March 2, 2015
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Patriot League will be one of four Division I conferences to open March Madness with the beginning of the League Tournament on Tuesday. A pair of first-round contests are on tap as #10 seed Army visits #7 Navy and #9 Loyola Maryland goes to #8 Holy Cross, with both games tipping at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
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*The Patriot League Tournament begins on Tuesday evening with a pair of first-round contests.
*#10 seed Army visits #7 Navy, while #9 seed Loyola Maryland goes to #8 Holy Cross.
*The two winners will join the other six Patriot League teams in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
*At the top of the bracket, the Loyola/Holy Cross winner goes to #1 Bucknell and #5 Boston University visits #4 Lafayette.
*The other side of the bracket has the Army/Navy winner at #2 Colgate and #6 American visiting #3 Lehigh.
*The first-round and quarterfinal games will all tip at 7 p.m. and be shown on Patriot League Network.
*The semifinals will be held on Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m., with the League Championship on March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
*Both semifinals and the League title game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
*Bucknell won the outright regular-season title and top seed in the League Tournament for the fourth time in five years.
*Lehigh’s Tim Kempton (Player of the Year) and Kahron Ross (Rookie of the Year) both won Patriot League awards Monday.
*Colgate’s Luke Roh (Defensive POY) and Bucknell’s Dave Paulsen (Coach) also won individual honors.
Patriot League Notebook
March Madness Begins with Patriot League Tournament
The Patriot League will be one of four Division I conferences to open March Madness with the beginning of the League Tournament on Tuesday. A pair of first-round contests are on tap as #10 seed Army visits #7 Navy and #9 Loyola Maryland goes to #8 Holy Cross, with both games tipping at 7 p.m. The winners both advance to the quarterfinal round on Thursday with the Army/Navy winner at #2 Colgate along with #6 American at #3 Lehigh on one side of the bracket and the Loyola/HC winner at #1 Bucknell and #5 Boston University at #4 Lafayette on the other. The Tournament continues with the semifinals on Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. and the Patriot League Championship on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. The first round and quarterfinal games will be shown on Patriot League Network, with the semifinals and championship on CBS Sports Network. Tickets for all Patriot League Tournament games are available through the individual host schools.
Bucknell Earns Outright Regular-Season Title, Top Seed in League Tournament
In one of the most competitive seasons in the 25-year history of Patriot League men’s basketball, it was only fitting that the top seed in the League Tournament came down to a final shot as Bucknell survived a buzzer-beating attempt by American for a 71-69 win over the Eagles on Saturday. With the win, Bucknell finishes 13-5 in the Patriot League to claim the outright regular-season title and top seed in the League Tournament for the sixth time, and fourth in the past five seasons. The Bison will get to host each game they play in the League tourney, and are also guaranteed a postseason berth as they will head to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) if they do not win the Patriot League title.
Colgate Finishes Strong to Post Highest Patriot League Win Total
Colgate did not end up with the regular-season title or top seed, but its 61-55 win over Lehigh on Saturday gave the Raiders a school-record 12 wins in Patriot League action. Colgate finished in the top-two in the standings for the first time since 1996, and will host a quarterfinal at Cotterell Court for the first time since 2008. The Raiders did not lose consecutive games at any point in Patriot League action, and were not swept by any League opponents.
Army Looks to Extend a Streak, Navy Aims to Break One
Army and Navy have two very different streaks on the line in Tuesday’s first-round game, with one looking to maintain its run and the other hoping to put an end to its stretch. Army is trying to win a Patriot League Tournament game for the third straight season, which would match the 2007-09 run of quarterfinal wins as the longest streak where the Black Knights won at least one Tournament game. Navy, on the other hand, has the longest conference tournament losing streak in the nation at 14 consecutive games. The Mids started the run by falling in the 2001 title game at Holy Cross, and have lost their first game in the past 13 Patriot League Tournaments.
First-Round Hosts Enjoy Their Court in League Tournament
Holy Cross and Navy both look to build on impressive records at home in the Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders have an 18-4 mark at the Hart Center in Patriot League Tournament action, while the Mids are 9-2 at Alumni Hall. However, there is some hope for the visitors as a handful of those losses have come in recent seasons. Holy Cross had lost two straight League Tournament games at the Hart Center in 2011 and 2012 before beating Lehigh in the quarterfinals last season, while Navy has lost its last two appearances at home in the 2008 and 2009 quarterfinals, with both defeats coming in overtime.
Army/Navy Meet for Sixth Time in Patriot League Tournament
Rivals Army and Navy have not faced off in the Patriot League Tournament since 2001, but they had plenty of prior history in the event as the Mids hold a 4-1 lead in League Tournament contests. Navy has a 3-0 record in League Tournament games against Army at Alumni Hall, beating the Black Knights at home in the quarterfinals in 1994, 1998 and 2001. Navy also won a semifinal at Army in 1995, while the Black Knights scored their lone win in a neutral-site quarterfinal in 1996. The other first-round matchup is a first in the Patriot League Tournament as Loyola heads to Holy Cross.
Wrapping up the Patriot League Regular Season
The Patriot League finished with a seven-game difference in the standings from top to bottom, marking the closest conference race in Division I. It was also the only league where every team posted at least six wins in conference play. Home teams went 54-36 in Patriot League play, with seven squads finishing over .500 at home in League action and six of those recording at least six victories. There were 27 splits in the 45 completed Patriot League series, and Bucknell led all schools with five series sweeps while Colgate recorded three. Of the 90 Patriot League games, 24 were within a three-point margin, 43 were decided by six points or less and only 25 were a margin greater than 10 points. Eight Patriot League games went to overtime, while there were 13 instances of a shot to win a game in the final 20 seconds.
Major Awards and All-Patriot League Team Announced on Monday
Lehigh sophomore Tim Kempton was named Player of the Year and freshman Kahron Ross earned Rookie of the Year recognition when the All-Patriot League Team and major awards were announced on Monday. Colgate senior Luke Roh was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and Bucknell’s Dave Paulsen took home his third Patriot League Coach of the Year honor. The full listing of major awards, All-Patriot League and All-Rookie honors is included here
Patriot League Tournament – First Round
#10 Army Black Knights (15-14, 6-12) at #7 Navy Midshipmen (12-18, 8-10)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. – Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Rivals Army and Navy meet in the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2001 in a first-round contest Tuesday.
*Navy won that quarterfinal game 92-73 at home, and has a 4-1 record in the League Tournament against Army.
*That record includes a 3-0 mark at Alumni Hall for the Mids, and a 3-1 advantage in quarterfinal contests.
*The Mids also beat the Black Knights at home in the quarterfinals in 1998 (79-52) and 1994 (96-84).
*Navy also won a semifinal matchup at Army with a 70-59 victory over the Black Knights in 1995.
*Army’s lone League Tournament win over Navy was a 64-58 victory in a quarterfinal played at Holy Cross in 1996.
*Navy is trying to win all three games this season between the squads after sweeping Army in the regular season.
*The Mids posted a 75-66 win at Army on Jan. 10, and won the Star Game 67-59 at home over the Black Knights on Feb. 7.
*Navy has a 9-2 home record in the League Tournament, but has lost two straight in the 2008 and 2009 quarterfinals.
*The Mids are trying to end a 14-game losing streak in the League Tournament with their first win since 2001.
*Navy has lost its first contest in the League tourney in 13 straight years, including a first-round defeat at Colgate last season.
*Army has opened the Patriot League Tournament with a win in each of the last two seasons.
#9 Loyola Greyhounds (11-18, 7-11) at #8 Holy Cross Crusaders (13-15, 8-10)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass. – Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Loyola Maryland and Holy Cross meet in the first round of the League Tournament after playing a close game last week.
*The Crusaders scored the final four points to emerge with a 63-60 win at home on Wednesday.
*The teams split the season series after Loyola beat Holy Cross 64-54 at home on Jan. 29.
*Holy Cross has played well at home with wins in five of the last six games at the Hart Center.
*Loyola has lost four straight and six of its past seven road contests.
*The Crusaders are trying to win a League Tournament game in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2009 & 2010.
*Holy Cross beat Lehigh at home in the quarterfinals last year, and is 18-4 at home in the League Tournament.
*Loyola plays its first League Tournament road game after falling at home against Lafayette in last year’s first round.
Lids Team Sports Patriot League Weekly Awards (Feb. 23-March 1)
LIDS TEAM SPORTS PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MALCOLM MILLER, HOLY CROSS Sr., F, 6-7, 210; Laytonsville, Md./Gaithersburg
Miller was on first to conclude the regular season as he averaged 23.5 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 78.9% from the field and 87.5% from beyond the arc in a pair of wins for the Crusaders last week. He opened with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 6-of-8 at the line with four rebounds in a 63-60 win over Loyola Maryland at home on Wednesday. He also came up big down the stretch by putting the Crusaders ahead 61-60 on a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left and sealing the win with tow more at the line in the final seconds. Miller saved his best for last as he closed the regular season with a career-high 30 points in a 77-70 win at Boston University on Saturday, matching the most for any player in a Patriot League game this season. Miller made 10-of-13 shots, 6-of-7 three-pointers and all four free throws in the victory and also pulled down six rebounds. After Holy Cross’ lead was trimmed to two with 8:34 left, Miller hit three three-pointers, one of which became a four-point play, as part of an 11-2 run that put the Crusaders back ahead comfortable. Miller earns the second Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week award of his career.
LIDS TEAM SPORTS PATRIOT LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
J.C. SHOW, BUCKNELL Fr., G, 6-2, 204, Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights
Show led the freshman contingent that combined for 49 points to lead Bucknell to a 71-69 win at American on Saturday that clinched the outright regular-season title and top seed in the Patriot League Tournament for the Bison. Show scored a team-high 20 points while making 8-of-13 shots from the field. He scored 13 points in the final 10:20 of the contest, including nine of the team’s last 12 in the final four minutes as the Bison pulled out a back-and-forth game. Show stepped up late by making both ends of a 1-and-1 to push Bucknell’s lead to four with 21 seconds left. It was his second 20-point game of the year, and Show averaged 13.5 points for the week as he also scored seven with four assists in an 84-65 loss at Lehigh on Wednesday. Show is named Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
NICK LINDNER, LAFAYETTE So., G, 5-11, 166; Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy
Lindner had a career-high 30 points and six assists in a loss to Colgate on Wednesday before putting up 15 points and nine assists in a key win over Army on Saturday.
DAMON SHERMAN-NEWSOME, COLGATE Sr., G, 6-5, 205; Anchorage, Alaska/Bartlett
Sherman-Newsome had 28 points in a win over Lafayette on Wednesday, and averaged 19.5 in two wins last week.
MARKO VASIC, AMERICAN Jr., F, 6-5, 200; Belgrade, Serbia/Aim High Prep (Mich.)
Vasic filled the stat sheet with averages of 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in two games for the Eagles.
JUSTIN ALSTON, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., F, 6-8, 220; Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll
Alston averaged 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds and shot 70 percent from the field as the Terriers split a pair of games.
KAHRON ROSS, LEHIGH Fr., G, 5-11, 155; Jonesboro, Ark./Jonesboro
Ross had 17 points and 10 assists to lead Lehigh to an 84-65 win over first-place Bucknell on Wednesday.
AMERICAN American will play as the No. 6 seed in the Patriot League Tournament after nearly knocking off regular-season champion Bucknell at home on Saturday…The Bison won 71-69 in a game that featured 26 lead changes and 12 ties…The Eagles had two chances in the final 10 seconds to go ahead, but missed a pair of free throws and had Pee Wee Gardner’s half-court heave just come off the rim at the buzzer…Marko Vasic led the Eagles with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists…Vasic wasalso the top player in a 68-49 home win over Navy on Wednesday as he put up 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists…The No. 6 spot is American’s lowest in the Patriot League Tournament, and the team finished under .500 in League play for just the second time in its 14 seasons…American’s Pee Wee Gardner earned second-team All-League honors while Jesse Reed was named to the third team on Monday…The Eagles open the League Tournament in the quarterfinals at No. 3 Lehigh on Thursday.
ARMY Army had two players earn honors on Monday as Tanner Plomb made the second-team All-Patriot League squad while Kyle Wilson was selected to the third team…Plomb earns his first Patriot League recognition, while Wilson repeats on the All-League squad after receiving the Rookie of the Year award as a freshman in 2013…Plomb had 23 points and Wilson scored 22 on Saturday, but the Black Knights fell 74-64 at Lafayette…Plomb averaged 22.5 points in two games last week and finished second in Patriot League contests with 16.9 points per game…Army has lost eight of its last nine games entering the Patriot League Tournament…The Black Knights are one of two teams who have a won a League Tournament game in consecutive seasons, and go for a third in a first-round game at Navy on Tuesday.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY The Terriers were unable to lock down a home game in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament as they fell 77-70 against Holy Cross on Saturday…Boston U would have been at home as the No. 4 seed with a win, but instead is the No. 5 and travels to No. 4 Lafayette to open the League Tournament in the quarterfinals on Thursday evening…BU trailed throughout the entire second half, cutting Holy Cross’ lead to two with 8:34 left only to see the Crusaders respond with an 11-2 run to pull away…Cedric Hankerson led the way with 17 points in the game, and represented the Terriers on the All-Patriot League Team as a second-team selection on Monday…Cheddi Mosely earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team. BU finished 9-9 in the Patriot League, marking the 15th straight season it has gone .500 or better in conference play…The last two of those have come in the Patriot League after 13 in the America East.
BUCKNELL It came down to the buzzer at American on Saturday, but Bucknell prevailed 71-69 to earn the outright regular-season title and top seed in the Patriot League Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons…The Bison are outright regular-season champs and the top seed for the sixth time, and their nine overall regular-season title are four more than any other Patriot League school…As the top seed, the Bison earn an automatic berth to the National Invitation Tournament(NIT) if they do not win the Patriot League title…Bucknell used a 12-4 run to go up 66-59 with just over two minutes left at American, but the Eagles would not go away…American got back within one with 12 seconds left, but missed a pair of free throws for the lead and a desperation heave from half-court at the buzzer that would have won the game in the final seconds…J.C. Show led the Bison with 20 points, while Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas each scored 12 as the freshman trio accounted for 44 points…Dave Paulsen was honored on Monday for leading the Bison to the regular-season title as he was voted Patriot League Coach of the Year for the third time in the last five seasons…Chris Hass earned first-team All-Patriot League status, while Foulland was selected to the All-Rookie squad…Bucknell will host a quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament for the sixth straight year when it takes on the Loyola/Holy Cross winner on Thrusday.
COLGATE The Raiders capped their best Patriot League season in nearly two decades with a 61-55 win at home against third-place Lehigh on Saturday…Colgate finishes in second place in the Patriot League, and its 12 League wins set a school record…The Raiders are a top-two seed in the League Tournament for the first time since 1996…Colgate finished the first half on a 19-5 run to take a 42-32 halftime lead against Lehigh, and used a late 11-2 run to pull away after the Mountain Hawks had closed within two points midway through the second half… Matt McMullen, Damon Sherman-Newsome and Ethan Jacobs all shared team honors with 11 points on Senior Day, with Sherman-Newsome hitting the 1,000-point mark for his career.Sherman-Newsome was named to the first-team All-Patriot League squad on Monday, while Jacobs earned second-team recognition…Luke Roh captured the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year award, becoming the first individual award winner for the Raiders since 2001…Colgate looks to advance to the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2009 when the Raiders host the Army/Navy winner in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday.
HOLY CROSS Malcolm Miller closed his regular season in style as he averaged 23.5 points to lead the Crusaders to a pair of victories last week…After scoring 17 and hitting four late free throws to help Holy Cross pull out a 63-60 win at home against Loyola on Wednesday, Miller tallied a career-high 30 points in a 77-70 triumph at Boston University on Saturday…He made 10-of-13 shots and 6-of-7 three-pointers in the game, and hit a trio of threes as part of an 11-2 run that built Holy Cross’ lead back to double digits late in the second half after BU had closed within two….Miller was named Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his performance…He was also recognized for his season with second-team All-Patriot League honors…Holy Cross will play as the No. 8 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and host No. 9 Loyola in a first-round game on Tuesday…The Crusaders have won three straight and five of the last six at home.
LAFAYETTE The Leopards needed a win and some help to rise up to the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday, and that’s exactly what happened as they earned that final spot to host in the quarterfinals on Thursday…Lafayette did its part with a 74-64 win over Army as Dan Trist scored 24 points on 12-of-21 shooting and Nick Lindner finished with 15 points and nine assists…The Leopards led by as many as 15 points in the second half before Army closed to within one with fiveminutes to play…Lindner pushed the lead back to five with a three-point play with 3:22 left to start a closing 11-3 run for the 10-point win…Lafayette got the help it needed when Boston University lost its regular-season finale at Holy Cross, and the Leopards will be the No. 4 seed and host No. 5 BU in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday…Trist received unanimous first-team All-Patriot League recognition as he led all players in scoring both for the season (17.7 ppg) and in League play (18.4 ppg)…Nick Lindner and Hinrichs each made the third-team All-League squad as Lafayette boasted three All-League honorees for the first time since 2004…Hinrichs earned his third All-Patriot League nod…The Leopards are trying to win at least one Patriot League Tournament game for a sixth consecutive season.
LEHIGH After leading the team all season, Tim Kempton and Kahron Ross captured the top honors in the Patriot League on Monday…Kempton, the Patriot League’s leading rebounder, was named Player of the Year after receiving the Rookie of the Year award last season…He is the fourth sophomore to win the Player of the Year award, and the third to claim the Rookie and Player of the Year honors ineach of his first two seasons…Ross was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, giving Lehigh a repeat winner and fifth recipient of the award in the past nine seasons…Ross leads the Patriot League and is 20th in the nation with 5.8 assists per game, which tops all Division I freshmen…Kempton was a unanimous first-team All-Patriot League selection while Ross was a third-team honoree as well as an All-Rookie pick…Ross became the first freshman to make the All-Patriot League squad since current NBA players C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) and Mike Muscala (Bucknell) did it in 2010…Lehigh has the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, and finished in third place after it fell 61-55 at Colgate on Saturday…Kempton had 18 points and 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the year, but the Mountain Hawks went cold in the final 10 minutes after cutting Colgate’s lead to two…
LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds had a tough finish to the regular season as they lost 57-47 at home against Navy on Saturday and will go on the road as the No. 9 seed in the Patriot League Tournament…Loyola fell behind the Mids by 18 points in the first half, but cut the margin to four early in the second half…Navy later responded with a 10-1 run on its way to the 10-point win…Cam Gregory posted his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the game…Loyola was the only team to have multiple honorees on the All-Rookie squad as Gregory made the list along with his freshman classmate Andre Walker…Loyola plays in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament for the second year in a row when it visits No. 8 Holy Cross on Tuesday…The Greyhounds are going for their first Tournament win.
NAVY The Mids matched their highest Patriot League win total since 2009 by finishing 8-10 after beating Loyola 57-47 on the road on Saturday…Navy took a 27-9 lead in the first half, and after Loyola cut it to four points the Mids responded with a 10-1 run and went on to the 10-point win… Worth Smith led Navy with 20 points while Will Kelly scored 14 and Brandon Venturini, who went over 1,000 career points in the game, finished with 11…Smith had an outstanding League season for theMids and was named a first-team All-Patriot League selection on Monday…He became Navy’s first player on the first team since Chris Harris in 2010…Navy will host a Patriot League Tournament game for the first time since 2009 when the No. 7 seed Mids welcome No. 10 Army on Tuesday night…Navy swept the rival Black Knights during the regular season, and is going for its first League Tournament win since 2001.