Lehigh's C.J. McCollum
Dec. 29, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - All five Patriot League teams fell on Saturday, though three put up very solid performances on the road against teams from BCS-level conferences.
Lehigh took the toughest loss of the group, as the Mountain Hawks' eight-game winning streak and 11-game home winning streak each came to an end as Bryant scored in the final seconds for an 80-79 win at Stabler Arena.
Lafayette, Army and Holy Cross played well on the road, but could not come up with upset victories. The Leopards fell 65-59 at Stanford, the Black Knights lost 61-55 at Texas A & M and the Crusaders dropped a 70-60 final at Boston College. American had the toughest assignment and fell 89-57 at No. 6 Kansas.
Lehigh (9-3) got 34 points from C.J. McCollum, but it was not enough as Bryant got a game-winning layup with 1.3 seconds remaining. The Mountain Hawks trailed by double digits in the first half, but fought back to take a 77-75 lead on McCollum's three-pointer with 2:01 to play. Bryant went back up 78-77, but Lehigh took a 79-78 on a pair of free throws by Mackey McKnight. After an exchange of turnovers, the Bulldogs got the winning bucket in the closing seconds. Lehigh had a chance to win as Gabe Knutson caught a full-court heave, but could not convert the shot. McCollum made 9-of-18 shots, 6-of-10 three-pointers and 10-of-11 free throws, and Lehigh hit 11-of-23 from beyond the arc and 18-of-22 at the foul line. Holden Greiner added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Mackey McKnight had 12 points and seven assists.
Lafayette (5-10) erased a 10-point second-half deficit to take a two-point lead with nine minutes to go, but Stanford regained its advantage and held off the Leopards in a 65-59 victory at Maples Pavilion. The Leopards got back to within 61-59 with 27 seconds to go, but the Cardinal made their foul shots down the stretch. Joey Ptasinski led Lafayette with 17 points, while Seth Hinrichs added 16.
Army (6-6) overcame a seven-point deficit to take a four-point lead at Texas A & M with 5:16 to go, but the Aggies closed the contest on a 12-2 run to knock off the Black Knights. Texas A & M scored its last eight points at the foul line, taking the lead with 43 seconds to go. Army scored only two points in the last five minutes. Kyle Wilson led the Black Knights with 15 points, while Kyle Toth had 13.
Holy Cross (7-6) was within two points early in the second half before Boston College pulled away with a 15-0 run and went on to beat the Crusaders 70-60. Eric Obeysekere led Holy Cross with a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Dave Dudzinski added 15 and Malcolm Miller scored 13.
American (4-9) could not keep up with one of the top teams in the country as the Eagles fell 89-57 at No. 6 Kansas. Stephen Lumpkins led the way with 16 points, John Schoof had 14 and Tony Wroblicky just missed a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.
One team is in action on Sunday as Colgate plays host to New Hampshire.
Recaps and box scores from Saturday's games are included below.