Dec. 9, 2013
Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 12.9.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Loyola Maryland are all off the court for more than a week for final exams, so only half of the Patriot League men's basketball teams will play this week. Lehigh will have an 11-day break for finals, but first hosts LIU Brooklyn on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
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*Half of the Patriot League teams will not play this week due to their final exam period.
*Lehigh enters an 11-day exam break after its game at home against LIU Brooklyn on Monday.
*Lehigh is trying to win its fourth game in a row and open 4-0 at home for the third straight season.
*Colgate and Boston University will be the only teams to play multiple games this week.
*Army and Navy will also be in action this weekend as there are just seven total games for the week.
*Nine Patriot League teams played on Saturday, and four came away with wins.
*Lafayette and Lehigh each won a third straight game, while Bucknell won its second in a row.
*Army snapped a five-game losing skid with a 67-54 win over St. Francis (Brooklyn).
*Patriot League teams are 43-41 for the season, with a 39-20 mark against the other Mid-Major conferences.
*League squads are 21-8 at home, and half of the 10 teams are still unbeaten on their own court.
*Holy Cross' Dave Dudzinski joined the 1,000-point club on Saturday against Hartford.
Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Dec. 2-8)
Anaconda Player of the Week
TILMAN DUNBAR, NAVY So., G, 5-10, 155; Woodbridge, Va./Paul VI Catholic
Dunbar excelled in Navy's only game of the week, scoring a career-high 28 points with eight rebounds and seven assists in a 79-74 triumph over The Citadel on Wednesday. He made 7-of-12 shots and 14-of-17 free throws in the game, and hit eight free throws in the final 1:14 to help the Mids hold on for their third win in a row. The eight rebounds and 14 free throws also marked career highs. Dunbar, a four-time Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week in 2012-13, earns his first Player of the Week award and the first for a Navy student-athlete since Chris Harris on Feb. 15, 2010.
Anaconda Rookie of the Week
NICK LINDNER, LAFAYETTE Fr., G, 5-10, 161; Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy
Lindner claims his second-consecutive Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award after outstanding play in a pair of victories for the Leopards. He had 17 points while making 13-of-14 free throws and dishing out three assists in a 77-65 win at Wagner on Tuesday, then totaled a career-high 24 points while shooting 8-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 at the line and recording five assists in an 86-79 win at Sacred Heart on Saturday. Lindner averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 assists in the two games while making 19-of-20 (95%) at the foul line and 10-of-16 (62.5%) from the field. He also managed three steals and turned the ball over just once in the two contests. Lindner is averaging 11.6 points and 4.1 assists for the season while making 88% of his shots at the foul line (44-of-50).
DAVE DUDZINSKI, HOLY CROSS Sr., F/C, 6-9, 227; Elburn, Ill./Kaneland
Dudzinski averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week, and went over 1,000 career points on Saturday.
MAURICE WATSON JR., BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., G, 5-10, 165; Philadelphia, Pa./Boys' Latin
Watson averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 assists while shooting 60% from the field in a 1-1 week for the Terriers.
BRIAN FITZPATRICK, BUCKNELL Gr., F, 6-8, 235; Cheshire, Conn./Northfield Mount Hermon
Fitzpatrick averaged 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 57% from the field in a pair of wins for the Bison last week.
AUSTIN TILLOTSON, COLGATE So., G, 6-0, 175; York, Pa./Eastern York
Tillotson made 5-of-7 shots, 3-of-3 three-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws to score 21 points in a loss at Georgetown Saturday
TIM KEMPTON, LEHIGH Fr., F/C, 6-10, 225; Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy College Prep
Kempton averaged a double-double of 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for Lehigh last week.
TONY WROBLICKY, AMERICAN Sr., C, 6-10, 230; Harbor City, Calif./Loyola
Wroblicky had 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting against Howard, and averaged 15.0 points and 8.6 rebounds in two games.
Patriot League Notebook
Only Five Schools in Action This Week with Finals in Full Swing
American, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Loyola Maryland are all off the court for more than a week for final exams following their games on Saturday, so only half of the Patriot League teams will play this week. Lehigh will have an 11-day break for finals after it begins the week by hosting LIU Brooklyn on Monday night on Patriot League Network. Colgate and Boston University each have a pair of games before their breaks, with the Raiders hosting Fordham Tuesday at 7 p.m. on PLN and visiting Albany on Saturday while the Terriers visit George Washington on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on NESN before hosting Norfolk State on Sunday at 1 p.m. on PLN. Army will start its exam week break after a game at Maine on Friday night, while Navy becomes the first team to return from a final exam period when it goes to Bryant on Saturday afternoon.
Busy Day Of Action Heading into the Break
Saturday provided one of the most active non-League slates of the year with nine teams playing. Patriot League squads combined for a 4-5 mark, with two teams extending winning streaks, another starting one and yet another ending a losing skid. Lafayette beat Sacred Heart 86-79 and Lehigh topped UMBC 70-68 to give both Lehigh Valley schools a three-game win streak, while Bucknell knocked off Columbia 57-52 for its second win in a row. Army ended a five-game losing skid with a 67-54 win over St. Francis (Brooklyn). Colgate and Boston University had four-game win streaks come to an end, while Holy Cross had its three-game streak dashed and American saw the same happen to a two-game run.
Patriot League Over .500 for the Season by Handling Mid-Major Foes
Patriot League teams have a cumulative mark of 43-41 for the season, including 41-41 against Division I opponents. The reason? Patriot League teams are having great success against their fellow Mid-Major conference foes. League squads have a 39-20 record against teams from conferences that are a part of the College Insider Mid-Major top 25 rankings. The best results have come against the America East (12-1) and MAAC (5-0), with a 10-5 mark against the Northeast Conference.
Four Winning Streaks End, But Four Still Going Strong
Boston University and Colgate had four-game winning streaks snapped on Saturday, while Holy Cross (three) and American (two) also had their runs come to an end. But there are still four Patriot League schools sporting winning streaks, including a trio who have won three in a row. Lehigh becomes the first to put its run on the line when the Mountain Hawks host LIU Brooklyn on Saturday. Navy has its first three-game winning streak since January 2011 as it returns from exam break on Saturday to visit Bryant. Lafayette (three) and Bucknell (two) take winning streaks into their exam break and will return to action next week.
Protecting the Home Court
Patriot League teams are now 21-8 at home for the year, and five squads still have undefeated marks. Navy has the top record at 4-0 following its 79-74 win over The Citadel on Wednesday, as the Mids open 4-0 at home for the first time since 2008-09 and have their first four-game home win streak at any point since 2009-10. Lehigh has a 3-0 home record for the fourth year in a row after beating UMBC on Saturday, and tries to open 4-0 at Stabler Arena for the third straight season on Monday. Colgate, Holy Cross and Loyola Maryland are each 2-0 at home this year.
Basketball is supposed to be a big man's game, but don't tell that to the host of players standing 6-foot-0 or under who are putting together a great season in the Patriot League. Colgate's Austin Tillotson is an even 6-foot-0, yet ranks in the top 10 nationally in a category dominated by big men by standing seventh in Division I in field goal percentage at 66.7%. Tillotson is also in the NCAA top 50 in both free-throw percentage and assist/turnover ratio, while Boston University's Maurice Watson (5-foot-10) is ranked in the top 35 in both assists and steals. Lehigh's Mackey McKnight (6-foot-0) is 31st in the nation in assists and part of the Patriot League's 1,000-point and 500-assist clubs, while Navy's Tilman Dunbar (5-foot-10) and Lafayette's Nick Lindner (5-foot-10) won the Patriot League Anaconda weekly awards on Monday.
Dudzinski Joins 1,000-point Club
Holy Cross' Dave Dudzinski became the fifth active 1,000-point scorer in the Patriot League on Saturday, with his total of 1,011 joining Loyola's Dylon Cormier (1,402), Bucknell's Cameron Ayers (1,193), BU's D.J. Irving (1,140) and Lehigh's Mackey McKnight (1,045). Dudzinski is the 92nd 1,000-point scorer in Patriot League history and the 47th in Holy Cross annals.
Cormier, Hinrichs Filling It Up
The Patriot League has two players in the top 40 nationally in scoring, including Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier at sixth in the country with 23.6 points per game. Lafayette junior Seth Hinrichs is not far behind at 20.4 points per game, good for 37th in the nation. Cormier opened the year with a five-game streak of 20 points or more and has hit the 20-point mark in six of eight games, while Hinrichs had a four-game run of at least 20 points snapped on Tuesday.
Patriot League teams are among the national leaders in hitting shots from behind the arc and at the free throw line. Colgate leads the nation in three-pointers per game (12.1) and is second in three-point field-goal percentage (47.0%), while Lafayette (80.5%) and Bucknell (79.0%) rank third and fourth, respecitively, in Division I in free throw percentage. The Bison are also 12th (43.4%) and the Leopards 45th (38.9%) in three-point percentage. Three Patriot Leaguers are ranked in the top 30 in field-goal percentage, five are in the top 45 in free-throw percentage and three sit in the top 35 from beyond the arc.
AMERICAN 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 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...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...The Eagles suffered their first home loss...On Wednesday, they dominated from start to finish in a 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...Wroblicky stands 12th in the country at 64.1% from the field...American is in its exam break and does not return to the court until Dec. 19 at St. Mary's.
ARMY Army broke a five-game losing skid with a big first half in a 67-54 win over St. Francis (Brooklyn) on Saturday...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 as Army limited St. Francis to under 30 percent shooting from the field (16-of-61) and three-point
range (4-of-15)...Wilson averaged 17.0 points in two games last week while shooting 12-of-22 from the field and 5-of-7 from long range...Kevin Ferguson had a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in an 81-64 loss at Columbia on Wednesday...Ferguson is fourth in school history with 57 blocked shots, coming in only 39 games...Army is back in action on Friday when it visits Maine.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY 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 on Saturday...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...Watson also assisted on a pair of three-pointers by
John Papale and had a steal in the game-tying stretch...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...D.J. Irving hit a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to give Boston University a 69-66 win at Quinnipiac on Monday night...It was the fourth win in a row for the Terriers...Irving led the way with 22 points, while Watson had 17 points and seven assists and averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 assists whle making 15-of-25 shots in the two games...BU won despite being outrebounded 47-27 as it held Quinnipiac to 27-of-67 (40.3%) from the field and just 4-of-16 from three-point range...The Terriers are in action at George Washington on Wednesday, then play host to Norfolk State on Sunday...The Colonials mark the third straight BU opponent to enter the game with just one loss.
BUCKNELL 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....Bucknell used a pair of big second-half runs to get past a solid Kent State squad 66-59 on the road on Wednesday...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...Fitzpatrick led the Bison with 16 points, averaging 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds for the week...Kent State had been 8-1 overall and 7-0 at home coming into the game, and came in at No. 15 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll...Bucknell is now off for exams and returns to action on Dec. 20 at Marist.
COLGATE Colgate hung tough, but Georgetown held on for a 61-55 win over the Raiders on Saturday...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..Austin Tillotson led the Raiders with 21 points while making 5-of-7 shots, 3-of-3 three-pointers and all eight free throws...Tillotson is 14-of-16 from the field, 7-of-7 from three-point range and 11-of-11 at the line in the last two games...He is in the top 50 nationally in three categories, including seventh in field-goal percentage at 66.7%...After its four-game win streak came to an end, Colgate tries to get back on track at home against Fordham on Tuesday.
HOLY CROSS Holy Cross went into its exam break with a 90-78 loss at Hartford on Saturday...The Crusaders saw their three-game win streak come to an end... Dave Dudzinski had 17 points and went over 1,000 for his career...Malcolm Miller had a career-high 18 points to lead Holy Cross...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...Dudzinski is up to 1,011 career points after totaling 22 in a 62-57 win over Albany on Wednesday...He scored 13 of the final 15 points after the score was tied at 47-47 with eight minutes to play..Dudzinski stands third in the Patriot League with 17.6 points per game...The Crusaders are back in action when they host Canisius on Dec. 16.
LAFAYETTE Freshman Nick Lindner had another outstanding outing with 24 points to lead Lafayette to an 86-79 win at Sacred Heart on Saturday...Seth Hinrichs also finished in double figures with 17 points...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...The Leopards used a 14-0 first-half run to go on to a 77-65 win over Wagner on Tuesday...Bryce Scott led four players in double figures with 18 points, while Lindner had 17...Lindner averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 assists last week, making 19-of-20 free throws and 10-of-16 field-goal attempts while turning the ball over just once in the two contests...He earned his second consecutive Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award on Monday...Lafayette leads the Patriot League with 78.2 points per game, and is third in the nation at the foul line with an 80.5% clip...The Leopards have a three-game win streak and are off until they host Immaculata on Dec. 17.
LEHIGH 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 on Saturday...The Mountain Hawks won 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..Kempton finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead Lehigh to a 57-50 win at St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday...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...Kempton averaged 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds last week, shooting 9-of-18 from the field and 13-of-16 at the foul line...The Mountain Hawks take their three-game overall win streak and 3-0 home mark into a matchup against LIU Brooklyn on Monday night.
LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds closed out a 1-2 week with a 70-58 loss at Mount St. Mary's on Saturday... Mount St. Mary's closed the first half with a 17-4 run for a 32-27 lead, and pulled away after intermission for the 12-point win..Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 13 points, while Franz Rassman scored 12...Loyola's win came on Wednesday when it opened the second half with a 16-6 stretch and pulled away from there for a 87-75 win over Division III Catholic...Cormier led five players in double figures with 23 points as Loyola shot 53% (35-of-66) from the field in the game...West Virginia posted a 96-47 win over Loyola on Monday...Cormier led Loyola with 11 points, snapping his streak of five-consecutive 20-point games to open the season..Cormier had the longest season-opening run of 20-point games in Loyola's Division I history, and first at any point since 2006-07...He stands sixth in the country and leads the Patriot League with 23.6 points per game...Loyola is on exam break and does not return until it hosts Stony Brook on Dec. 19.
NAVY Tilman Dunbar had a career-high 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Navy held off a late charge for a 79-74 win over The Citadel on Wednesday...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...Dunbar made eight free throws in the final 1:14 to help seal the win...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...The Mids have their first three-game win streak since January 2011, and open 4-0 at Alumni Hall for the first time since winning their first nine home games in 2008-09...It is Navy's first four-game home win streak at any point since the 2009-10 season...Navy is in its break for final exams before returning to action at Bryant on Saturday.