Navy's Tilman Dunbar
Dec. 22, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army was the only team to win its final game before Christmas as six other Patriot League squads fell on Saturday.
The Black Knights coasted past Rosemont, a Division III opponent, by a 90-48 final at home to improve to 6-5 on the season.
Bucknell saw its six-game winning streak come to an end with a 79-67 defeat at Princeton. Holy Cross also suffered a road loss to an Ivy League opponent as it fell at Harvard 72-65, while Colgate dropped a 73-61 final at St. Francis (NY) and Navy lost to Northern Kentucky 55-46.
Two teams played at ranked opponents, with American falling 65-48 at No. 15/21 Georgetown and Lafayette dropping a 75-50 final at No. 13/16 Minnesota.
Army (6-5) rolled past the Division III Ravens with a balanced effort in the 90-48 win. Josh Herbeck led the way with 19 points and three others scored eight as 16 players got into the scorebooks for the Black Knights. Army held a 55-38 advantage on the boards.
Bucknell (11-2) lost for just the second time this year as Princeton pulled away in the second half for the 79-67 win. The Tigers went on a 15-4 run to take a 62-47 lead with 5:57 left, and the Bison only got as close as nine the rest of the way. Mike Muscala had his eighth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Joe Willman scored 15 points and Cameron Ayers added 14.
Holy Cross (7-5) had a big second-half rally to take the lead, but Harvard recovered down the stretch to earn the 72-65 win. The Crusaders were down 52-38 early in the second half before scoring 15 straight points to go ahead. Holy Cross still held a 60-59 lead with 5:43 left, but Harvard came back with an 8-2 run to take the advantage back for good. Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with 22 points on 7-of-10 from the field, while Justin Burrell added 13.
Colgate (3-9) led early in the second half before St. Francis (NY) went on a 32-13 stretch to take control and go on to the 73-61 win. Murphy Burnatowski paced the Raiders with 19 points while John Brandenburg scored 12, but it was not enough to overcome a sixth straight loss.
Northern Kentucky used an 11-0 run to take a 48-38 lead over Navy (6-7) with 4:57 left and went on to defeat the Mids 55-46. A pair of double-figure scorers led Navy as Tilman Dunbar finished with 12 points and Brandon Venturini scored 11.
No. 15/21 Georgetown closed the first half on an 11-2 run to take a 40-25 lead at the break over American (4-8) and went on to beat the Eagles 65-48. Daniel Munoz led the Eagles with 15 points while Stephen Lumpkins scored 10.
No. 13/16 Minnesota went up by 15 points at halftime and built the advantage throughout the second half for a 75-50 win over Lafayette (5-9). Dan Trist paced the Leopards with 14 points, while Seth Hinrichs had 11 and Joey Ptasinski added 10.
Patriot League teams are now off for the holidays until Friday, when Bucknell is at Loyola University Maryland, Colgate hosts Binghamton and Navy welcomes Albany.
Recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below.