.J. Evans, Devin Brown and Dave Dudzinski had eight points apiece as Holy Cross fell despite holding Columbia to 23.3 percent shooting from the field.

Navy (3-7) had a shot to win at the buzzer, but Jordan Brickman's three-pointer was off the mark as Monmouth held on for the 69-67 win in Annapolis. There were 10 ties and 14 lead changes in a back-and-forth affair, with Monmouth going ahead for good with under two minutes to play. Navy placed four players in double figures, with J.J. Avila leading the way with 14 points and Jordan Sugars adding 12.

It will be a busy Wednesday with five Patriot League teams in action. American will go for its eighth win in a row at home against Hampton, while Lehigh welcomes St. Francis (Pa.). Three teams head on the road, with Lafayette facing Penn State, Army going to Marist and Colgate taking on Albany.

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

Bucknell 77 at Binghamton 63
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at Columbia 46, Holy Cross 45
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Monmouth 69 at Navy 67
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