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Patriot League Weekend Review: American, Army, BU Improve to 2-0

The second game day for the Patriot League yielded three undefeated teams, three winless teams, and four teams somewhere in between.

Tony Wroblicky and the American Eagles are 2-0 in Patriot League play.
Tony Wroblicky and the American Eagles are 2-0 in Patriot League play.
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Lehigh's Mackey McKnight did his part to give Lehigh a chance to give BU its first Patriot League loss, but D.J. Irving had other ideas. The preseason Patriot League player of the year knocked down two free throws to overcome a late deficit the Mountain Hawks had gained just seconds earlier. Irving finished with 14 points and Maurice Watson Jr. added 10 to go along with 12 assists. McKnight finished with a game-high 23 for Lehigh.

For more on this game, read Ben Miraski's recap.

The aforementioned Ben Miraski can sleep well again tonight knowing that Army now sits atop the Patriot League alongside the media's favorite, BU, after the Black Knights topped Loyola on Sunday. A balanced scoring effort by Army paved the way to victory as four of the five starters scored in double figures, led by Kyle Wilson's 18.

For the uninitiated, this was a coming out party for Loyola's volume-scoring guard, Dylon Cormier. One of the top scorers in the country right now, Cormier shot 10-for-25 from the field for 27 points on a night that saw four other players score in double figures. On most nights 82 points will get it done. Just not against Army, apparently.

Tony Wroblicky's ridiculous box score on Thursday was confined to the bullet section of this recap, but not on this day. American's big man led the Eagles to a 2-0 Patriot League mark with another fully stuffed box score: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. In two games, Wroblicky has totaled 36 points, 16 rebounds, 9 blocks, 9 assists, and five steals. If that doesn't earn him player of the week honors, I'm not sure what will.

For Holy Cross, Milan Brown's bunch saw itself passed to death by American. The Eagles dished out 21 assists on 27 baskets. Offensively, only Dave Dudzinski managed double-digit points as the Crusaders' star big man scored 15 to go with six rebounds.

Other Patriot League Action

  • Bucknell got off the slide against Colgate, dropping the Red Raiders to 0-2 in Patriot League play in the process with a 68-57 win. Chris Haas poured in a game-high 26 points while Cameron Ayers contributed 10 to the Bison's effort. Austin Tillotson was the only Colgate player in double digits, scoring 15 in the loss.
  • This Just In: Brandon Venturini can shoot the ball. Navy's sharp shooter made 8-of-9 from deep for a league-high 28 points in the Midshipmen's 79-71 win over Lafayette. The Leopards got their first solid offensive performance without Seth Hinrichs thanks, in large part, to 20 points from Bryce Scott. Alan Flannigan and Dan Trist each had 14 points in the loss.

Patriot League Standings

Team Record (Conference) Record (Overall)
American Eagles
2-0 6-7
Army Black Knights
2-0 6-7
BU Terriers 2-0 9-6
Bucknell Bison 1-1 6-7
Lehigh Mountain Hawks 1-1 6-7
Loyola Greyhounds 1-1 6-7
Navy Midshipmen 1-1 6-7
Colgate Red Raiders 0-2 6-7
Holy Cross Crusaders 0-2 6-8
Lafayette Leopards 0-2 4-9