Patriot League Men’s Basketball Recap presented by PenFed Credit Union (1.22.22)

WEST POINT ARMY DARK KNIGHTS (12-8, 6-2) 74, AT NAVY FRIENDS (12-6, 5-3 PL) 73 OT
Alumni Hall / Annapolis, Maryland 2 p.m. (ESPN+)

THE SCORE OF THE BOX
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A steal near midfield by junior Chris Mann and the resulting quick lay-up by sophomore goaltender Jalen Rucker with 29 seconds left in overtime proved to be the game-winner for Army West Point, who trailed up to 27 points in a 74-73 comeback win over Navy at Alumni Hall.
* The Black Knights outscored the Mids 47-25 in the second half, as Mann, Rucker and senior guard Aaron Duhart combined for 32 points in the period. Mann also led Army with four points in overtime.
* Mann finished with a career-high 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, while Rucker added 17 points. * Duhart added 13 points and senior guard Josh Caldwell contributed 10 points and five steals to help Army go undefeated this season when three or more players are scoring in double figures.
* Navy senior guard John Carter Jr. finished with 17 points, a team-high 7-of-13 shooting, along with five rebounds and four assists. Carter Jr. broke the 1,000 career point mark during the game.
* Senior guard Greg Summers finished with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor for the Mids. His lay-up with 26 seconds remaining in regulation tied the score at 65, sending the game into extra time.
*Senior forward Richard Njoku scored four of his seven points in overtime and chipped away at a team-high seven rebounds.
* The Mids shot 61% from the ground in the first half and held the Black Knights within 30% to open a 40-18 lead at the break.
SUMMARY: ARMY WEST POINT | MARINE

IN BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS (13-8, 4-4 PL) 80, LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (7-13, 5-3 PL) 74
Case Gym / Boston, Mass. 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

THE SCORE OF THE BOX
BOSTON –Terriers graduate student forward Sukhmail Mathon recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead Boston University to an 80-74 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
* Graduate student guard Javante McCoy and senior guard Jonas Harper added 13 points each, while senior forward Walter Whyte finished with 10 points and eight boards in BU’s second straight victory.
* Senior forward Fletcher Tynen recorded four interceptions while Harper and Mathon had two each for a Terriers team that turned 13 Lehigh turnovers into 22 points.
* Senior forward Jeameril Wilson led three Mountain Hawks in double figures with 18 points to go with nine boards, a team high.
* Junior guard Evan Taylor and freshman guard Keith Higgins Jr. scored 16 points each for Lehigh.
SUMMARY: THE TOP | UNIVERSITY OF BOSTON

AT LOYOLA MARYLAND GREYHOUNDS (12-7, 6-2 PL) 78, AMERICAN EAGLES (5-12, 1-4 PL) 73
Reitz Arena/Baltimore, Maryland 2 p.m. (ESPN+)

THE SCORE OF THE BOX
BALTIMORE –Junior guard Cam Spencer scored a game-high 25 points and dished out five assists to help Loyola Maryland hold off the American for a 78-73 win at Reitz Arena on Saturday afternoon.
* Spencer connected on 9 of 15 from the floor and 4 of 6 from long range to lead a Greyhounds team that shot 63% (31 of 49) on field goals and 47% (9 of 19) from the 3 point range.
*Senior guard Jaylin Andrews and Kenneth Jones finished with 17 and 10 points, respectively. Jones added seven assists to help the Greyhounds improve to 6-2, their best League start since the 2013-14 season.
* American junior forward Connor Nelson scored a career-high 23 points, connecting on 7 of 10 from beyond the arc.
* Sophomore forward Matt Rogers finished with 13 points while graduate student guard Stacy Beckton Jr. added 10 for the Eagles.
* American and Loyola were tied at 37 points apiece in a searing first half. The Eagles shot 80% (16 of 20) from the field, while the Greyhounds connected 71% (17 of 24) before halftime.
SUMMARY: AMERICAN | LOYOLA MARYLAND

BUCKNELL BISON (4-16, 1-7 PL) 68, CHEZ CROISÉS SAINTE-CROIX (3-14, 1-4 PL) 65
Hart Center/Worcester, Mass. 2 p.m. (ESPN+)

THE SCORE OF THE BOX
WORCESTER, Mass. –Sophomore center Andre Screen had his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Bucknell to a 68-65 victory over Holy Cross at Hart Center on Saturday.
* Connected screen on a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining to help the Bison seal their first League win of the season.
* Senior forward Andrew Funk eclipsed 1,000 career points finishing with 14, while junior guard Xander Rice scored a team-high 16 points in the win.
* Freshman forward Ian Motta added 12 points for the Bison for his second consecutive double-digit performance.
* Holy Cross senior forward Gerrale Gates scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to record his sixth double-double of the season. Doors connected on 11 of 24 from the ground and 10 of 13 from the charity strip.
* Sophomore guard Nolan Dorsey scored a career-high 13 points off the bench for the Crusaders.
*Funk joined brother Tommy (Army West Point ’20) in the Patriot League 1,000 point club. They became the second set of siblings in Patriot League history to each score more than 1,000 career points, joining Kevin (Bucknell ’06) and Ted Bettencourt (Holy Cross ’96).
SUMMARY: BUCKNEL | THE HOLY CROSS

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (4-11, 1-3 PL) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (7-10, 3-1 PL)
Cotterell Court/Hamilton, NY 2 p.m. (ESPN+)
HAMILTON, NY- The Patriot League men’s basketball game between Lafayette and Colgate has been postponed due to COVID protocols within the Lafayette men’s basketball program. The contest between the Leopards and Raiders has been rescheduled for Monday, February 14. The ESPN+ broadcast time will be announced at a later date.

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