Patriot League Men's Basketball Gameday: Dec. 8

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Justin Burrell led Holy Cross with 19 points on Saturday against Dartmouth.
Justin Burrell led Holy Cross with 19 points on Saturday against Dartmouth.

Dec. 8, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Lehigh and Holy Cross both enter exam breaks with momentum after impressive double-digit victories on Saturday.

The Mountain Hawks are off to their best start in more than 70 years as they improved to 8-2 with an 83-67 triumph at St. Francis (Pa.). The Crusaders won their second straight game as they knocked off Dartmouth 67-56 to improve to 6-4 for the year.

Also, Colgate fell 67-61 at home against Albany and Army lost 78-70 at Penn State.

Lehigh (8-2) has its best record through 10 games since the 1938-39 season and won for the seventh straight time with the 83-67 triumph at St. Francis (Pa.). The Mountain Hawks scored the first 13 points of the game and never looked back, going up by as many as 22 points in the second half before settling on the 16-point win. C.J. McCollum finished with 29 points, one shy of his fourth 30-point game of the year, while making 11-of-11 free throws and also pulling down nine rebounds. Gabe Knutson added 18 points, while Mackey McKnight had 13. Lehigh shot an even 50% (25-of-50) from the field and made 24-of-26 free throws in the game. The win extended the Mountain Hawks' winning streak to 11 vs. Northeast Conference foes, including 5-0 this season.

It was a balanced effort for Holy Cross (6-4), as Justin Burrell scored 19 points, Phil Beans had 18 and Dave Dudzinski and Cullen Hamilton each added 10 in the 67-56 win over Dartmouth. Holy Cross built a 14-point lead early in the second half, then put together a 10-2 run to seal the win after Dartmouth had closed back to within five. Holy Cross hit 10-of-19 shots from three-point range, and 15-of-19 at the foul line.

Albany opened up a 15-point first-half lead and held off Colgate (3-7) the rest of the way to beat the Raiders 67-61 in Hamilton. Colgate got back to within three points five times in the second half, but Albany hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final 30 seconds to earn the win. Murphy Burnatowski led the Raiders with 13 points, while Mitch Rolls, Pat Moore and Luke Roh each scored nine.

Army (4-4) cut a 15-point deficit to two in the second half, but Penn State responded and knocked off the Black Knights 78-70 in Happy Valley. Army closed the gap to 52-50 with 12 minutes left, but Penn State went on a 16-4 run and led by at least eight the rest of the way. Ella Ellis led the Black Knights with 23 points while Kyle Toth added 13.

Two teams play at home on Sunday as American welcomes Columbia and Lafayette hosts Sacred Heart. It is the last game for both squads before an exam break of a week or more, which Bucknell, Lehigh, Holy Cross and Colgate are now on as well.

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

Lehigh 83 at St. Francis (Pa.) 67
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at Holy Cross 67, Dartmouth 56
Box Score | Video Interview (Milan Brown)

Albany 67 at Colgate 61
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at Penn State 78, Army 70
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