Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 12.16.13

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Dec. 16, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy became the first Patriot League team to return from exam break when it fell at Bryant on Saturday. While a few other teams are just entering their break, many others are ready to return to the court now.

Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_MBB
*All 10 Patriot League teams will play at least once this week heading into a holiday break.
*Holy Cross returns from an eight-day exam break when it hosts Canisius on Monday.
*Lafayette comes back from its exam period when it welcomes Immaculata on Tuesday.
*Loyola Maryland and American each return from exam break Thursday.
*Each of the four aforementioned teams will have multiple games this week.
*Bucknell comes back from its break when it visits Marist on Friday, while Lehigh returns by hosting Quinnipiac Saturday.
*The Mountain Hawks are 4-0 at home for the third consecutive season.
*Boston University is at Maryland on Saturday and Army goes to Rutgers on Sunday, with both games on ESPN3.
*Five teams are at home this week, including a pair of home contests for Loyola.
*Patriot League teams are 22-10 at home for the year, with Navy and Lehigh at 4-0 and Holy Cross and Loyola at 2-0.
*Patriot League teams are 46-45 for the season, with a 42-22 mark against the other Mid-Major conferences.

Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Dec. 9-15)
Anaconda Player of the Week
KYLE WILSON, ARMY So., F, 6-4, 190; Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills (USMAPS)
Wilson scored 24 points to lead Army to a 90-80 victory at Maine on Friday evening. He shot 7-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 from long range and 7-of-9 at the foul line while also adding three rebounds and an assist in the win. Army won back-to-back games for the first time this season, and also notched its first road victory of the year. Wilson scored 18 points in the second half alone as Army turned a two-point game into a 15-point margin, and he nailed 5-of-6 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win. Wilson, the 2013 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the first time.

Anaconda Rookie of the Week
TIM KEMPTON, LEHIGH Fr., F/C, 6-10, 225; Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy College Prep
Kempton had his second double-double in the last three games as Lehigh ran its winning streak to four with a 76-69 win over LIU Brooklyn on Monday. He scored 13 points and added 10 rebounds to help the Mountain Hawks past the three-time defending NEC champions. Kempton made 4-of-9 shots and 5-of-8 free throws in the game and also added three assists and a block. He has 44 points and 33 rebounds in the last three games, and is second on the team while leading all Patriot League freshmen in both points (13.5) and rebounds (6.1) per game for the year. Kempton receives his first Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award.

Honorable Mention
JESSE CHUKU, LEHIGH So., F, 6-8, 225; London, England/Kimball Union Academy
Chuku had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in a 76-69 win over LIU Brooklyn on Monday.

MAURICE WATSON JR., BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., G, 5-10, 165; Philadelphia, Pa./Boys' Latin
Watson averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds in a pair of games for the Terriers.

DAMON SHERMAN-NEWSOME, COLGATE Jr., G, 6-5, 205; Anchorage, Alaska/Bartlett
Sherman-Newsome averaged 14.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Raiders.

ZACH FONG, NAVY Fr., G, 5-11, 152; Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field
Fong had 21 points while hitting 7-of-10 three-pointers in a 90-80 overtime loss to Bryant on Saturday.

Patriot League Notebook
Returning to the Court
Navy became the first Patriot League team to return from exam break when it fell at Bryant on Saturday. While a few other teams are just entering their break, many others are ready to return to the court now. Holy Cross plays at home on Monday and Lafayette does so on Tuesday, while American and Loyola Maryland play on Thursday and Bucknell visits Marist on Frdiay. Lehigh will return from its 11 days off on Saturday, while Army and Colgate take more than a week off until returning to action on Sunday. BU has the shortest exam break, with five days off from Sunday's game until a trip to Maryland on Saturday.

Split of a Light Weekend
A light weekend of action in Patriot League men's basketball still produced some exciting contests, as Army and Colgate picked up road wins while Navy and Boston University dropped overtime finals. The Black Knights posted a 90-80 win at Maine on Friday, while the Raiders made the short trip to Albany on Saturday and came away with a 69-60 victory. Navy fell 90-80 in overtime at Bryant on Saturday, while Boston University gave up a late lead and lost an 86-82 overtime decision at home against Norfolk State on Sunday.

Patriot League Over .500 for the Season by Handling Mid-Major Foes
Patriot League teams have a cumulative mark of 46-45 for the season, including 44-45 against Division I opponents. Most of the numbers have been compiled by having great success against Mid-Major conference foes. League squads have a 42-22 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 (14-1) and MAAC (5-0), with an 11-6 mark against the Northeast Conference.

Lehigh Valley Schools Will Return with Winning Streaks
Seven Patriot League schools have rolled off winning streaks of three or four games this season, with two squads holding an active run heading into the week. Lehigh won its fourth consecutive game on Monday against LIU Brooklyn, and goes for a five-game run when it hosts Quinnipiac on Saturday. After an 0-5 start, Lafayette has a three-game winning streak as it returns from exam break by hosting Immaculata on Tuesday. Army and Bucknell have not yet won three in a row, but each takes a two-game run into road contests this weekend.

Protecting the Home Court
Patriot League teams are now 22-10 at home for the year, and four squads still have undefeated marks. Navy has opened 4-0 at home for the first time since 2008-09 and has its first four-game home win streak at any point since 2009-10. Lehigh has a 4-0 home record for the third straight season, while Holy Cross and Loyola Maryland are each 2-0 at home this year. Holy Cross, Loyola and Lehigh will each put their undefeated home marks on the line this week.

Little Leaders
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 fifth in Division I in field goal percentage at 67.1%. Boston University's Maurice Watson (5-foot-10) is high in a more convential category for a point guard as he stands 13th in the nation with 6.5 assists per game. Lehigh's Mackey McKnight (6-foot-0) is 26th in the nation in assists and part of the Patriot League's 1,000-point and 400-assist clubs, while Navy's Tilman Dunbar (5-foot-10) and Lafayette's Nick Lindner (5-foot-10) won Patriot League Anaconda weekly awards recently and are enjoying strong seasons.

Dudzinski Joins 1,000-point Club
Holy Cross' Dave Dudzinski became the fifth active 1,000-point scorer in the Patriot League on Dec. 7, with his total of 1,011 joining Loyola's Dylon Cormier (1,402), Bucknell's Cameron Ayers (1,193), BU's D.J. Irving (1,163) and Lehigh's Mackey McKnight (1,053). 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 fifth 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 30th 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.

Shooting Success
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 (11.8) and is second in three-point field-goal percentage (45.7%), while Lafayette (80.5%) and Bucknell (79.0%) rank second and fourth, respecitively, in Division I in free throw percentage. The Bison were also 10th (43.4%) in three-point percentage. Three Patriot Leaguers rank in the top 35 in field-goal percentage, and free-throw percentage, with Colgate's Austin Tillotson fifth in the former and Lafayette's Bryce Scott seventh in the latter.

15 Patriot League Contests to Be Shown On CBS Sports Network
The Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship will be televised on CBS Sports Network for the third year in a row on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., while CBSSN will also air both semifinal games of the Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 8 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. The postseason contests are part of a 15-game schedule of Patriot League men's basketball on CBS Sports Network in 2014.

Team Notebooks
AMERICAN After more than a week off from game action, the Eagles return with a big test at St. Mary's on Thursday evening...It is part of a west coast road swing with American also visiting San Francisco on Sunday...The Eagles lead the Patriot League and rank in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense (60.5 ppg) and three-point field-goal percentage defense (27.0%)...Tony Wroblicky stands 13th in the country by making 64.1% of his shots from the field....American starts a five-game road trip this weekend, and will not return home until its third Patriot League game against Loyola Maryland on Jan. 8.

ARMY Army broke open a close game in the second half to pull out a 90-80 win at Maine on Friday...After holding a two-point lead at halftime, the Black Knights used a 10-0 run to go ahead 65-50 with 14:16 to play...Army led by at least seven points the rest of the way to go on to the 10-point win...Kyle Wilson led Army with 24 points, while Kevin Ferguson finished with 15 and Mo Williams scored 11...The Black Knights made 10-of-21 three-pointers in the game, and forced 18 Maine turnovers...Army has won two straight games following a five-game losing skid...The Black Knights have over a week off for final exams before returning to action on Sunday at Rutgers.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY Maurice Watson Jr. nearly had a triple-double, but it was not enough as Boston University fell 86-82 in overtime against Norfolk State...The game was tight throughout, but BU appeared to be in control after using a 10-4 run for a 67-61 lead with under two minutes to play...Norfolk State's Pendarvis Williams had three baskets and a steal in a 55-second span to tie the score, evening the game at 67-67 with 10 seconds left...BU's John Papale missed a three-pointer to tie at the buzzer...Norfolk State took the lead for good on a three-pointer with 1:44 to play for a 75-72 advantage and went on to the four-point win...Watson had 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, while Papale had a team-high 18 points on 6-of-11 from long range...BU lost despite shooting 28-of-51 (54.9%) from the field and 13-of-28 (46.4%) from three-point range...It was the third-straight loss for the Terriers, with the defeats coming against teams who have a cumulative 26-5 record...George Washington took control with a 24-6 run midway through the second half and went on to a 70-60 victory at home against BU on Wednesday...D.J. Irving led BU with 23 points, while Watson Jr. scored 12 and Dom Morris finished with 10..BU also suffered a 79-68 overtime loss against Harvard at home on Dec. 7...Watson leads the Patriot League and is 13th in Division I with 6.5 assists per game...It does not get any easier as the Terriers next visit Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.

BUCKNELL Bucknell has won two straight games as it prepares to return from a long break for final exams by visiting Marist on Friday...The Bison topped Columbia 57-52 at home on Dec. 7 after winning 66-59 at Kent State on Dec. 4...Kent State had been 8-1 overall and 7-0 at home coming into the game, and came in at No. 15 in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll...Bucknell is third in the Patriot League and 43rd nationally in scoring defense at 64.3 points per game...The Bison are in the top 10 in Division I in free throw percentage (79.0%), three-point field-goal percentage(43.4%) and fewest turnovers per game (9.6)...Bucknell only has two non-League games left, as the Bison will also host Fairfield on Dec. 28 to open a three-game homestand that includes Patriot League games against American and Colgate.

COLGATE Colgate used a 9-0 second-half run to take the lead for good and went on to a 69-60 win at Albany on Saturday...The surge gave the Raiders a 46-41 lead with under 12 minutes to play, and they put the game away when Murphy Burnatowski and Damon Sherman-Newsome hit back-to-back three-pointers for a 63-54 edge with under four minutes left...Burnatowski led the Raiders with 19 points, while Austin Tillotson had 16 and Sherman-Newsome finished with 15...The trio shot 10-of-16 from three-point range as Colgate was just under 50 percent for the game at 13-of-28...Colgate led most of the way at home against Fordham on Tuesday, but the Rams went on a late 11-3 run to turn the tide for a 77-73 win in Hamilton...The Raiders led by as many as 12 points in the first half and were up eight with less than 10 minutes to play...Tillotson led the Raiders with 18 points, while Ethan Jacobs and Sherman-Newsome had 14 and Matt McMullen scored 11... Colgate was over 50 percent from the field at 29-of-57, but hit just 8-of-23 shots from beyond the arc...Colgate still leads the nation with 11.8 three-pointers per game, and is second in three-point field-goal percentage at 45.7%...The Raiders are 12th in the nation in overall field-goal percentage at 50.4%...Tillotson is fifth in the nation by shooting 67.1% from the field for the year...Colgate has a week off before playing Ursinus on Sunday in the opener of a three-game homestand that also includes matchups with Columbia (Dec. 30) and Lehigh (Jan. 2) in the Patriot League opener.

HOLY CROSS Holy Cross returns to the floor on Monday night when it welcomes Canisius to the Hart Center...The Crusaders had been off since losing 90-78 at Hartford on Dec. 7...The loss put an end to their three-game win streak, though Holy Cross is still over .500 at 5-4 for the year...Dave Dudzinski had 17 points in the game and went over 1,000 for his career...Dudzinski is third in the Patriot League with 17.6 points per game and leads the way with 7.6 rebounds per contest...The Crusaders will also play at NJIT on Saturday, and close their non-League slate with visit to Michigan on Dec. 28.

LAFAYETTE After an 0-5 start, Lafayette has a three-game win streak as it returns to the court at home against Immaculata on Tuesday...The Leopards have been off since Dec. 7 when they posted an 86-79 win at Sacred Heart...Freshman Nick Lindner had another outstanding outing with 24 points, while Seth Hinrichs also finished in double figures with 17...Lafayette used a 16-5 run to go ahead 78-72 with under four minutes to play...The Leopards used a 14-0 first-half run to go on to a 77-65 win over Wagner on Dec. 3...Bryce Scott led four players in double figures with 18 points, while Lindner had 17...Lindner averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 assists in the two games, making 19-of-20 free throws and 10-of-16 field-goal attempts while turning the ball over just once in the two contests...Lafayette leads the Patriot League with 78.2 points per game, and is second in the nation at the foul line with an 80.5% clip...Lafayette gets right back on the court Thursday when it visits St. Francis (Brooklyn, and wraps up its non-League slate at Seton Hall on Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

LEHIGH Jesse Chuku and Tim Kempton each posted double-doubles to lead Lehigh to a 76-69 win over LIU Brooklyn on Monday night...The Mountain Hawks head into an 11-day exam break with their fourth-straight win, and also open 4-0 at Stabler Arena for the third year in a row...Lehigh opened up a five-point lead at halftime, and held the advantage throughout the second half...LIU Brooklyn was within one with 13:33 to go before Lehigh scored seven in a row for a 56-48 advantage with 12:17 to play...It was never a one-possession game again, as Lehigh was up by at least four the rest of the way in the 76-69 victory...Chuku finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Kempton had 13 points and 10 boards...Austin Price (13) and Corey Schaefer (10) also scored in double figures while Mackey McKnight had eight points and seven assists...Lehigh shot just under 50 percent from the field at 25-of-53, while holding LIU Brooklyn to under 40 percent at 23-of-58...It was Lehigh's second win in three days after a 70-68 triumph over UMBC on Dec. 7..The Mountain Hawks also beat St. Francis (Pa.) 57-50 (Dec. 4) and Sacred Heart 76-64 (Dec. 1) in their four-game win streak...Lehigh will hope the break does not cool its streak when it returns to action on Saturday at home against Quinnipiac.

LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds return to action with a tough weekend at home when they welcome Stony Brook on Thursday at Saint Joseph's on Saturday...Loyola has not played since a 70-58 loss at Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 7...Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 13 points, while Franz Rassman scored 12...Cormier has scored 20 points or more in six of Loyola's first eight games after his season-opening streak of five in a row was snapped at West Virginia on Dec. 2...He stands fifth in the country and leads the Patriot League with 23.6 points per game...Loyola concludes its non-League schedule on the road at Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 30 before playing its first Patriot League game at home against Navy on Jan. 2.

NAVY Navy rallied late in regulation, but could not keep up in overtime in a 90-80 loss at Bryant on Saturday...Zach Fong hit a pair of three-pointers in the final 16 seconds to bring the Mids from four points down, tying the score at 73-73 with six seconds to go...Bryant pulled away with a 9-0 run in overtime and went on to the 10-point win...Fong led Navy with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from long range, while Worth Smith (14), Tilman Dunbar (14) and Kendall Knorr (12) also scored in double figures...Dunbar just missed a double-double with nine assists, while Will Kelly had 10 rebounds...Navy is next in action at Northern Kentucky on Saturday, and completes its non-League slate at UMBC on Dec. 30...After opening Patriot League play at Loyola Maryland on Jan. 2, Navy finally returns to Alumni Hall to take on Lafayette on Jan. 5...The Mids have opened 4-0 at home for the first time since 2008-09.