Patriot League Men's Basketball Recap - 12.30.13

Army's Kyle Wilson

Dec. 30, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army was the lone winner as five men's basketball teams completed their non-League schedules on Monday with the start of Patriot League play looming just after the New Year.

The Black Knights took down Coast Guard 68-48 to improve to 4-7 and finish their non-League slate with three wins in four games. Two other teams went down to the wire but could not pull it out, with Colgate losing a 76-70 double-overtime final against Columbia and Lehigh dropping a 70-68 contest at Bryant. Loyola Maryland fell at Miami (Fla.), while Navy dropped its game at UMBC.

Patriot League action tips off on Thursday with all 10 teams in action. Boston University hosts Holy Cross and Loyola welcomes Navy in the first League contests for both the Terriers and Greyhounds, while defending champion Bucknell entertains American, Lafayette hosts Army and Colgate welcomes Lehigh.

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

at Army 68, Coast Guard 48
Box Score
*Army enters Patriot League play with three wins in its last four games after knocking off Coast Guard 68-48 on Monday.
*Kyle Wilson led the way with 16 points, while Josh Herbeck and Larry Toomey each scored 12.
*Army scored the first 12 points of the game and never saw its lead fall below eight at any point.
*The Black Knights led 38-21 at the half and went ahead by as many as 24 points after intermission.

Columbia 76 at Colgate 70 (2OT)
Box Score
*Colgate could not hold on to a lead late in regulation and fell 76-70 in double overtime at home against Columbia on Monday.
*The Raiders were up 62-55 with under two minutes to play before Columbia scored the last seven points of regulation to send the game to overtime.
*The teams were an even 4-4 in the first overtime with neither squad scoring the final three and a half minutes.
*Columbia scored the first five points of the second overtime and held at least a three-point edge the rest of the way.
*Austin Tillotson led the Raiders with 22 points, while Damon Sherman-Newsome scored 15 and Matt McMullen added 10.
*Colgate played without senior starters Murphy Burnatowski and Pat Moore, who were out with injuries.



at Bryant 70, Lehigh 68
Box Score
*Bryant's Alex Francis hit a layup with two seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 70-68 win in a back-and-forth game with Lehigh on Monday.
*Mackey McKnight missed a three-pointer to win at the buzzer as Lehigh's five-game win streak came to an end.
*Lehigh had tied the score at 68-68 on a bucket by Tim Kempton with 18 seconds to go in a game that featured nine ties and 16 lead changes.
*Kempton led the Mountain Hawks with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while McKnight (14), Jesse Chuku (13) and Austin Price (11) also scored in double figures.

at Miami (Fla.) 71, Loyola Maryland 48
Box Score
*Miami (Fla.) opened the game with a 14-1 lead and never looked back in a 71-48 win over Loyola Maryland on Monday.
*After the teams traded 10-0 runs, Miami closed the half with a 9-0 spurt for a 43-20 lead at the break.
*Loyola never got within 20 in the second half as the Hurricanes went on to the win.
*Eric Laster led Loyola with 13 points, while Dylon Cormier had 11 and Tyler Hubbard added 10.
*It was the first time this season that Cormier did not lead the team in scoring, and just the third where he fell below 20 points.

at UMBC 63, Navy 48
Box Score
*Navy led 21-20 at halftime, but could not keep it up in the second half and fell 63-48 at UMBC on Monday.
*The Retrievers took the lead for good when an 8-0 run made it 37-29 with 10:30 to play, and Navy never got closer than six the rest of the way.
*Navy lost at UMBC by 15 after winning the matchup by 15 at home in November.
*Brandon Venturini and Zach Fong led the Mids with 15 points apiece, with Fong hitting 5-of-9 three-pointers.
*Navy was 0-of-1 at the foul line in the game, marking just the fourth time in League history and first since 2008 where a team did not make a free throw.
*The Mids have lost three straight games despite holding a halftime lead in each contest.