Patriot League Men's Basketball Recap - 12.7.13

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Brian Fitzpatrick had another strong game in Bucknell's win over Columbia.
Brian Fitzpatrick had another strong game in Bucknell's win over Columbia.

Dec. 7, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Patriot League teams extended winning streaks while another stopped a losing skid to highlight Saturday's men's basketball action.

Lafayette and Lehigh each posted their third win in a row, with the Leopards claiming an 86-79 triumph at Sacred Heart and the Mountain Hawks topping UMBC 70-68 at home. Bucknell won its second straight with a 57-52 triumph at home against Columbia, while Army snapped a five-game losing skid with a 67-54 win at home versus St. Francis (Brooklyn).

American, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross and Loyola Maryland all fell in their games on Saturday. The Terriers and Raiders had solid performances in defeat, with BU falling 79-68 in overtime against Harvard and Colgate dropping a 61-55 final at Georgetown.

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

at Bucknell 57, Columbia 52
Box Score
*Bucknell closed the game on a 9-2 run to earn a 57-52 win over Columbia at home on Saturday.
*Chris Hass hit four straight free throws to turn a 50-48 deficit into a 52-50 lead with 1:17 left, and a Ryan Hill layup put Bucknell up 54-50 with 31 seconds to play.
*Columbia missed a three-pointer to tie the score with seven seconds left, and Cameron Ayers made a pair of free throws to ice the five-point win.
*Brian Fitzpatrick led the Bison with 16 points, Hass had 14 and Ayers had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
*It was a tough shooting night for both teams, but Bucknell made 19-of-24 free throws overall and 16-of-20 in the second half.

Lafayette 86 at Sacred Heart 79
Box Score
*Freshman Nick Lindner had another outstanding outing with 24 points to lead Lafayette to an 86-79 win at Sacred Heart.
*Seth Hinrichs also finished in double figures with 17 points, while Joey Ptasinski had 11 and Dan Trist scored 10.
*The Leopards saw a 10-point first-half lead turn into a five-point second half deficit, but used a 16-5 run to go ahead 78-72 with under four minutes to play.
*Lafayette hit four straight free throws down the stretch after Sacred Heart had closed within three points.
*Lafayette shot 55% (33-of-60) for the game, and made 13-of-14 free throws in its third straight win.



at Lehigh 70, UMBC 68
Box Score
*In a game where neither team led by more than seven points, Lehigh held on down the stretch for a 70-68 win over UMBC.
*The Mountain Hawks win their third in a row, and start 3-0 at home for the fourth straight season.
*Lehigh trailed by five early in the second half, but used a 13-1 run for its biggest lead of the day at 41-34 with 11:19 to go.
*The Mountain Hawks led the rest of the way, holding on when UMBC missed a shot to tie the score with two seconds left.
*Tim Kempton led five Mountain Hawks in double figures with 13 points, while Mackey McKnight, Shane Whitfield and Austin Price each scored 11 and Corey Schaefer had 10.

at Army 67, St. Francis (Brooklyn) 54
Box Score
*Army broke a five-game losing skid with a big first half in a 67-54 win over St. Francis (Brooklyn).
*The Black Knights used an early 18-5 stretch for a 29-15 lead, and went up 41-24 at the half.
*Army went up by as many as 21 points in the second half, holding a double-digit lead throughout the period.
*Kyle Wilson led the Black Knights with 23 points, while Tanner Plomb scored 11 and Dylan Cox had 10.
*Army limited St. Francis to under 30 percent shooting from the field (16-of-61) and three-point range (4-of-15).

Harvard 79 at Boston University 68 (OT)
Box Score
*Boston University had a furious rally to force overtime, but could not keep up in the extra session in a 79-68 loss to cross-town rival Harvard.
*The Terriers had an 8-1 run in the final 44 seconds of regulation to tie the score, evening the game at 66-66 on a layup by Maurice Watson Jr. with eight seconds left.
*Harvard finished overtime with an 11-0 run to earn the win.
*Dom Morris led the Terriers with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Watson scored 14 and D.J. Irving had 10.
*BU was hurt by a 6-of-24 night from three-point range.

at Georgetown 61, Colgate 55
Box Score
*Colgate hung tough against a perennial NCAA Tournament team, but Georgetown held on for a 61-55 win over the Raiders.
*Georgetown scored the first 10 points and led throughout, but Colgate climbed back into the game in the second half and got within four in the final minute.
*A Raiders team that was 32-of-51 from three-point range in its last two games made only 5-of-24 from beyond the arc and 16-of-50 from the field on Saturday.
*Colgate stayed in by limiting Georgetown to 21-of-56 from the field and 1-of-15 from three-point range.
*Austin Tillotson led the Raiders with 21 points while making 5-of-7 shots, 3-of-3 three-pointers and all eight free throws, while Murphy Burnatowski had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Brown 72 at American 67
Box Score
*Brown closed the first half on a 16-6 run for a 39-27 lead, and American could never get all the way back in a 72-67 loss on Saturday.
*The Eagles got back into the game early in the second half and trailed 69-67 with two minutes left, but missed multiple chances to tie or take the lead before Brown iced the game at the foul line in the final 15 seconds.
*John Schoof led four Eagles in double figures with 15 points, while Marko Vasic had 12, Darius Gardner finished with 11 and Yilret Yiljep scored 10.
*The Eagles shot just under 50 percent at 24-of-49 from the field, but allowed Brown to shoot 27-of-52 for the game.

at Mount St. Mary's 70, Loyola Maryland 58
Box Score
*Mount St. Mary's closed the first half with a 17-4 run for a 32-27 lead, and pulled away after intermission for a 12-point win over Loyola.
*The Greyhounds were down 47-46 with 11 minutes to go, but Mount St. Mary's came out with a 10-1 run to put the game away and led by as many as 15 points late.
*Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 13 points, while Franz Rassman scored 12.
*Loyola shot just 21-of-62 from the field and 2-of-13 from three-point range.

at Hartford 90, Holy Cross 78
Box Score
*Dave Dudzinski had 17 points and went over 1,000 for his career, but it was not enough as Holy Cross fell 90-78 at Hartford.
*Hartford led by six points at halftime and as many as 18 in the second half on its way to the win.
*Malcolm Miller had a career-high 18 points to lead Holy Cross, while Eric Green scored 12.
*Holy Cross shot over 60 percent from the field at 29-of-47, but Hartford was nearly as good at 31-of-53 and made 20-of-26 free throws.
*Holy Cross had beaten Hartford 80-55 on Nov. 24.