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Patriot League Tournament: Loyola and Lafayette move on

Loyola used a second-half comeback to earn a win while Lafayette had just enough in the tank.

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The Patriot League Tournament got underway on Tuesday with a pair of opening-round games on campus sites. Loyola and Lafayette overcame a few obstacles to beat Army and American respectively, and advanced to face the top seeds in the tournament.

Army 79, Loyola 82

The Greyhounds climbed back from a 10-point hole to beat the Black Knights. Much of Loyola’s success came from a 65.7 percent field goal mark in the second half. Guards Andrew Kostecka and Andre Walker combined for 39 points and 11 assists to lead the Greyhounds. Sophomore KaVaughn Scott also had himself a game, scoring 10 points and securing eight assists in just 14 minutes. Loyola will face Bucknell in Lewisburg on Thursday.

American 86, Lafayette 93

Lafayette used blistering-hot three-point shooting to overcome Sa’eed Nelson’s 41 points and nine assists for American. The Leopards never trailed in this one because Matt Klinewski poured in 23 and Justin Jaworski hit 4 of 5 from three. Despite the loss, Nelson moved into fourth place on the Patriot League all-time scoring list with his 14-20 shooting performance. Lafayette will attempt to take down Colgate on Thursday.

Updated Patriot League Tournament Bracket: