Thursday, January 03, 2008
Kyle Roemer scored 17 points to lead the Raiders past the Black Bears 70-62.

The Raiders scored first and never trailed. to improve to 8-5 with its second win in a row The eight non-conference wins over Division I opponents are the most for a Colgate team since Adonal Foyle was a junior -- in high school (1992-93).

Tim Pounds (14 points) and Kendall Chones (11) also reached double figures for Colgate.
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Monday, December 31, 2007
For the second game in a row, the Radiers were held under 50 points. This time, though, they managed to score just enough to get the win.

If you look at the box score, you'd have a tough time believing it was close. On the scoreboard, though, Colgate escaped with a 49-46 win after the Wildcats missed two three-pointers in the final 1:03 that could have sent the game to overtime.

Particularly quirky from a statistical viewpoint was the first half, which ended with UNH up 27-24 despite the Raiders holding them to 26.7 percent (8-30) shooting from the field. Colgate didn't exactly shoot the lights out in the half, but it did shoot 39.1 percent (9-23) from the field.

The difference was 5 UNH three-pointers (on 10 attempts) to 3 for Colgate (11 tries) and UNH's 6 for 8 showing at the foul line. Colgate was 3 for 8 on first half free throws.

In front of a Colgate-esque crowd of 703, the Raiders finished 19 of 42 (45.2 percent) from the field, 4 for 16 at the arc and just 7 of 15 at the foul line. New Hampshire shot 25.9 percent from the field (14-54), 7 of 23 from three-point range and 11 of 15 at the charity stripe.

Alex Woodhouse was the only Colgate player in double figures. The springy 6-8 junior scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Woodhouse was 7 for 7 from the field and 3 for 5 at the foul line. His free throw with 3:55 to play was Colgate's only point in the final 6:57, a stretch where they nearly saw a 10-point lead evaporate thanks to 0 for 6 shooting and 3 turnovers.

The turnovers were a problem all afternoon for the Raiders, who coughed the ball up 23 times.
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Sunday, December 30, 2007
A pair of afternoon games on today's three-game schedule, starting with Colgate at New Hampshire at 1 p.m. That game is followed by Holy Cross at Sacred Heart at 4 p.m. Lafayette closes the day with a 7 p.m. start at Robert Morris in the first of two games in the Pittsburgh area in four days for the Leopards, who will stay in western Pa. to meet Pitt Wednesday.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE: Now in his third season at UNH, former Drexel and East Carolina head coach Bill Herrion is finding it tough to turn the Wildcats program around. Winners of 22 games total his first two seasons, New Hampshire is on a similar pace after losing its last six in a row, turning a 3-1 start into its current 3-7 mark.

The Wildcats are 2-3 at home, but have lost the last three in a row in Detrick Gymnasium.

that UNH has actually outscored its opponents this season, averaging 71.8 points per game while allowing 71.3, is a statistical oddity brought about by a 49-point win over Division III Suffolk and a tendency to play close in losses. Only one loss came by more than 11 points and four of the Wildcats' setbacks have been by six or less points.

Four players average in double figures -- 6-2 junior Tyrece Gibbs (13.5 ppg), 6-8 senior Mike Christensen (13.1 ppg), 6-1 junior Eric Gilchrese (11.8 ppg) and 6-1 freshman Alvin Abreu (11.8 ppg). Gibbs is the top three-point threat, averaging 2.5 per game and hitting at a 43.1 percent clip from the arc.
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    SCOUTING SACRED HEART: After an 0-6 start, the Pioneers have begun to come around, winning four of their last six, the two losses coming on the road to Providence and Boston College by a combined 10 points.

    Drew Skukik, a 6-4 senior, leads Sacred Heart with 11.6 points and 6 rebounds per game. Brice Brooke, a 6-7 senior, averages 10.7 ppg.
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    SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS: The Colonials are 7-5 under first-year head coach Mike Rice, who came to RMU after serving as Jamie Dixon's top assistant at Pitt.

    Tony Lee leads Robert Morris. The 6-0 senior guard is the team's top rebounder (7.3 rpg), top assists man (7.6 apg) and second-leading scorer (14.3 ppg.) He also teams with 6-8 sophomore Jeremy Chappell to give opposing offenses fits. Lee leads the Northeast Conference with 3.25 steals per game. Chappell is second with 2.9 per game. Chappell also scores a team-high 16.7 ppg.

    A.J. Jackson, a 6-6 senior, is averaging 13.3 ppg.

    Sophomore point guard Jimmy Langhurst is averaging 10.9 ppg and has hit 13 of 20 from the arc in the Colonials' last three games. Over the last seven games he has dished out 31 assists while turning the ball over just 10 times.

    While Langhurst has been taking good care of the ball, others have struggled for RMU. The Colonials average 18.4 turnovers per game, which puts a damper on an offense that is shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

    In RMU's five losses, opponents have averaged 26 points per game off RMU turnovers. In its seven wins, opponents have scored 17.4 points per game off Colonials' giveaways.
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  • Thursday, December 27, 2007
    It was a happy holiday season for American and Lafayette, as both teams went into the Christmas break with momentum. When the Eagles knocked off Maryland, 67-59, on Saturday, it marked the first victory for a Patriot League school against any ACC opponent since 2001. The Leopards won a pair of road games against Towson and Mount St. Mary's during the week. For their efforts, Lafayette junior Andrew Brown and freshman Deirunas Visockas earned Patriot League Anaconda Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

    Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 12.26.07

    Anaconda Player of the Week (Dec. 17-23)

    Andrew Brown, Lafayette Jr., G, 5'11, 175, Littleton, Colo./Heritage

    After sitting out the Dec. 19 game at Towson with a nagging heel injury, Brown returned to the lineup with a career-high 32 points and a school-record nine three-pointers in Lafayette's 76-72 win over Mount St. Mary's on Friday. Brown hit six three-pointers in the first half as Lafayette built a 20-point halftime lead, and nailed three in the second half. His final three-pointer came with 27 seconds left and provided the final margin. The nine three-pointers topped the previous school record of eight held by three players (Larry Spigner, Tyson Whitfield and Brown who hit eight against Holy Cross last season). He made 11-of-16 shots overall, and 9-of-14 from three-point range. Brown leads Lafayette and is second in the Patriot League with 18.0 points per game. He has made 40 three-pointers and is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. Brown earns his first-ever Anaconda Player of the Week nod, and the first for a Lafayette men's basketball student-athlete since 2005-06.

    Anaconda Rookie of the Week (Dec. 17-23)

    Deirunas Visockas, Lafayette Fr., G, 6'3, 185, Los Angeles, Calif./University

    Visockas poured in 14 points, including four three-pointers, in Lafayette's 79-69 overtime victory over Towson on Wednesday. He connected on a three-pointer and a layup as Lafayette outscored Towson, 17-7, in the extra session. He made 5-of-9 shots and 4-of-8 three-pointers in the game. Visockas also chipped in by making his only shot of the game, a three-point field goal, in Lafayette's 76-72 win over Mount St. Mary's on Friday. He leads the Patriot League in three-point shooting at 55 percent for the season (11-of-20). Visockas earns his first Anaconda Rookie of the Week honor.

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    American's Big Win Highlights Solid Weekend
    Six years to the day after they recorded the Patriot League's first and only win over an ACC team, the American Eagles accomplished the feat again with a 67-59 triumph over Maryland on Saturday. Derrick Mercer had 18 points in the game, and American led by at least five points throughout the second half as it knocked off Maryland for the first time in 80 years and 14 meetings. American recorded the only other win over an ACC opponent when it knocked off Florida State on Dec. 22, 2001 in its first season of competition as a Patriot League member. The Eagles were not the only team to come through over the weekend, as Lafayette, Navy and Army also recorded victories. The Leopards beat Mount St. Mary's, 76-72, for their third win in a row, while Army won its second straight with a 59-56 triumph over Dartmouth. Navy beat Maryland-Eastern Shore, 85-61. Holy Cross, Bucknell and Colgate all fell on the road, with the Crusaders losing at Siena, 84-77, in overtime.

    Back in Action After Christmas Break

    All eight Patriot League teams have off for Christmas break from Monday-Thursday, but seven of the squads return to the court beginning on Friday. And once again, the schedule will be road-heavy with seven of the eight games away from home. Bucknell plays North Dakota State in the Golden Bear Classic at Cal. The Bison will also take the court on Saturday against either Cal or Long Beach State. Lehigh returns from its 20-day layoff to host Monmouth on Friday. In addition to Bucknell's game on Saturday, American is at No. 8 Georgetown and Navy visits St. Francis (N.Y.). The week concludes with three games on Sunday, with Colgate at New Hampshire, Holy Cross at Sacred Heart and Lafayette at Robert Morris.

    Patriot League Teams on Record Pace
    With a 47-39 record, the Patriot League is on pace for it best-ever non-League mark. The top record thus far, and only winning mark, came in a 54-53 effort in the 2000-01 season. Last season was the only other campaign at the .500 mark in non-League action, as the Patriot League's 60 wins were the most in its 17-year history. The 47 non-League wins are already the seventh-highest total in Patriot League history, which is made even more impressive being the first season of an all Division I schedule for the League. Patriot League teams still have 31 games remaining to boost the win total, as well as any postseason competition. The remaining strech will be difficult, however, as 21 of the 31 games will be played away from home and games against Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Mississippi State are left.

    Don't Adjust Your Eyes
    A quick glance at the Patriot League statistics would be enough to give anyone a "Brown" out. The surname Brown appears prominently in the League leaderboard, as Army's Jarell Brown and Lafayette's Andrew Brown appear right next to each other in multiple categories. Jarell leads the League in scoring with 19.6 ppg, while Andrew is second with 18.0 ppg. Both players are tied for third in three-point field goal percentage at 50 percent, and Andrew has a slight lead over Jarell for the top spot in three-pointers made per game. They are both in the top ten in overall field goal percentage and foul shooting. Each player does get to avoid the other "Brown" in some categories. Andrew is seventh in assists, and Jarell is eighth in rebounding and third in steals.

    Time to GET SIRIUS
    The Patriot League has once again partnered with SIRIUS Satellite Radio to broadcast select men's basketball games for the 2007-08 season. The League has three games set for January's schedule, beginning with Holy Cross traveling to Lafayette in the season opener on Jan. 12. In addition to regular-season coverage, all seven games of the 2008 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament will be aired. Bucknell's visit to Holy Cross will be broadcast on Jan. 18, and the Bison's matchup at home against Colgate on Jan. 26 will wrap up the January schedule. Lehigh's matchup with Princeton on Jan. 6 will also be broadcast on SIRIUS. The schedule of Patriot League games for February will be announced at a later date. For an updated listing of all SIRIUS games and channels involving Patriot League teams, see page 5 of this release or

    Holy Cross at No. 7 in Mid-Major top 25
    Saturday's loss at Siena didn't do too much damage to Holy Cross in the Mid-Major top 25. The defending Patriot League champions fell from fifth to No. 7 in the latest rankings released on Monday. American garnered two points in the poll after its win over Maryland on Saturday, and also picked up a vote in the AP Top 25. While Holy Cross is the only Patriot League team to earn a ranking this season, American, Colgate and Bucknell have now all appeared in the receiving votes category.

    Four in the top 200 in RPI
    Four Patriot League teams found a spot in the top 200 in the updated Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report, with one more falling just outside the group. Holy Cross checks in at No. 52 with a 7-2 overall record. The Crusaders' only losses came against No. 18 Dayton and No. 31 Siena. Lafayette made a significant jump after beating Towson and Mount St. Mary's last week, as the Leopards are all the way up to No. 142 with an 8-3 record. Colgate checks in at No. 174, while Bucknell is No. 194. American's victory over Maryland helped it move up to No. 201 in the rankings. The Patriot League ranks No. 21 among 31 Division I conferences.

    Finally Some Company in the Road Win Column

    After 34 days of standing alone, another conference finally joined the Patriot League with at least one road victory for all of its members. The Horizon League became the second conference to accomplish the feat when Wright State won at CS-Fullerton on Saturday. The Patriot League set the mark on Nov. 17 when Lehigh won at St. Francis (Pa.). Six of the eight Patriot League schools have at least two road victories, and five have three road wins or more. The Patriot League has a 22-23 record in true road games.

    Team Notebooks

    American: The Eagles posted an impressive week in two tough road venues, knocking off Maryland, 67-59, on Saturday after losing a close game at Dayton, 63-56, on Wednesday...The victory over the Terps was just the second for a Patriot League team over an ACC opponent...American notched the other win, knocking off Florida State on Dec. 22, 2001...It was the first time in 80 meetings and 14 seasons that the Eagles knocked off the Terps...Derrick Mercer led the way with 18 points, while Bryce Simon had a career-high 17 and Brian Gilmore added 12...The Eagles closed the first half with a 10-3 run to take a 25-20 halftime lead...They held Maryland without a field goal for a 10:33 stretch of the first half...It was their 11th halftime lead in 12 contests this season...They opened the lead to nine early in the second half, and led by anywhere from five to 12 points the rest of the way...The Eagles hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 43 seconds to seal the win....American held a 40-33 rebounding edge...Garrison Carr scored a career-high 26 points against Dayton...Carr connected on 9-of-19 shots overall, and nailed a career-high seven three-pointers on 14 attempts...Carr's seven treys tied for fourth-most in a game in American history...The two games this week started a seven-game road swing which goes into the first two contests of League play...It continues at No. 8 Georgetown at 1 p.m. on Saturday in a game shown on MASN...The Eagles are celebrating the 25th anniversary of defeating the fifth-ranked Hoyas on Dec. 15, 1982.

    Army: The Black Knights returned to the court after an exam break and won their second game in a row with a 59-56 triumph over Dartmouth on Saturday...Army trailed, 49-43, with 8:38 left before outscoring the Big Green, 16-7, the rest of the way...Doug Williams had a season-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Marcus Nelson and Jarell Brown each had 10...Army shot 47.8 percent for the game, while limiting Dartmouth to 37.5 percent shooting...Nelson gave Army the lead for good by hitting both ends of a 1-and-1 with 59 seconds to play...The Black Knights are now 4-1 in games decided by five-or-fewer points...Army has won four of its last five games and ends the 2007 portion of its schedule at 6-5...It is the first time the squad has been above the .500 mark since Feb. 10 of last season....Army has now won 21 games in the last two seasons after winning 20 total games from 2002-06...The Black Knights are currently 2-1 on a five-game homestand, and return to action on Jan. 2 against Brown.

    Bucknell: The Bison fell at Drexel, 65-53, to complete a 1-1 record for the week...They also notched an 88-75 victory over Cornell on Wednesday...Bucknell struggled in the first half and trailed, 34-15, at the break against Drexel...They would get no closer than eight points in the second half...John Griffin had 11 points in the game, while G.W. Boon added 10...The Bison committed a season-low 11 turnovers...They set a Sojka Pavilion record with their highest scoring output in the last 85 games against Cornell...They had a 47-30 lead by halftime, and the 47 points are the most in a half this season...Griffin scored a career-high 27 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range...Justin Castleberry equaled a career high with 18 points, while Josh Linthicum had a career-high 12...Bucknell returns to action Friday against North Dakota State in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley, Calif...They will face either Cal or Long Beach State on Saturday.

    Colgate: Colgate dropped a pair of tough road contests last week, falling at Penn State, 66-48, on Sunday and losing a regional matchup at Syracuse, 87-59, on Tuesday... Alex Woodhouse had eight points and nine rebounds against Penn State, while Kendall Chones notched nine points...The Raiders cut a 16-point deficit down to five early in the second half, but Penn State answered with an 18-6 run to put the game away...Colgate held Penn State to 38.1 percent shooting...Freshman Mike Venezia scored 11 points in his first collegiate action against Syracuse...Venezia injured his knee in preseason drills, and just returned to the lineup for the Raiders...Kyle Roemer and Chones both scored in double figures with 10 points apiece...The Raiders have played five games of a six-game road swing thus far, and have a 2-3 mark with this week's defeats as well as a loss at Notre Dame...The road swing wraps up on Sunday at New Hampshire.

    Holy Cross: The Crusaders suffered a tough loss in their first game in two and a half weeks as they fell at Siena, 84-77, in overtime...Tim Clifford led the way with 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and also pulled down six rebounds...Holy Cross trailed by 10 early in the second half and was down seven with a minute to go, but rallied to force overtime...Clifford nailed two three-pointers in the final 12 seconds, including the game-tying shot as time expired in regulation...Holy Cross missed its first six shots in the extra session as Siena built a five-point lead...Colin Cunningham and Pat Doherty each had 15 points, while Alex Vander Baan had 13...No other player had more than five points, and only six players scored in the game...The Crusaders fell to seventh in Monday's College Mid-Major top 25 after the loss...Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Sacred Heart.

    Lafayette: The Leopards recorded a pair of impressive road wins, knocking off Mount St. Mary's, 76-72, on Friday and defeating Towson, 79-69, in overtime on Wednesday...Andrew Brown scored a career-high 32 points and made a school-record nine three-pointers in the win over Mount St. Mary's...His final three-pointer came with 27 seconds left and provided the final margin...The nine three-pointers topped the previous school record of eight held by three players (Larry Spigner, Tyson Whitfield and Brown who hit eight against Holy Cross last season)...The Leopards led by as many as 22 points in the first half and held a 45-25 advantage at halftime...Mount St. Mary's put together a 21-4 run to trim the Lafayette lead to 69-66 with 3:03 remaining...Lafayette shot 55 percent for the game, the Leopards' second-best shooting night of the season.....Five players scored in double figures in the win over Towson, with Bilal Abdullah, Deirunas Visockas and Matt Betley all notching 14...Abdullah played 41 minutes and recorded his first double-double of the season with a career-high 13 rebounds, while Betley notched nine rebounds...Lafayette trailed by seven with just over nine minutes to play, and did not tie the score until Michael Gruner scored with 8.1 seconds left...Abdullah and Visockas hit key three-pointers as Lafayette outscored Towson, 17-7, in overtime...Lafayette has played three of the five overtime games for Patriot League teams this year, and is the only team to win in the extra session....Lafayette has hit 10 or more three-pointers in 10 consecutive games...The Leopards have won three games in a row, and are 3-1 on the first four contests of an eight-game road stretch...The Leopards travel to Robert Morris on Sunday.

    Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks return from a 20-day layoff to complete their three-game home stretch on Friday against Monmouth...Lehigh's layoff for finals and the holidays is its longest since the inception of Patriot League play in 1990...Lehigh stayed sharp with a 99-48 win in an exhibition against Briarcliff on Friday...They had 30 assists on 39 field goals in the game...Marquis Hall and Bryan White have emerged as individual stars for Lehigh...Hall is second in the Patriot League in assists (5.1), first in assist/turnover ratio (2.55;51/20), and ninth in scoring (13.7 ppg)...White averages a League-best 8.3 rebounds per game, and is only 13 shy of 500 boards for his career.

    Navy: The Midshipmen split a pair of road games last week, downing Maryland-Eastern Shore, 85-61, on Saturday after falling to San Diego State, 86-76, on Monday...Kaleo Kina scored 20 points and Chris Harris had 19 in the win over UMES...Navy took a 41-23 lead at halftime, and shot 50.8 percent for the game...The 24-point victory was Navy's largest against a Division I foe since a 73-47 win over Morgan State on Dec. 8, 2006...Greg Sprink led the way with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting against San Diego State...The Mids were done in by a 13-0 Aztec run late in the contest...Sprink has 1,346 career points, good for 11th in Navy history and 27th in Patriot League annals...Navy's 29 three-pointers during the last two games are tied for the most in school history during a two-game span. Navy also hit 29 combined three-pointers against Fordham (9) and Mount St. Mary's (20) on Nov. 24-27, 1990...The trio of Harris, Kina and Sprink are averaging 53.3 ppg between them in the last three games...The Mids have shot over 45.0 percent in three of their last four games, after accomplishing the feat just twice in the first eight games...Navy returns to action on Saturday at St. Francis (N.Y.), looking to win consecutive games for the first time this year.

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    Monday, December 24, 2007
    No Colgate players managed to reach double figures in Sunday's 66-48 loss at Penn State.

    Kendall Chones led the Red Raiders with 9 points. Chones was 4 for 12 from the field, which was pretty reflective of the way Colgate shot the ball. As a team, the Raiders, the Patriot League's top shooting team, went 20 for 57 (35.1 percent) from the field. Ranked fourth nationally in three-point shooting percentage coming in, Colgate was 4 for 14 from the arc. The Raiders shot 6 free throws, making 4 and turned the ball over 19 times.

    Kyle Roemer, Colgate's leading scorer, was 1 for 9 from the field, 0 for 4 on three-pointers, finishing with 5 points, 13 below his average.

    Penn State didn't shoot a whole lot better. The Nittany Lions went 24 for 63 (38.1 percent) from the field, 6 of 18 from the arc. But the Nits were 12 for 18 at the foul line and held a 42-34 edge on the boards, with 16 offensive rebounds.

    Willie Morse, Colgate's State College product, was 2 for 4 with 4 points in 16 minutes in front of the folks in his hometown.
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    Wednesday, December 19, 2007
    Colgate was in the game for about two minutes, then it was all Orange, as Syracuse rolled to its 42nd straight win over the Raiders, 87-59.

    The Orangemen scored first and never trailed. Colgate managed to tie it at 5-5 on a Kyle Roemer trey with 17:53 to go in the first half. Then Syracuse went on an 11-0 run and that was it.

    Colgate cut the lead to 9 on a Roemer jumper, but Arinze Onuaku's free throw pushed it back to double digits for good.

    Freshman Mike Venezia, playing his first college game after suffering a preseason knee injury, led Colgate with 11 points. Roamer and Kendall Chones each added 10 for Colgate, which shot 37.3 percent (22-59) from the field. The Raiders came into the game ranked fourth nationally in three-point shooting percentage, but hit just 5 of 17 (29.4 percent) from the arc. 'Gate was outrebounded 45-29 and turned the ball over 21 times.

    Syracuse shot 54/4 percent (31-57) from the field, including 6 of 17 from the arc, and went 19 for 32 at the foul line.
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    Saturday, December 15, 2007
    It's going to be a crazy day or two around here. After Team Hoop Time plays this morning, the girls will travel (please snow, hold off!) to Lewisburg for tonight's Penn State-Bucknell women's game, where they will scrimmage at halftime.

    Then it's back down Routes 11 &15 for an hour or two of shut-eye before heading to Baltimore (insert another plea to the weather gods here) to catch a flight to North Carolina for the Bucknell-Wake Forest game.

    That won't leave much time tomorrow for posting the Wake scouting report, so we're doing it this morning. You will also find a few non-BU-Wake links at the end, too.

    Now repeat after us: Snow, snow, go away. Come again on a school day (the kids insisted we add that last part).

    SCOUTING WAKE FOREST: It is not easy to get a handle on the Demon Deacons, who come in with a 5-3 record. Wake has lost three of its last four, but those three losses were all on the road, against the likes of Charlotte, Vanderbilt and Georgia.

    The only victory you would call a quality win came Nov. 26 at Iowa. The other four wins came against Fairfield and three Division I transitional teams -- North Carolina Centeral, USC Upstate and Winston-Salem State.

    Dino Gaudio, in his first season as Wake's head coach, is no stranger to Patriot League fans. Gaudio, who was an assistant to Skip Prosser, took over after Prosser's sudden and unexpected death this summer. Gaudio was head coach at Army from 1993 to 1997. Gaudio's teams went 14-38 in league play, but three of those wins came against Bucknell, including a shocker in the first round of the 1995 league tournament.

    One of the story lines for the game is Skip Prosser's son Mark, who is a Bucknell assistant (see links below).

    Wake is a young team, with five freshmen and five sophomores (including 6-10 redshirt soph reserve David Weaver). The highly touted freshman class includes 6-8 freshman James Johnson, who leads the Demon Deacons in scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg). L.D. Williams, a 6-4 sophomore guard, also averages in double figures (10.8 ppg).

    Center Kyle Visser, who took advantage of Bucknell foul trouble to score 26 points in Wake's 86-83 OT win in Lewisburg last season, is graduated. But 6-2 junior guard Harvey Hale (20 points vs. BU last year) and 6-0 sophomore guard Ishmael Smith (14) are still around. Hale is averaging 9.9 ppg with four games in double figures. Smith has reached double figures in the last three games, raising his average to 8.0 ppg.

    Center Chris McFarland, a 7-foot sophomore from Illinois by way of Worcester Academy, has bee inconsistent since joining the starting lineup six games ago. Against Iowa, McFarland scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He also scored 12 against USC Upstate. In the last two games, though, McFarland has totalled 2 points and 5 rebounds.

    Expect a defensive type of game. Wake only shoots 40 percent from the field (29.5 percent from the arc), but they have held opponents to 39.3 percent from the field (32.2 percent on threes). The Demon Deacons turn the ball over 16 times per game, but they average 10.1 steals and force opponents into 21 turnovers per contest.
  • Wake Forest stats
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  • Prosser trying to maintain positive outlook (Daily Item)
  • Prosser's son to pay visit this weekend (Winston-Salem Journal)
  • WFU is running itself ragged (Winston-Salem Journal)

  • Idle Mids pleased with basketball progress (Annapolis Capital)
  • Parkview's Gyawu made right call (Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Colgate recruit Yaw Gyawu)

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  • Monday, December 10, 2007
    Holy Cross moves up four spots in this week;s Mid-Major Top 25, plus the usual Monday evening stuff.

    The Crusaders' win at Saint Joe's must have ompressed some voters. It was enough to bump Holy Cross up to No. 6 in the latest Mid-Major Top 25. Colgate back in the others receiving votes category with 3 points.

    The Saint Joe's win apparently also impressed one voter in on of the two major Top 25 polls. Holy Cross with a single vote in this week's AP Poll. No mention of the Crusaders in the ESPN-USA Today poll.

    Elsewhere, here is this week's memo from the league office in Center Valley:

    Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 12.10.07

    At this time last week, Patriot League teams were teetering right around the .500 mark for the season with a 30-29 record in non-League action. But after a 10-3 performance that included winning records on every day but one last week, the Patriot League now has a 40-32 mark for the season.

    Anaconda Player of the Week
    John Griffin, Bucknell Sr., G, 6'1, 185, Philadelphia, Pa./Saint Joseph's Prep

    Griffin scored a game-high 21 points, including the winning free throws with eight seconds left to play, to lift Bucknell past La Salle, 67-66, on Monday and win Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week honors. Griffin scored 14 of his points after halftime as Bucknell rallied from a 16-point deficit, and hit a big 3-pointer with 4:04 left that sparked the team's game-ending 12-2 run. In addition to his 21 points, Griffin added three rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots, and he did not commit a turnover in 37 minutes of action. Griffin scored 20 or more points for the third time this season. The Preseason All-League pick leads Bucknell and is ninth in the Patriot League with 13.3 ppg for the season. Griffin earns his first-career Anaconda Player of the Week honor.

    Anaconda Rookie of the Week
    Andrew Beinert, Holy Cross Fr., G, 6'2, 175, Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade

    Beinert scored 10 points and dished out four assists with three rebounds as Holy Cross won at Saint Joseph's, 71-66. He connected on 3-of-6 shots from the field, including his only three-pointer, and made 3-of-4 foul shots. Beinert set new career marks for points and assists. He earned his first Rookie of the Week nod.

    Patriot League Notebook

    Strong Showing for the Week
    At this time last week, Patriot League teams were teetering right around the .500 mark for the season with a 30-29 record in non-League action. But after a 10-3 performance that included winning records on every day but one last week, the Patriot League now has a 40-32 mark for the season. The League posted a 7-2 record in mid-week games, and American kept it going by rallying for a 52-50 victory over Jacksonville on Friday. Lehigh and Lafayette came through with victories over Harvard and Columbia, respectively, on Saturday to give the Patriot League five consecutive wins against Ivy League opponents and a 6-4 mark against the Ancient Eight this season. Sunday was the only day with a losing mark, as Army narrowly fell to Quinnipaic, 58-54. A pair of victories over Atlantic 10 teams highlighted the action earlier in the week, as Bucknell rallied past La Salle on Monday and Holy Cross posted an impressive win at Saint Joseph's on Tuesday.

    Patriot League Teams on Record Pace......
    With a .541 winning percentage (40-32), the Patriot League is on pace for it best-ever non-League mark. The top record thus far, and only winning mark, came in a 54-53 effort in the 2000-01 season. Last season was the only other campaign at the .500 mark in non-League action, as the Patriot League's 60 wins were the most in its 17-year history. The 40 non-League wins are already the 11th-highest total in Patriot League history, which is made even more impressive being the first season of an all Division I schedule for the League. Patriot League teams still have 45 games remaining to boost the win total, as well as any postseason competition.

    ......But There's a Long Road Ahead
    While Patriot League teams are on a record-setting pace, there will be plenty of heavy lifting required to maintain the early-season success. Thirty-two of the final 45 non-League games will be played on the road, with trips to top 25 teams Georgetown and Pittsburgh and challenging matchups against the likes of Syracuse, Dayton, Maryland and Wake Forest. Bucknell will play in the Golden Bear Classic at Cal, and travel for its BracketBuster game. Lafayette and American have their entire remaining non-League schedule on the road, while Holy Cross and Colgate play four of their six games away from home. The Patriot League does have an 18-16 record in true road games, and five teams are at or above .500 in those contests.

    From the Court to the Books
    Seven of the eight Patriot League schools have entered their break in the schedule to focus on final exams. Army is the only team still playing in the early part of the week, as it takes on Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday before its exam schedule begins. Here are the institutional exam dates for all of the Patriot League schools: American = Dec. 10-15; Army = Dec. 15-22; Bucknell = Dec. 6-13; Colgate = Dec. 10-14; Holy Cross = Dec. 8-15; Lafayette = Dec. 11-18; Lehigh = Dec. 11-19; Navy = Dec. 7-14.

    Early RPI Returns
    The RPI may not mean much at this point of the season, but a few Patriot League teams have to like their standing so far. In Monday's Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report, Holy Cross checks in at No. 40 with its 7-1 overall record. The Crusaders' only loss came against Dayton, which placed No. 8 in the ratings. Colgate's 6-3 start earned it the second position for Patriot League teams, at No. 163 overall. Bucknell also made the top 200 at No. 194. The Patriot League ranks No. 22 among 31 Division I conferences in RPI rating.

    Class of 2012
    Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lehigh and American have put out releases for next year's incoming freshman recruits. For the Bison, forward Enoch Andoh (San Jose, Calif.), guard Bryan Cohen (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) and forward Probese Leo (Houston, Texas) will join the fold. Holy Cross has guards R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) and Devin Brown (Randallstown, Md.) set to join the program. At Lehigh, Head Coach Brett Reed's first-ever recruiting class consists of forward John Adams (San Jose, Calif.), wing Jordan Hamilton (Seattle, Wash.) and center/forward Justin Maneri (Saddle Brook, N.J.). Forwards Stephen Lumpkins (San Mateo, Calif.) and Mike Technow (Boca Raton, Fla.) are both set to join American.

    Patriot League in the NCAA Statistics
    If the NCAA statistics are any indicator, Patriot League teams have excelled at playing defense and shooting from three-point range this season. Army's Jarell Brown is still the most visible Patriot League player in the individual statistics. The League's leading scorer ranks 19th in the country with 21.6 ppg, and is fourth with 4.4 three-pointers per game and 11th with a 52.6 three-point field goal percentage. He has company on the three-point lists, with Lafayette's Andrew Brown and American's Garrison Carr in the top 30 nationally with 3.4 makes per game and Andrew Brown ranking 36th with a 47.0 percentage from three-point land. Lafayette is fourth in the country with 10.7 three-pointers per game, and Colgate is fourth with a 45.8 three-point percentage. Lafayette and Lehigh are in the top 25 in three-point percentage. Holy Cross, American and Bucknell fare well in defensive statistics. The Crusaders are eighth in scoring defense at 55.3 ppg, while American and Bucknell are in the top 50. Both Holy Cross and Bucknell are in the top 50 in field goal percentage defense. Holy Cross is 23rd in rebounding margin. The Crusaders and Eagles are also in the top 30 in free throw percentage.

    Still the Only One
    When Lehigh won at St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 17, the Patriot League became the first of 31 Division I conferences to have all of its teams record at least one road victory this season. Three weeks later, the Patriot League is still the only one to accomplish the feat. Lehigh's home win over St. Peter's on Nov. 14 made the League the second conference to have every team record at least one win over a Division I opponent. The SEC beat the Patriot League to the mark by day.

    Team Notebooks

    The Eagles completed a 2-0 week with a come-from-behind, 52-50, win over Jacksonville on Friday...They were down by seven points with 3:41 to play, but came back to tie the score with 1:33 left...Brian Gilmore hit the game-winning free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining...Gilmore had a career-high 13 points, while Derrick Mercer led the Eagles with 17...American also had a 66-54 home victory over Howard on Tuesday...It was the 1,000th win in the 82-year history of the program...The Eagles now have a 1,001-947 (.514) record in the program's history... American trailed by 11 points in the first half, but rallied to take a 34-30 lead at halftime...They pulled away with a 10-0 run to start the second half, and led comfortably the rest of the way...Four Eagles were in double figures, led by Garrison Carr with 17...American is now 4-0 this season when four or more players score in double-digits...American completed its three-game homestand with a 2-1 record...The Eagles are off for their exam period from Dec. 10-15, and do not return until a Dec. 19 trip to Dayton which kicks off a seven-game road swing.

    Army saw its two-game winning streak come to an end with a 58-54 loss to Quinnipiac on Sunday...Quinnipiac scored the final eight points of the game, with game-winning points on free throws with 10 seconds to play...Jarell Brown was the only Army player in double figures, with 22 points...15 of Brown's points came in the second half...Brown has scored at least 20 points in six consecutive games, and leads the Patriot League with 21.6 ppg...He is the only Black Knight to score in double figures in the last three games...Brown was 5-of-8 from three-point range, and has made at least five three-pointers in five of the last six games...The Black Knights also posted a 54-44 triumph at NJIT on Thursday...Brown led the team with 23 points and also notched six rebounds...Josh Miller had nine points, a career-high eight rebounds and six assists...Army opened the game with a 14-0 run and would lead by at least nine points throughout the contest...Army forced 23 NJIT turnovers, including 16 in the first half...Army's wins over VMI and NJIT were its first back-to-back victories since January of 2007...The Black Knights finished a three-game road trip with a 2-1 mark...Army is in action Thursday against Florida Gulf Coast in the second of a five-game homestand.

    The Bison snapped a four-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, rallying for a 67-66 win over La Salle on Monday...The Bison finished the game on a 12-2 run, culminating with John Griffin's two game-winning free throws with eight seconds left...Bucknell trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, and by nine with five minutes to play before the final run....Griffin led the way with 21 points, while Justin Castleberry and Patrick Behan both set career highs with 18...Griffin had 14 points in the second half, and did not commit a turnover in 37 minutes of action...He scored 20 or more points for the third time this season...The trio accounted for 57 of Bucknell's 67 points and 21 of 26 field goals...Freshman Todd O'Brien had six rebounds and three blocks to go with four points...He has multiple blocked shots in every game this season, and at least six rebounds in the past four contests...It was the first meeting against La Salle since 1982-83, and first Bison victory since 1979-80, which was Head Coach Pat Flannery's senior year...Bucknell's exam period runs from Dec. 6-13, and the Bison are back in action on Sunday at Wake Forest.

    The Raiders won their second game in a row with a 73-55 victory at Binghamton on Wednesday...They improved to 2-1 on their season-long six-game road trip, and 4-1 on the road for the season...Colgate wins its sixth game of the season on Dec. 5th, after taking until Jan. 6 to win their sixth game last year ...Colgate had a two-point lead at halftime before taking control in the second half....Kyle Roemer had 21 points to lead four Raiders in double figures...He was Colgate's leading scorer for the ninth straight game...Kendall Chones had 15 points and eight boards, while Tim Pounds had 14 and Daniel Waddy finished with 10...Alex Woodhouse blocked a career-high five shots and notched eight rebounds...Colgate shot 52 percent from the field, while holding Binghamton to 33 percent shooting...Colgate is off until Dec. 18 at Syracuse because of final exams from Dec. 10-14...The road swing wraps up at Penn State on Dec. 23 and at New Hampshire on Dec. 30.

    Holy Cross
    The Crusaders rebounded from their first loss of the season with an impressive 71-66 victory at Saint Joseph's on Tuesday...The Crusaders opened the game with a 12-0 run, and took an 18-2 lead...The lead grew as large as 18 points (27-9)...They held the Hawks without a field goal for the first 15 minutes of the game, and without a two-point field goal for the entire first half...Saint Joseph's closed to within five points with two minutes left, but Holy Cross made 5-of-7 seven free throws down the stretch to seal the win....Tim Clifford and Alex Vander Baan each had 16 points and seven rebounds...Vander Baan hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute...Kyle Cruze had 13 points and six assists, while freshman Andrew Beinert had a career-high 10 points and four assists...The Crusaders had 22 assists on 25 made field goals, and shot 50 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point range...Holy Cross has its exams period from Dec. 8-15 and does not play again until Dec. 22 at Siena.

    Lafayette rebounded from a loss at Rutgers with a 78-64 triumph at Columbia...Andrew Brown scored a season-high 22 points in the win, connecting on 8-of-14 shots and 6-of-10 from three-point range...He hit six three-pointers for the first time this season....Lafayette shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the floor at Columbia, topping their previous best mark against Penn (52.6) on Nov. 28...Lafayette doled out a season-best 22 assists at Columbia, equaling the team's mark vs. FDU (11/16)...Paul Cummins matched his season high with 12 points, while Ted Detmer had a season-high 11...Earlier in the week, Lafayette beat NJIT, 81-56, and lost at Rutgers, 90-79...Five Lafayette players scored in double figures in the loss to Rutgers, led by Brown with 17...Lafayette led by as many as 35 points against NJIT...Every player who was dressed hit at least one field goal in the game...Lafayette won four straight games for the first time since notching seven in a row in the 2003-04 season...The Leopards started 5-2 for the first time since 1999-00...The Leopards are 1-1 on the first two games of an eight-game road swing...They will not play this week while taking final exams but return to action on Dec. 19 at Towson.

    The Mountain Hawks won a pair of home games last week, with a 70-61 win over Harvard on Saturday...Lehigh trailed 33-22 at halftime before rallying for the win with a 48-28 second-half advantage....Lehigh used an 11-0 run to take a 54-49 lead with 6:23 to play...Marquis Hall led the way with 17 points, while Zahir Carrington had 14...The Mountain Hawks connected on 22-of-24 foul shots...With the win Lehigh pulled even at .500 for the first time after ten games since the 2003-04 season...The Mountain Hawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 76-61 win against Stony Brook on Wednesday in the first of a three-game homestand...Dave Buchberger scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in his first-ever start...Hall had a career-high 10 assists without any turnovers...Bryan White had 10 rebounds in each contest, and averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds in the two games...White is 13 rebounds shy of 500 for his career...Lehigh breaks for exams from Dec. 11-19, and does not return to complete its three-game home stretch until Dec. 28 against Monmouth...Lehigh's 20-day layoff for finals and the holidays is its longest since the inception of Patriot League play in 1990.

    The Mids dropped a home contest to Mount St. Mary's, 62-58, on Monday...Navy held Mount St. Mary's to 27.9 percent shooting from the field, but shot only 32.7 percent itself, with a 4-of-22 effort from three-point range...It was the lowest shooting percentage for a Navy opponent since Feb. 28, 2004 (Army)...Navy fell behind 13-0 in the contest...The Mids held Mount St. Mary's to 4-of-26 shooting in the second half, and without a field goal for the final 7:19...Kaleo Kina and Greg Sprink each had 16 points, while Chris Harris scored 15...No other player had more than four points...Sprink had nine rebounds, while Kina had seven and Adam Teague notched eight...Kina played 27 minutes without a turnover, the first time since Jan. 22, 2006 that he did not commit a turnover...Sprink scored in double figures for the 66th time in his career...Navy breaks for its exam period that spans from December 7-14, and returns to the court when it travels to San Diego State on Dec. 17.

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  • Thursday, December 06, 2007
    Colgate's 73-55 win Wednesday at Binghamton was a tale of two halves.

    The first half was an even affair that ended with the Raiders (6-3) up 31-29 after a Kyle Roemer layup just before the break. But after Binghamton tied it to open the second half, it was pretty much all Colgate the rest of the way.

    The Raiders scored the next five points and pushed the advantage to as many as 17 points.

    Colgate actually made one more field goal in the first half (13-29, 44.8 percent), but was much more acccurate after the break, hitting 12 of 19 (63.2 percent). And after shooting just two free throws (1 made) in the first half, the Raiders got to the line 22 times in the second, making 16.

    The Raiders also played better D after intermission. After Binghamton shot 12 for 25 from the field in the first, Colgate held them to 9 for 37 (24.3 percent) in the second.

    Roemer led Colgate with 21 points. Kendall Chones added 15, Tim Pounds 14 (all in the second half) and Daniel Waddy had 10. Alex Woodhouse had 8 rebounds (sharing team honors with Chones) and a career-high 5 blocks in 19 minutes off the bench.
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    Wednesday, December 05, 2007
    It has been a good start to the week for Patriot League teams, which have gone 4-1 so far, including two wins over Atlantic 10 sides. Lafayette will try to pick up a Big East scalp at Rutgers tonight in the only game where the Patriot League team will be the underdog. Colgate and lehigh both faces foes with only one win thus far. Colgate travels down scenic Route 12B to visit Binghamton, while Lehigh plays host to Stony Brook.

    SCOUTING BINGHAMTON: Binghamton wrapped up a three-game road swing Saturday with a loss at Rider, the Bearcats fifth straight setback. It is the longest losing streak in the school's brief Division I history.

    Defense is a problem for the 1-6 Bearcats. Opponents are shooting 49.7 percent from the field, including 37.4 percent from three-point range. Offense has not been overly impressive, either. Binghamton is shooting 42.5 percent as a team, and is under 30 percent (28.9) from the arc.

    Richard Forbes, a 6-0 senior guard, leads Binghamton in scoring at 16 ppg. Lazur Trifunovic, a 6-8 sophomore from Serbia, averages 15.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
  • Binghamton stats

    SCOUTING RUTGERS: A 5-2 Big East team, on the road; sounds like a mismatch for Lafayette. But look closer. While the Leopards are certainly the underdogs, Rutgers season to date offers little to intimidate Lafayette. Those five wins include such name opponents as North Carolina Central, North Dakota State and Tennessee Tech. It also includes close scrapes at home against Dartmouth (by 5( and Princeton (by 4). One of the losses was to Florida, but the other came at St. Peter's.

    Unlike senior-laden Lafayette, the Scarlet Knights are not real experienced. The roster includes six freshmen, just one senior.

    Junior JR Inman, a 6-9 forward, leads Rutgers with 16.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Freshman Corey Chandler, a 6-2 guard, is the only other guy in double figures, averaging 10.4 ppg.

    Rutgers has been playing tough defense, holding foes to 38.9 percent shooting from the field (35.9 percent from the arc). The Knights are shooting 41.1 percent, and struggle from three-point range, hitting 26.5 percent.

  • Rutgers stats
  • Rutgers game notes
  • Rutgers-Lafayette men's basketball scouting report (Courier News)
  • Rutgers site
  • RAC 'em up (Rutgers blog)

    SCOUTING STONY BROOK: The Seawolves are coming off their first win of the season, at home against Dartmouth. That win came after an 0-6 start that included an 0-4 record on the road and losses at American and at home to Lafayette in OT.

    Stony Brook is shooting 37.9 percent as a team, 26.7 percent from three-point range. The opposition has shot 43 percent (31.6 from the arc.

    A pair of fifth-year seniors lead Stony Brook in scoring. Rickey Lucas (6-4) averages 11.6 ppg. Mitchell Beauford (5-11) is hitting for 10.7 ppg.
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  • Monday, December 03, 2007
    It's an anniversary edition of the HOOP TIME NOTEBOOK.

    A little over three years ago, we decided to kill a free evening by driving to Lewisburg to see the Bison play St. Francis.

    The actual date was Nov. 22, 2004. A date that will only live in infamy for as long as we keep this site going, assuming we remember each year to remind you.

    We were not actually covering that game. Plans were to get a look at the Bison in advance of some freelance gigs later in the season, say hello to some old friends, stop for a beverage with my brother on the way home.

    There were no plans to write about that game as we drove north along the Susquehanna River on U.S. Routes 11&15. Matter of fact, there were not even any plans for this Web site, which was born that night. Those plans came together on the drive home.

    Thank, or blame -- depending how you view this site -- Bucknell Sports Information Director Jon Terry. Terry was sort of the site muse. After the game, I told JT it was a shame I didn't have anyplace to write about the game. Terry's response: "You ought to start a Web site or something."

    At 1:27 the next morning, the first post was up on the newest concept to carry the Hoop Time name.

    Since then, the Hoop Time Notebook has been an irregular feature of the site. Here is the latest version:

    MUM'S THE WORD: One of the casualties of this year's officiating point of emphasis on bench decorum apparently is the dialogue coaches and officials used to carry on during games. Despite the high-profile coach rants and outbursts that get noticed by most fans, coaches and officials used to have an open line of communications during games. Refs would routinely offer coaches an explanation of calls, especially confusing ones like the one made around the eight-minute mark of the second half in Bucknell's loss to Saint Francis.

    That was when Devin Sweetney collided with Bucknell defenders on his way to the rack, drawing a whistle and an initial signal that Sweetney was being called for an offensive charge. The official who made the initial call also signaled Sweetney's basket did not count. But then, for some unknown reason, Sweetney went to the foul line and completed a three-point play.

    Even Bucknell coach pat Flannery was in the dark. Asked after the game about the call, Flannery said, "I don't know what happened there,"

    The refs would have explained it to the coach last season. This season, though, "There's no dialogue, no conversation," Flannery said.

    RULES INTERPRETATION: In our story from that game, we mentioned the lack of a technical foul on Saint Francis when Marquis Ford tried to take Chris Berry's spot at the free throw line for a crucial one-and-one in the final 30 seconds. The rule covering such shenanigans does give the officials an out on such plays. The interpretation in the rule book states:
    When the attempt by A2 is due to a justifiable misunderstanding, there shall be no penalty. The error shall be corrected under Rule 2-11. When it is reasonable to believe that A2 knew that A1 was the designated shooter, a direct technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be called.
    In other words, the question is, should Ford, who was looking for a pass from Berry when Bucknell's Stephen Tyree wrapped his arms around Ford out near midcourt, have known that he was not the shooter. Or was it reasonable for him to think he was the one who was fouled after seeing the obvious play in front of him and catching a pass after the whistle had blown.

    The officials don't have access to a team's stats during the game, so they would not have realized that Ford might have been motivated to try the switcheroo by the fact that Berry is a 57.1 percent free throw shooter. But you do have to wonder why it took Bucknell players and coaches drawing their attention to the switch for the officials to notice. It is not like Berry -- who stands 6-4 -- and the 5-11 Ford look alike, or have similar jersey numbers (Berry wears a single digit -- 5, Ford sports 11).

    RATINGS DROP: With about a month left in non-conference play, the Patriot League is going to have to do some scrambling if it wants to continue its trend of moving up in the conference RPI rankings. The league's standing has improved in each of the last three seasons, going from No. 26 in 2004 to 23 in 2005, 21 in 2006 and No. 17 last season. As recently as two weeks ago, the Patriot League was up to No. 13. Since then it has dropped like a

    FADE AWAY: When American failed to hold a halftime Saturday against UMBC, it was not the first time this season it had happened. Not the second, either. The Eagles have simply not been a very good second half team.

    Three of AU's four losses came in games they led at the break. They trailed by two in the other.

    The problem seems to be at both ends of the floor. American scores fewer points after intermission and gives up more. In eight games thus far, the Eagles have scored 274 first half points. That is 67 more than opponents have scored. Second half has been a different story, with opponents scoring 288 points and American 243 -- 31 less than they score in first halves.

    INDECISIVE: While previewing the Army-VMI game, we mentioned the Keydets had used a different starting lineup every game. VMI coach Duggar Baucom is not the only coach who is having a hard time settling on a first five. In coverage of Central Connecticut's win Saturday over Lehigh, the Hartford Currant's Tom Yantz points out:
    "Central Connecticut coach Howie Dickenman used his sixth different starting lineup in game No. 7 Saturday."
    That got us wondering about starting lineups around the league.
    Bucknell, after starting the same five for the first five games, replaced juniors Justin Castleberry and Josh LInthicum with freshmen Daryl Shazier and Todd O'Brien. Four guys have started all seven Holy Cross games.Sophomore Eric Meister started in place of forward Alex Vander Baan in one game when Vander Baan was injured. A similar situation exists at American, where four guys have started every game and Cornelio Guibunda has started in seven of the eight. Colgate and Lehigh have been even more consistent, the same five starting every game.

    At the other end of the spectrum, Navy has used eight men as starters. Lafayette has used nine,

    BLOCK PARTY: With his four blocks against St, Francis on Saturday, Bucknell center Todd O'Brien how has 17 blocked shots. The 6-11 freshman from New Holland, Pa has multiple blocks in every game thus far. His average of 2.8 blocks per game leads the Patriot League by over a block per game. Holy Cross senior Tim Clifford, who owns the Crusaders' career blocks mark (currently sitting at 155), is averaging 1.7 per game.

    As prolific O'Brien has been, he is not on pace to challenge the Bison single-season record of 100 set by Mike Butts as a senior in 1989. At O'Brien's current pace of 2.8 blocks per game, the Bison would need to advance to the Sweet Sixteeen for him to reach Butts' single-season mark.

    A little sobering perspective: To reach Adonal Foyle's single-season Patriot league record of 190, O'Brien would need 64 games at his current pace.

    PADDING THE NUMBERS: When Navy hit 28 of 55 from the field (season-high 50.9 percent) against Towson, it marked just the third time all season the Midshipmen shot better than 40 percent in a game. It was the first time the Mids shot better than 50 percent since the season-opener at Longwood, when they hit 50.8 percent. Navy shot 47.2 percent in the loss to Texas-San Antonio. In Navy's other six games, their best night was against Robert Morris, when they hit 39.7 percent. Their showing against Towson brought the Mids season field goal numbers above 40 percent, improving from 39.2 percent to 40.4 percent.

    BOMBS AWAY: Last season Lafayette set a school record 256 three-pointers, hitting 8.5 per game, a rate that ranked 25th nationally. At their current pace, the Leopards will shatter that mark this season. Lafayette is hitting 10.8 treys per game, a pace that would give them 354 for the season if they maintain it. The Leopards have hit 65 threes thus far, 18 more than they had last season after six games. Three-pointers account for 40.8 percent of all Lafayette scoring. Of 341 shots Lafayette has put up from the field, 159 (47 percent) have come from behind the arc, where they are hitting at a 40.9 percent clip. Although threes account for just 41.9 percent of all made Navy field goals, 52 percent of the Mids scoring from the field comes from the arc. Navy has scored 195 points on threes, 180 on two-point shots and 102 at the foul line.

    ICE, ICE, BAY-BEE: When the girls of Team Hoop Time went 2 for 24 from the field in season-opening loss to the Carlisle Thunder, it was hard to imagine a colder shooting effort might be going on elsewhere. But when some of the girls got to Sojka Pavilion that evening to watch the Bucknell men play, they found out they didn't shoot so bad after all. At least not compared to what happened that same afternoon in the Bucknell women's game at Marist.

    Women hate when you use the adjective 'frigid' to describe anything but the weather, but what else would you call Bucknell's 0 for 28 start in that game. The Bison trailed 19-0 before getting on the scoreboard with a free throw 9:55 into the game. They went 14:31 before finally getting their first field goal, a Kristina Collymore jumper at the 5:29 mark.

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    Sunday, December 02, 2007
    Three straight losses, two at home, had taken a little of the shine off Colgate's 4-0 start. The Raiders restored a little of the luster with an impressive road win Saturday.

    Kyle Roemer scored 18 points for Colgate, which trailed as many as 8 points in the second half before rallying to beat Cornell 76-73. A 9-0 run gave the Raiders a 50-49 lead with 6:58 left. Cornell tied it at 53-53, but Roemer scored 5 straight points to put Colgate ahead for good.

    Daniel Waddy with a save in relief of Roemer at the foul line down the stretch. Whether by design, or forced by denial defense on Roemer, it was Waddy's hands on the ball down the stretch, when Cornell was fouling to extend the game. It was a tactic wasted. Waddy knocked down 9 of 10 in the last 31 seconds, finishing with 16 points.
    Willie Morse with 11 off the bench for the Raiders, who handed Cornell its first home loss in five games this season.
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    Saturday, December 01, 2007
    While Navy takes a day to bask in the glory of its win over Towson and Lafayette continues to enjoy its rare win over Penn, everybody else is in action. Army visit VMI, Lehigh travels to Central Connecticut and Colgate is at Cornell while Bucknell is home against St. Francis (Pa.), American hosts UMBC and Holy Cross entertains Dayton at the DCU Center. All these following the days big game, the season-opener for the girls of Team Hoop Time, who take on the Carlisle Thunder this morning at 10. We wish we had a scouting report on that one. Meanwhile, here is a look at today's other opponents:

    SCOUTING VMI: The nation's highest scoring team a year ago, the Keydets (3-3) are leading the nation again this season, averaging 103.7 points per game. No other school is averaging in triple digits. Those numbers are skewed by oddities like a 156-91 win over Division II Columbia Union and the 135 points they scored against West Virginia Weslyan, another D-II. Still, expect the Keydets to try to turn this into a chuck-and-duck, track meet affair. They don't really know how to play any other way.

    Picked to finish third in the Big South, after pulling off two upsets to reach the conference final last season, VMI is young and small. No expected starter is taller than 6-6 and the roster includes six freshmen. We use that adjective "expected" because we are only going by the lineup listed in VMI's game notes. Don't be too surprised if the five that tip it off are different than the five listed in the notes though. Keydets coach Duggar Baucom has used a different starting lineup every game. Ten different players have started already this season. Even Reggie Williams, the team's 6-6 senior preseason All-Big South pick, who is sixth in the nation in scoring (25.2 ppg) has come off the bench twice.
  • VMI stats
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    SCOUTING DAYTON: It will be a real shame if this game doesn't draw a nice crowd to the DCU Center. The Flyers are a program with a dandy pedigree and this year's version is looking strong, coming in at 4-1, riding a three-game win streak. The only loss was a 9-point setback at George Mason.

    Brian Roberts, a 6-2 senior guard, leads Dayton with 22.4 points per game. Roberts can flat out shoot the basketball. He came into the season a two-time All Atlantic 10 pick with over 1,300 career points and one of the top three three-point shooting percentages in A-10 history (43.3 percent). Last year he was above his career percentage, hitting over 45 percent from the arc and thus far this season he is well above that, knocking down 56.3 percent of the treys he has shot. Roberts also knows how to dish, averaging 5.2 assists per game.

    One of the beneficiaries of Roberts' passes is 6-8 freshman Chris Wright, a genuine blue chip averaging 15.8 points and 7.4 rebounds. Wright was ranked among the top 20 prospects in the nation by some recruiting services and is considered the top frosh in the A-10. Big and athletic, with tremendous hops (39.5 inch vertical leap), Wright is shooting 66 percent from the field.
  • Dayton stats
  • Dayton game notes (pdf)
  • Sports Network matchup
  • Willard doesn't want repeat of last year (Springfield Oh. News-Sun)
  • Preview: Dayton at Holy Cross (Springfield Oh. News-Sun)

    SCOUTING CCSU: The Blue Devils come home to host Lehigh after losing two straight on the road, including a 71-54 setback Monday at Lafayette. That was followed Wednesday by a 59-55 loss at LaSalle, dropping CCSU to 1-4.

    Senior guard Tristan Roberts leads the team in scoring (13 ppg), even though he has been the top scorer in only one game. Ken Horton, a 6-6 freshman, has been the top scorer in two of the last three games. Horton averages 11.2 ppg.

    CCSU is shooting 40.1 percent from the field as a team, while allowing opponents to shoot 46.2 percent. The Blue Devils are also being outrebounded by 4.4 per contest.
  • CCSU stats
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  • Sports Network matchup

    SCOUTING UMBC: The Retrievers bounced back from their overtime loss at Lafayette to post a pair of wins in the last 10 days, downing George Washington and Morgan State to improve to 5-1.

    If you want to play a hoops version of the Kevin Bacon game, the Retrievers beat Morgan State 84-76; Morgan State beat American 62-54. Not that you can necessarily attach much significance to a single common opponent, especially when Morgan State was home against AU and at UMBC.

    The Retrievers are another small team that likes to go up and down, averaging over 80 ppg. The starting five includes just one player -- 6-8 senior Cavell Johnson -- taller than 6-4. Four of the five are averaging in double figures. Brian Hodges, a 6-3 senior, tops the list at 17.5 ppg. Junior Darryl Proctor plays bigger than his 6-4 height, averaging over 8 rebounds per game. Proctor has reached double figures scoring in every game, averaging 16.3 ppg. Ray Barbosa, a 6-2 senior, has raised his season average to 17 ppg after averaging 22.7 per game in UMBC's last three outings. Johnson is a second half demon, scoring 12 of his 17.2 ppg after the break. He averages 9 rebounds per game.

    The starter not scoring in double figures, 5-8 junior Jay Greene, leads the America East conference with 7.8 assists per game.
  • UMBC stats
  • UMBC game notes
  • Sports Network matchup

    SCOUTING ST. FRANCIS (PA): The 0-6 Red Flash are still looking for their first win of the season. Included in their losses are home setbacks against American and Lehigh. St. Francis gives up 72 points per game and allows opponents to shoot 46.3 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from the arc.

    Cale Nelson (12.2 ppg), a 5-10 junior, and Chris Berry (11.3), a 6-4 junior, are the only Red Flash players averaging in double figures.
  • St. Francis stats
  • St. Francis game notes (pdf)
  • Sports Network matchup
  • Bucknell seniors are opposites that attract (The Daily Item)
  • Season becoming repetitive (Altoona Mirror)

    SCOUTING CORNELL: The high-scoring, three-point shooting Big Red come into this one 4-1, including two wins over Patriot League teams (Lehigh and Army). Cornell, the Syracuse of the Ivy League, is 4-0 at home, its only loss coming at Ohio in its only game outside of Ithaca.

    The Big Red love the three-point shot. They are hitting them at a 50.5 percent clip , second in the nation behind Texas. Overall they are shooting 51.9 percent while averaging 85 points per game, tops in the Ivy. It's all about outscoring opponents -- they give up 81 points per outing.

    Four guys average in double figures. Sophomore guard Louis Dale (6-0) leads the way at 15.4 ppg. Ryan Wittman, a 6-6 sophomore averages 15 ppg, 6-0 junior Collin Robinson is scoring 12.8 per game off the bench. Fellow reserve Brian Kreefer (6-7 Jr.) averages 10 ppg. Starters Jason Hartford, a 6-9 senior (9.8 ppg) and 6-0 junior Adam Gore (9.4) are just under double figures for the Big Red.
  • Cornell basketball blog preview
  • Cornell stats (pdf)
  • Cornell game notes
  • Men's basketball faces second in-state rival (Cornell Daily Sun)
  • Sports Network matchup
  • Cornell searching for milestone victory against Colgate (Ithaca Journal)

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  • Tuesday, November 27, 2007
    The latest Mid-Major Top 25, plus news from the home office in Center Valley.

    The Crusaders move up three spots to No. 10 in this week's Mid-Major Top 25. Bucknell and Colgate still getting a few votes.

    Patriot League Men's Basketball Release - 11.26.07 (Condensed version)
    With breaks for final exams and the Christmas season looming in December, Patriot League teams will pack plenty of games into the last week of November action. It starts with four contests on Monday, highlighted by Holy Cross hosting Ohio and Colgate making a trip to Notre Dame. Also, Lehigh hosts NJIT and American is at Mount St. Mary's. Navy is at Howard in Tuesday's only action, but five games highlight the Wednesday slate. Holy Cross and Lehigh host their second game of the week, with the Crusaders playing Yale and the Mountain Hawks taking on Quinnipiac. Lafayette and Bucknell are at home against Penn and Marist, respectively, while Army is at Hartford. Navy wraps up the weekday games by hosting Towson on Thursday.

    Player of the Week
    Jarell Brown, Army Sr., G, 6'2, 183, Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel

    Brown put up the best single-game scoring effort for a Patriot League player this year and tied his career high with 30 points in a loss against Cornell on Tuesday, and followed it up with 26 points in a win over Presbyterian on Saturday to earn his fourth-career Anaconda Player of the Week honor, and first this season. He notched eight three-pointers in the win against Presbyterian, good for second on Army's all-time single-game list and just one off the school record. Brown averaged 28.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game for the week, and shot the ball extremely well. He connected on 60 percent (18-30) of his shots from the field and 65 percent (13-20) from three-point range, and hit on 87.5 percent (7-8) of his foul shots. Brown accounted for 39.7 percent of Army's offense in the two games, while taking 28 percent of the shot attempts. He scored at least 11 points in each of the four halves he played in the week, and has now scored 26 points or more in three of Army's five games this season. Brown is now only 10 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career.

    Rookie of the Week
    Rob Keefer, Lehigh Fr., G, 6'3, 185, North Wales, Pa./Abington Friends

    Keefer earns his second consecutive Rookie of the Week honor after averaging seven points, 3.5 rebounds and one assist in Lehigh's losses to Albany and Maryland. His performance against the Terrapins was especially strong, as Keefer scored a career-high 12 points and totaled a career-high six rebounds against the ACC contender. Keefer has started every game for Lehigh, and leads all Patriot League freshmen with 8.0 ppg. He leads all Lehigh freshmen in points, minutes and rebounds.

    Patriot League Notebook

    Leopards Pick up a Pair
    Lafayette was picked to finish in last place in the Patriot League preseason poll, but showed that it has the potential to prove the doubters wrong with a pair of home victories last week. They knocked off UMBC, 87-84, in overtime on Tuesday and rolled to a 71-54 triumph against Central Connecticut State on Sunday. A high-powered offense has ignited a 3-2 start to the season. The Leopards lead the Patriot League with 79.2 points per game for the year, and also post a League-high 15 assists and 10.8 three-pointers per contest. Andrew Brown leads the team with 17.0 ppg, and seven players average six points per game or more. That scoring depth was evident when seven different Lafayette players scored in double figures in the two victories last week. Brown was the only one to notch a double-digt total in both games, with five players reaching the mark against UMBC. Lafayette tries to post a three-game winning streak at home against Penn on Wednesday.

    A tough weekend
    While Lafayette's victory over Central Connecticut State capped off the weekend action, Patriot League teams were only able to garner three wins in eight games from Friday-Sunday. Navy had a couple of close calls in the Philly Hoop Group Classic, but lost to Seton Hall, 79-75, and to Penn, 71-67. Bucknell, Colgate and Lehigh also suffered losses. But the weekend action produced victories for Army and American. The Black Knights got 26 points from Jarell Brown in a 63-58 win over Presbyterian, while the Eagles had a convincing all-around performance in a 73-50 victory at NJIT.

    Milennium Men
    Navy's Greg Sprink continues to add to his point total as the only active 1,000-point scorer in the Patriot League. Sprink notched 45 points in two contests over the weekend, and sits 34th in Patriot League annals with 1,267 career points. He is one of 56 players to score at least 1,000 points in League history, and is second in the Patriot League with 19.3 ppg for the year. He'll have the company of one more player in the 1,000-point club soon. Army's Jarell Brown put up a huge week with 56 total points in games against Cornell and Presbyterian, and is now just 10 points away from 1,000 for his career. Brown is averaging 18.2 ppg for the season.

    Still the Only One
    When Lehigh won at St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 17, the Patriot League became the first of 31 Division I conferences to have all of its teams record at least one road victory this season. More than a week later, the Patriot League is still the only one to accomplish the feat. Lehigh's home win over St. Peter's on Nov. 14 made the League the second conference to have every team record at least one win over a Division I opponent. The SEC beat the Patriot League to the mark by day.

    Team Notebooks

    The Eagles split a pair of games on the road last week, knocking off NJIT, 73-50, on Saturday and losing at Morgan State, 62-54, on Tuesday...Garrison Carr averaged 16.5 ppg in the two contests, and is fourth in the Patriot League with 17.7 ppg for the year...He leads all Patriot League players with 26 three-point field goals made for the season, and already has five more treys than he did all of last year...He is shooting 46 percent from beyond the arc...Derrick Mercer is sixth in the Patriot League with 16.0 ppg, making the Eagles the only team in the League with two players averaging more than 15 points per contest...Mercer is in the top five in the League in assists, field goal percentage, three-point percentage and assist/turnover ratio...Carr, Mercer, Frank Borden and Travis Lay all scored in double figures in the win against NJIT...The Eagles forced 26 turnovers in the game, while only committing 11 of their own...American concludes its three-game road trip with a visit to Mount St. Mary's on Monday, then returns home to face UMBC on Saturday.

    The Black Knights went 1-1 last week, notching their first home victory in a 63-58 triumph over Presbyterian on Saturday and losing, 93-78, at Cornell on Tuesday...The win over Presbyterian snapped a two-game losing skid...Jarell Brown scored 30 points in the loss to Cornell, the highest single-game total for a Patriot League player this season....Brown scored 26 in the win over Presbyterian, and hit on 18-of-30 shots in the two games, including 13-of-20 from three-point range...He hit eight three-pointers against Presbyterian, which ranked second on Army's single-game list...He moved into sole possession of third place on Army's career three-pointers list with 170...Josh Moonshower scored a career-high 16 points against Presbyterian...Guard Josh Miller has tied or set a career-high in assists in the last four games, and notched seven in the win over Presbyterian...Miller leads the Patriot League in assists, and is in the top 15 in scoring and rebounds...Army played the Presbyterian game without two of its top big men, Doug Williams and Chris Walker ...They are on the road twice this week, at Hartford on Wednesday and at VMI on Saturday.

    Bucknell fell to 2-2 on the season with a 64-55 loss at Wagner on Saturday in its only game of the week...The Bison trailed 29-13 at halftime after making only 5-27 shots in the first half (1-11 from 3-point range), but they scored 42 points in the second half and closed within seven on three occasions... Patrick Behan scored a career-high 17 points in the loss...Freshman guard Darryl Shazier had a solid day with six points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, while classmate Todd O'Brien notched eight points and six boards...O'Brien also had three blocks in the game, and leads the Patriot League with 11 blocked shots through four games...The Bison lead the League with 4.75 blocks per contest...John Griffin hit two 3-pointers, giving him 153 for his career...Griffin needs one more trey to reach the top five on Bucknell's all-time list...Griffin and Behan lead the Bison and are tied for seventh in the Patriot League with 14.5 ppg...Bucknell returns home for the first time since Nov. 10 when it takes on Marist on Wednesday to kick off a three-game homestand...They also play St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday and La Salle on Dec. 3.

    The Raiders came into the week with an unblemished record, but suffered their first two defeats with a 61-60 loss to Marist on Wednesday and 81-76 loss to Dartmouth on Saturday...Marist scored on a putback with seven seconds left for the victory, while Colgate led Dartmouth by one point with less than five minutes to play...Kyle Roemer was the high scorer in both games, and recorded a career-high 26 points against Dartmouth...He averaged 20.5 ppg for the week, and connected on all 11 foul shots...Roemer leads the Patriot League with 20.2 ppg for the season...Kendall Chones had 20 points against Dartmouth, the fourth time in his career that he has scored 20 or more in a game...Daniel Waddy chipped in with 15 points in the game and Willie Morse had nine, but the other six players to see action totaled only six points...Colgate kicks off a long six-game road swing on Monday at Notre Dame...The Raiders will also become the third Patriot League team to visit Cornell on Saturday, and will not play at home until after the New Year.

    Holy Cross
    The Crusaders only played once last week, and made the most of their outing by beating Harvard, 80-69, on Tuesday...It was the first time that any opponent scored more than 54 points against them, but the Crusaders still lead the Patriot League with 55.5 points per game allowed....They also lead the League in scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percentage defense and rebounding margin...Harvard fought back to tie the score at 62 with 5:56 to play, but the Crusaders answered with a 10-0 run to put the game away...Tim Clifford scored 22 points for the second consecutive game, and now leads the team with 13.5 ppg for the season...Alex Vander Baan had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Adam May had a career-high 16 points and six boards...Vander Baan leads the Patriot League with 8.5 rebounds per game...The Crusaders play the remainder of a four-game homestand this week, putting their undefeated record on the line with games against Ohio on Monday, Yale on Wednesday and Dayton at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday.

    The Leopards were the only Patriot League team to complete a 2-0 week and moved to 3-2 overall with an 87-84 win in overtime over UMBC on Tuesday and a 71-54 victory over Central Connecticut State on Sunday afternoon....Andrew Brown had a team-high point total in both games, scoring 15 against UMBC and 17 against CCSU...Bilal Abdullah had 16 points against CCSU and Paul Cummins added 12, and seven different Lafayette players scored in double figures in at least one of the two games this week, with Brown doing it in both... ..Lafayette hit 12-of-25 three-pointers against CCSU, and 10-of-25 against UMBC for a 44 percent clip from long range for the week...The victory over UMBC avenged an 86-51 loss last season...Lafayette hosts Penn on Wednesday, then is off for the weekend until hosting NJIT on Monday...After that game, the Leopards will play their final eight non-League games on the road and not return home until they play Holy Cross in the League opener on Jan. 12.

    The Mountain Hawks had a tough week on the road, losing 78-66 at Albany on Tuesday and 72-51 at Maryland on Friday...Freshman Rob Keefer scored a career-high 12 points and pulled down six rebounds against Maryland...He has started every game for Lehigh, and leads all Patriot League freshman with 8.0 ppg...Matt Szalachowski tied Keefer for the team lead with 12 points against Maryland, and four different Lehigh players scored in double figures in the two games last week...Zahir Carrington (14) and Bryan White (12) both did it against Albany...The Mountain Hawks lead the Patriot League in assist/turnover ratio, due in large part to Marquis Hall leading the League with twice as many assists as turnovers (18/9)...Bryan White is in the top five in the League in rebounds, blocks and steals...After playing four of its first five games on the road, Lehigh plays five of the next six at home...They host NJIT on Monday and Quinnipiac on Wednesday of this week, before traveling to Central Connecticut State on Saturday.

    The Mids won, 71-60, over Canisius on Wednesday before dropping a pair of heartbreakers over the weekend at the Philly Hoop Group Classic...They had a 16-point first-half lead before falling to Seton Hall, 79-75, and also lost to Penn, 71-67, after holding a halftime advantage...Greg Sprink averaged 20.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg for the week, and was even better in Philadelphia with 22.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg in the two contests...Sprink set a career-high in steals with four against Canisius, then matched it against Seton Hall...He has scored in double figures in every game this year, and has 22 career 20-point games...Navy's 37 three-point attempts against Seton Hall were the second most in school history...The Mids connected on 13 of the 37 shots...Navy shot just 74-of-207 (35.7 percent) in three games during the week...They grabbed 45 offensive rebounds in the three contests...Brian Richards scored a career-high 15 points against Canisius and then grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against Seton Hall...Navy's bench has scored at least 27 points in all seven games this year...The Mids concludes a busy, nine-game Novemeber by playing at Howard on Tuesday and at home against Towson on Thursday...They play Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 3, then have two weeks off before their next action at San Diego State on Dec. 17

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    Notre Dame took the lead the second time it touched the ball and never trailed, handing Colgate its third straight loss, 94-63.

    Coming in, it was Notre Dame's frontcourt that was Colgate's biggest concern. But the Irish used snipers from the three-point arc to dominate in this one. Kyle McAlarney led four Irish players in double figures with 25 points, 21 of which came on his 7 three-pointers. As a team, ND (4-2) went 13 for 28 from three-point range.

    The Irish shot 46.4 percent (32-69) overall from the field and had a 42-28 edge on the glass, including 18 offensive rebounds.

    Kyle Roemer led Colgate (4-3) with 13 points. Daniel Waddy added 10 for the Raiders, who were 21 of 51 (41.2 percent) from the field, 8 of 17 from the arc.

    Box score | South Bend Tribune | Fort Wayne Journal Gazette | The Times (Munster, Ind.) | | AP

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    Monday, November 26, 2007
    The Crusaders host an Ohio U. team that currently is holding the No. 5 spot in the RPI. Even though at this point, the RPI means little -- especially for a team that has played only two games like Ohio -- this looks to be the toughest test to date for Holy Cross. Also on tap tonight, Colgate travels to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, American visits Mount St. Mary's and Lehigh plays host to winless NJIT.

    SCOUTING OHIO: The Bobcats have been idle since a Nov. 17 win over Cornell. That win was one of two over teams favored to win their conference for the 2-0 Bobcats, who also have a win over New Mexico State in their opener.

    This will be the first trip out of Athens, Ohio for the Bobcats this season. Picked to finish third in the Mid American Conference this season, OU has three returning starters and three juco transfers on the roster.

    Jerome Tillman, a 6-6 junior, was an All-MAC pick a year ago and the MAC Report Online player of the year. He is averaging 20.5 points and 8 rebounds per game, shooting 59.3 percent from the field. Tillman has range to the arc, where he has hit 3 of 6 thus far.

    Senior Leon Williams, a second team All-MAC pick last season, is shooting 63.2 percent from the field and averaging a 17 point-10 rebound double-double.

    Junior guard Justin Orr (6-6), who sat out last season after transferring from Murray State is shooting 55.6 percent and averaging 14 ppg and juco transfer Michael Allen, who did not play in the opener, came within an assist of a double-double with 11 points and 9 helpers off the bench against Cornell. Juco transfer Bert Whittington IV has started the first two games at the point.
  • Ohio stats
  • Ohio game notes (pdf)
  • Ohio has double threat at point guard (Athens Messenger)

    SCOUTING NOTRE DAME: In a word, the Irish are big. Ten of the 14 guys on the Fighting Irish roster are 6-7 or taller. That size is reflected in ND's stats. Neither of the Irish's top two scorers are three-point threats. Both are 6-8 or bigger.

    Sophomore Luke Harangody, a 6-8 forward, is averaging 18.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, shooting 58.8 percent from the field. Senior Rob Kura, a 6-9 forward, averages 14 points and 7.2 rebounds. Kyle McAlarney, a 6-0 sophomore, is the leading offensive threat in the backcourt, averaging 10.6 ppg.

    The Irish are shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from the arc, averaging 75.6 points per game. Opponents are shooting 37.1 percent from the field and scoring 59.2 ppg.

    Notre Dame is averaging 8 free throws per game more than their foes and 9 rebounds per game more than the opposition. Their two losses, which came by a combined 5 points, came at the hands of Baylor and Georgia Tech in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The wins have come over Long Island, Monmouth and Youngstown State. In other words, they have beaten the teams they have been expected to.
  • ND stats
  • Gametracker
  • Notre Dame nation
  • Black and Green (ND hoops blog)
  • Preview:Colgate (ND Insider)

    SCOUTING MOUNT ST. MARY'S: The 0-3 Mounts are coming off a game in which they shot 56 percent from the field and still lost by 12. It has been that kind of year for Mount St. Mary's, which was 11 for 21 at the foul line in that game, an 85-73 loss at James Madison. On the season, the Mounts are 22 for 42 at the charity stripe.

    Adding to those woes is the fact they have been getting to the line almost 10 fewer times per game than their opponents and have been outrebounded by an average of 10 per game.

    Senior guard Chris Vann (6-0) is a potent scorer, averaging 20.3 ppg. Vann, who has scored in double figures nine straight games dating to last season, was 5 for 5 from the arc against James Madison. On the season he is shooting 50 percent from three-point range.

    Will Holland, a 6-4 sophomore, is averaging 12 ppg, including a 25-point performance in a loss to George Washington. Point guard Jeremy Goode, a 5-9 sophomore, is averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 assists per game.

    As a team, MSM is shooting 43 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from three-point range. Opponents are shooting 49.7 percent from the field against the Mounts, 39 percent from the arc.
  • MSM stats
  • MSM game notes

    SCOUTING NJIT: The Highlanders are 0-5, coming off a 73-50 loss Saturday to American in a game in which the Highlanders turned the ball over 26 times. thus far in their second season at the Division I level. Leading scorer Kraig Peters, a 6-4 senior, is the only guy averaging in double figures, scoring 10.2 ppg.

    Opponents are holding NJIT to 35.8 percent shooting from the field while lighting up the Highlanders' defense at a 51.4 percent rate, including 42.7 percent from three-point range.
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  • Sunday, November 25, 2007
    The Raiders shot 55.1 percent from the field, but lost for the second straight game, falling 81-76 at home to Dartmouth.

    Colgate (4-2) got 26 points from Kyle Roemer and 20 from Kendall Chones, but 16 turnovers and a lack of defense proved to be the difference. While 'Gate was hitting 27 of 49 from the field, including 6 of 14 three-pointers, Dartmouth was also shooting well, connecting on 53.6 of its shots, including 5 of 11 three-point tries. Both teams made 16 free throws -- the difference was that Dartmouth (2-3) only turned the ball over 9 times. Colgate's extra 7 turnovers translated to 7 extra field goal attempts and three more made shots for the Big Green (30-56).

    Daniel Waddy (15 points) also reached double figures for Colgate, which lost to Dartmouth for the first time in seven meetings.
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    Saturday, November 24, 2007
    Four Patriot League teams in action on this Saturday afternoon, with a fifth taking the court later in the evening. Afternoon matchups include Bucknell and Colgate trying to bounce back from their first losses of the season. The Bison are on Staten Island to face Wagner, Colgate home hosting Dartmouth. Army hosts Division I newcomer Presbytarian and American is at second-year D-I NJIT. Navy will face Penn tonight on the Quakers' home floor in a consolation game of the Philly Hoops Classic.

    SCOUTING WAGNER: The 2-2 Seahawks are coming off an 88-81 win over William and mary that snapped a two-game slide. Wagner's other win came over Lafayette in their opener.

    This is a veteran Wagner team that starts three seniors and a pair of redshirt juniors. Durrel Vinson, a 6-7 senior, leds the scoring (18 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg). Mark Porter, a 6-2 senior, averages 13 points and a team-high 5 assists. Also averaging in double figures ate 6-2 redshirt junior Joey Mundweiler (11.3 ppg) and 6-5 redshirt junior Jamal Smith (10 ppg). The first starter, 607 senior James Ulrich, averages 8.5 ppg.

    The Seahawks are shooting 44.1 percent from the field, just 27.1 percent from the arc. Opponents are shooting 44.1 percent against Wagner,40.4 percent from three-point range.
  • Wagner game notes
  • Wagner stats
  • These Bison freshmen got game (Daily Item)

    SCOUTING PRESBYTERIAN: The Blue Hose are 0-6 in their first season at the Division I level. Opponents have been shooting 51.2 percent from the field against Presbytarian, 44.6 percent from the arc.

    Pat Kiscaden is the only Presbytarian player averaging in double figures. The 6-3 senior is scoing 15.7 ppg, shooting 60.8 percent from the field, 61.4 percent from three-point range. As a team, the Blue Hose are shooting 42.3 percent from the field and being outrebounded by an average of 6 per game.
  • Presbyterian-Army game day
  • Presbyterian stats
  • Presbyterian game notes

    SCOUTING PENN: These are not your father's Quakers, or your big brother's, or anybody else's who has followed Penn in recent years. Under second-year coach Glenn Miller, Penn opened the season 0-3, picked up a win over The Citadel, then resumed losing Friday with a 100-85 loss to Virginia.

    Brian Grandieri (6-4 senior) was the Quakers leading scorer through the first four games (their stats have not been updated as we post this) at 15.8 ppg. Nobody else was in double figures. Freshman Remy Cofield scored 20 against Virginia. That was 20 more points than the 6-4 Cofield had scored through the Quakers first four games. In facvt, prior to the Virginia game, he had only played 19 minutes.

    One problem for Penn thus far has been defending the arc. Opponents shot 46.9 percent from the field in the first four games, 51.3 percent from three-point range.

    The Quakers are without 6-4 sophomore Darren Smith, who is out for the season after breaking his right knee in the opener against Drexel. Grandieri is the only Quaker to start every game thus far for Penn. Miller had used 10 different starters prior to the Virginia game,
  • Penn stats (pdf)
  • Penn roster
  • Cavaliers cruise past the Quakers (Philly Inquirer)
  • Soft Pretzel Logic ( sports producer Jonathan Tannenwald's sports blog -- he game blogged from the Friday's Philly Classic games and knowing Jonathan -- a Penn grad -- he will likely have a lot on this game today)

    SCOUTING NJIT: The Highlanders are 0-4 thus far in their second season at the Division I level. No NJIT player is averaging in double figures. Leading scorer Kraig Peters, a 6-4 senior, is scoring 9.5 ppg.

    Opponents are holding NJIT to 33.7 percent shooting from the field while lighting up the Highlanders' defense at a 52.4 percent rate, including 42.9 percent from three-point range.
  • NJIT stats
  • Gametracker

    SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: The Big Green are a young 1-3 team with just two seniors and five freshmen on the roster. Alex Barnett, a 6-6 junior, leads Dartmouth in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg). Barnett is shooting 51.1 percent from the field.

    DeVon Mosley, a 6-1 junior, is also in double figures at 13.3 ppg. As a team, Dartmouth is shooting 39 percent from the field while allowing opponents to hit at a 45.3 percent clip.
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  • Thursday, November 22, 2007
    Two words you will likely hear a lot out of Emmett Davis' mouth the next few Raiders practices; Box out.

    Spongey Benjamin's putback with 10 seconds to go gave Marist a 61-60 win in front of 478 fans in Hamilton, handing Colgate its first loss after a 4-0 start.

    Benjamin's game-winner negated a Colgate comeback that saw them claw their way out of an 11-point second-half deficit. The game was tied at the half, 31-31, but Marist pushed the lead to 11 early in the second and was still up 48-38 with 7:45 to go before the Raiders put together a 12-0 run, tying it on an Alex Woodhouse dunk and taking the lead when Kyle Roemer hit both free throws after a technical on Marist's Ben Farmer.

    The Raiders had two chances to stretch the lead. On the ensuing possession, Roemer, who finished with 15 points but was 4 for 13 from the field, missed a three. And after Marist cut it to one with a Ryan Stilphen free throw, Daniel Waddy missed a three at the Colgate end, setting the stage for Benjamin's heroics. Colgate had one more chance, but Waddy, who finished with 13 points, missed a desperation three at the buzzer.
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    Wednesday, November 21, 2007
    The unbeaten Raiders host Marist in a BracketBusters rematch in the only game on the Patriot League slate tonight.

    SCOUTING MARIST: The Red Foxes are 1-3 after dropping three straight at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Marist's first two losses came without the services of senior guard Louie McCroskey, a 6-5 senior guard who played all 40 minutes in the Red Foxes' loss to Temple in the seventh place consolation game. McCroskey scored 18 points in his Marist debut, which was delayed three games for either violating team rules or due to questions about his academic eligibility -- depending which story you read.

    Spongy Benjamin, a 6-7 senior, averages 11 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for Marist.
  • Marist stats
  • Marist still a force in basketball (Times Herald-Record)
  • Louie McCroskey returns to CNY - with Marist (Syracuse Post-Standard)

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  • Tuesday, November 20, 2007
    The season's busiest night to date is on tap with a seven six-game slate. Two games, Army at Cornell and Harvard at Holy Cross, pit Patriot League teams against Ivies. Also on the slate are tough tests for Lehigh (at Albany), Colgate (home vs. Marist), American (at Morgan State), Lafayette (hosting UMBC). Rounding out the schedule is Canisus at Navy. EDITOR'S NOTE: It happens every year, at least once; we go by the composite schedule in the league's media guide and then find out later the date or time for a game has been changed, or listed incorrectly. The Marist-Colgate game is Wednesday, not tonight. The Marist scouting report is here anyhow, if you are interested.)

    SCOUTING CORNELL: The Big Red (1-1) has been an offensive juggernaut through two games, averaging 88 points per game. They also give up points by the bushel -- 102 in their most recent outing, a 102-89 loss to Ohio and 83 in their 87-83 opening win over Lehigh.

    Jason Hartford (18.5 ppg) , a 6-9 forward with three-point range, leads Cornell. Hartford is also the Big Red's top rebounder (6.5 per game). Guard Ryan Wittman is averaging 16 ppg and is 8 for 12 from the arc in two games. Louis Dale, a 5-11 sophomore, sets up the scoring. Dale is averaging 9.5 assists per game.

    Cornell has won eight in a row against Army. Junior Brian Keefer scored 23 in a Cornell win over Army last season and has averaged 16 ppg in two careeer games against the Big Red. But Army probably does not have to worry about him this time. In two games, Keefer has a DNP in one and played 3 minutes in the other.

    The Black Knights have plenty of other folks to be concerned about, though. In addition to hartford and Wittman, three other Cornell players average (stats are pdf file) in double figures.
  • Men's basketball hosts Army (Cornell Sun)
  • Cornell Basketball Blog
  • Cornell game notes

    SCOUTING MORGAN STATE: The Bears are 2-1 headed into their home opener against American. Included in their wins is a 77-53 win at Saint Francis (Pa.). AU also has a win at Saint Francis. Morgan State's other win came over Ohio Valley, a Division II team (77-66) in the consolation round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Storrs regional. That followed a 69-65 loss to UConn in the opener.

    Coached by former Cal coach Todd Bozeman, the Bears are led by Reggie Holmes, a 6-4 sophomore guard who averages 17 ppg. Holmes is 11 for 19 from the arc in three games. Marquise Kately (6-5 junior forward) averages 13.7 ppg and Jamar Smith (6-2 senior guard) averages 12.3 ppg. In the paint, 6-9 senior Boubacar Coly is averaging almost a double-double at 9.3 points and 10 rebounds per game.

    Morgan State is shooting only 43.5 percent from the field as a team, but they have held opponents to 41.7 percent.
  • Morgan State radio
  • Morgan State stats
  • Morgan State game notes
  • Bears looking to clip Eagles in home opener (Examiner)

    SCOUTING MARIST: The Red Foxes are 1-3 after dropping three straight at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Marist's first two losses came without the services of senior guard Louie McCroskey, a 6-5 senior guard who played all 40 minutes in the Red Foxes' loss to Temple in the seventh place consolation game. McCroskey scored 18 points in his Marist debut, which was delayed three games for either violating team rules or due to questions about his academic eligibility -- depending which story you read.

    Spongy Benjamin, a 6-7 senior, averages 11 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for Marist.
  • Marist stats
  • Marist still a force in basketball (Times Herald-Record)

    SCOUTING UMBC: The Retrievers are 3-0 for the first time since 2002 following a 70-68 win at Richmond. How they are undefeated is a bit of a mystery. UMBC is shooting 42.3 percent from the field and allowing opponents to shoot 47 percent. But the Retrievers are hotting better from the arc (43.6 percent) than from two-point range and have been getting to the foul line an average of 10 times more per game than their opponents.

    UMBC only goes seven deep, which ought to translate into a legs issue at some point if they keep playing at the pace they have been (75.7 ppg). Whether that will be a problem against a Lafayette team that tends to sub in waves remains to be seen -- it is still early in the season.

    Four players average in double figures for UMBC. Senior Brian Hodges (6-3) leads the way with 17.7 ppg. Coppin State transfer Darryl Proctor, a 6-4 junior, averages 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. James Madison transfer Cavell Johnson (6-8 senior) is averaging almost a double-double at 15.3 points and 9 boards and 6-2 senior guard Ray Barbosa, another James Madison transfer, is scoring 11.3 per game.

    It will be a homecoming of sorts for Barbosa, an Allentown native who reportedly considered Lehigh before settling on UMBC when he decided to leave James Madison. Little used 5-8 senior guard Jay Greene is also a Lehigh Valley native (Whitehall HS).
  • Men's basketball gets shots to fall, runs record to 3-0 on season (The Retriever)
  • UMBC game notes
  • UMBC stats

    SCOUTING ALBANY: The Great Danes are 2-1 after losing their opener 55-42 at Bucknell. Since then, the Danes have posted wins at Central Connecticut and, most recently, at home over Columbia in a game where they held the Lions to 38 points (70-38).

    Defense is Albany's calling card thus far. The Danes are shooting just 42.7 percent from the field and have just two players averaging in double figures (Brian Lillis, 6-5 guard, and Jon Iati, a 5-9 senior guard both average 12.7 ppg), but they have held opponents to 34 percent shooting from the field and just 15 percent shooting from the arc.

    The Danes roster includes nine guys 6-5 or taller. Their starting fibe goes 6-8, 6-8, 6-7, 6-5, 6-5. That helps explain why opponents are having such difficulty from the perimeter. Lehigh guard Marquis Hall, the Mountain Hawks' leading scorer, will be giving away six inches to whichever guard Albany coach Will Brown decided to play on him (either Lillis or 6-5 Jerel Hastings.
  • U Albany-Lehigh previw (Albany Times Union blog)
  • Albany stats

    SCOUTING CANISIUS: The Golden Griff are 0-2 and coming off the worst loss in school history (93-40 at Penn State). Canisius also failed to score 50 in a season-opening loss to Colgate.

    Freshman Elton Frazier posted a 13-13 double-double at Penn State. He leads Canisus in scoring (10 ppg) and rebounds (9 rpg.)
  • Canisius road trip blog
  • Canisius game notes

    SCOUTING HARVARD: Tommy Amaker's Crimson are 2-2 after winning their last two over Northwestern State and Mercer. Harvard opened with losses to Stanford and UC Santa Barbara.

    Four players are averaging in double figures for Harvard, led by 6-0 junior Drew Houseman (14.3 ppg) and 6-2 sophomore Jeremy Lin (13.8 ppg). Senior guard Andrew Pusar averages 11.5 ppg and 6-9 junior Evan Harris averages 11 ppg and shares the team lead in rebounding with 7.3 rpg.
  • Harvard Crimson (student paper) men's basketball page
  • Harvard statistics

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  • Monday, November 19, 2007
    Highlights from the latest memo from the home office in Bethlehem:

    Team Notebooks

    American earned its first home victory of the season with a 64-56 triumph over Stony Brook on Sunday afernoon...Earlier in the week, the Eagles lost a pair of games to MAAC teams falling at Loyola (Md.), 71-67, on Tuesday and losing their home opener to Fairfield, 60-52, on Thursday...Derrick Mercer nearly notched a triple-double in the win against Stony Brook, recording 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists....Mercer played every minute of all three games last week...He moved into the American top 10 with 266 career assists...Garrison Carr averaged over 17 points for the week...Both players are tied for the team lead with 18.2 ppg for the season...American's two-game losing streak that was snapped Sunday was its longest since last February....The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Morgan State.

    The Black Knights fell in their home opener to Long Island, 64-54, on Friday...They got into the win column for the first timewith a 64-49 triumph at Sacred Heart on Monday...Jarell Brown starred against Sacred Heart, scoring 26 points on 9-of-16 from the field and 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc...Brown's six three-pointers against the Pioneers tied for 10th on the Army single-game list ... It was the 17th game of his career with at least 20 points...Brown has not been held to less than 10 points in consecutive games since the start of the 2005-06 season, though he was held to four in the loss to Long Island...He is now only 66 points shy of 1,000 for his career...The Black Knights' overcame a 10-point first-half deficit in the win against Sacred Heart. It was their first double-digit comeback in a victory since Dec. 2, 2005 at Columbia...Army has made at least one three-pointer in 174 straight games...With the win against Sacred Heart, Army is now 13-3 in the Jim Crews Era when holding teams to less than 50 points...Kenny Brewer, Josh Miller and John Moonshower all set or tied career highs in points against LIU...The Black Knights are back on the road Tuesday at Cornell.

    Bucknell scored a solid non-League win with a 71-57 triumph at Towson on Wednesday, and just missed an upset with a 70-64 loss at No. 23/24 Villanova on Sunday...The Bison led Villanova by eight points at halftime, and had a nine-point edge early in the second half...The game was tied inside 4:00 to play, but the Wildcats pulled it out in the end... Bucknell set a school record with 15 3-pointers in the game, six coming from John Griffin and four from Patrick Behan...Griffin had his first two 20-point games last week, recording 21 against Towson and topping it with 22 against Villanova....Griffin had 17 in the first half against the Wildcats...He has 151 career three-pointers, and needs only three more to enter the Bucknell top five...Behan tied his career high with 16 points against the Wildcats...Justin Castleberry equaled his career high with 16 points in the win at Towson, scoring all 16 in the second half...Freshman G.W. Boon had 11 points in 14 minutes against Villanova...The Bison shot 25-for-54 (.463) from the arc in the two games last week....Bucknell is off until Saturday when it travels to Wagner.

    Colgate rolled off an impressive week, winning the 100 Club Classic with wins over Texas State and host Kennesaw State over the weekend and recording a 61-47 victory at Cansisus on Tuesday...They are at 4-0 for the first time as a Patriot League member, and the first time overall since 1979-80...Colgate's win at Canisius was its first since 1946-47, breaking a string of 13 consecutive road losses to the Golden Griffins...Kyle Roemer was named MVP of the 100 Club Classic after recording 24 points in the win over Texas State and 25 in the championship game victory over Kennesaw State...Roemer moved into seventh place in school history with 121 three-point field goals made...Tim Pounds had a career-high 19 points in the win over Texas State, and Ben Jonson had a career-high 15 in the win over Kennesaw State...Both players were named to the All-Tournament team...The Raiders play the last Patriot League game before Thanksgiving, hosting Marist on Wednesday night.

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    The Crusaders moved their record to 3-0 with a 60-52 win at Hampton on Saturday...They won both games on the road last week, knocking off Fairfield 67-54 on Tuesday...They have held all three opponents under 55 points this season, and are allowing only 51 points per game overall...Colin Cunningham had a career-high in points (17) against Fairfield, and in assists (5) against Hampton....Cunningham connected on all 11 of his foul shots during the week...Freshman Andrew Beinert scored the first two points of his career against Fairfield, and connected on a pair of three-pointers againt Hampton....Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year Tim Clifford tallied a game-high 22 points in the win at Hampton....The Crusaders held the Pirates to 15-of-49 (30.6 percent) shooting in the win...They are back in action Tuesday night at home against Harvard.

    The Leopards notched their first win of the season in overtime with a 76-68 triumph at Stony Brook on Monday, then fell to Fairleigh Dickinson, 98-92, on Friday at home...Lafayette trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half against Stony Brook...Andrew Brown sent the Stony Brook game to overtime with a basket with 17 seconds to play, and scored all of his 21 points in the second half and overtime...Brown followed that with an 18-point, four-assist effort against Fairleigh Dickinson to average 19.5 ppg for the week...Freshman Deirunas Visockas had a breakout game against FDU with 15 points in just 15 minutes, and shot 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range...Lafayette had four players in double digits for the first time since Jan. 11, 2006 in the win over Stony Brook, then did it again in the loss to FDU...Brown and Bilal Abdullah were in double figures in both games, while Matt Betley, Michael Gruner, Jeff Kari and Visockas all had a game of 10 points or more...Lafayette is at home on Tuesday against UMBC.

    Lehigh got its overall record to 2-1 with a pair of wins this week, knocking off St. Peter's, 60-56, at home on Wednesday for First-Year Head Coach Brett Reed's first win and won at St. Francis (Pa.) 71-66 on Saturday...Marquis Hall came up huge in both games, hitting the game-winning shot with 49 seconds to play for a 57-56 lead and scoring the final seven Lehigh points in the last 1:24 against St. Peter's and scoring six points in the final 2:39 and hitting a go-ahead and eventual game-winning three-pointer with 1:04 to play against St. Francis (Pa.)...Hall averaged 18.5 ppg in the two games, and leads the Mountain Hawks with 18.0 ppg for the season...Senior Bryan White has pulled down a total of 44 rebounds in his last four games, including two games of double-digit boards this season...Lehigh beat St. Peter's for the first time ever, and knocked off St. Francis (Pa.) for the first time since 1986...Lehigh won its first home opener since 2002...The win at St. Francis (Pa.) was Lehigh's first non-league road victory sine January 2, 2006 when the Mountain Hawks defeated Columbia...This is the earliest that Lehigh has been above .500 since 2002-03...The Mountain Hawks go to Albany on Tuesday.

    The Mids dropped a pair of games last week, losing at Texas-San Antonio 77-67 on Saturday after falling, 93-77, to Robert Morris in their home opener on Wednesday...Greg Sprink led the way with 19 points, four assists and three rebounds against Robert Morris, and totaled 13 points against Texas-San Antonio...Freshman Mark Veazey notched seven points, eight rebounds and two blocks against Robert Morris...Navy outrebounded its first foe since Jan. 6, 2007, in the loss to Texas-San Antonio, a span of 18 games. The last opponent Navy outrebounded was Bucknell in the Patriot League opener a year ago...Navy's 15 offensive rebounds against UTSA were the most since recording 17 against Colgate on Feb. 25, 2006...Navy's bench is shooting 49.5 percent this year and is averaging 33.0 points per game...Navy fired just 12 three-point shots, making five against UTSA. The 12 three-point attempts are the fewest since shooting just 11 against American on Feb. 23, 2006. The five made three-pointers are the fewest since making three in that same game...Navy has a busy week, hosting Canisus on Tuesday before playing in the Philly Classic on Friday against Seton Hall and Saturday against Penn or Virginia...Games are being played at the Palestra.

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    NO RUST ON ROEMER: One of the questions for Colgate entering the season was how effective Kyle Roemer would be after missing the Raiders last 32 games over the past two seasons due to injuries. Conventional wisdom was that it would take Roemer at least a few games to shake off the rust accumulated after missing the final three games of the 2005-06 season with a concussion and all 29 of last season with an ankle injury.

    The answer is: no time at all. Roemer is averaging a league-best 20 points per game through Colgate's first four outings. The 6-3 redshirt (medical) junior, who averaged 10.7 ppg through his first two seasons, has scored 15, 16, 24 and 25 in four games thus far. The 25 against Kennesaw State Saturday broke his career-high set the night before against Texas State. The two 20-point games equalled the number of 20-point performances Roemer recorded in the first 54 games of his career.

    This far, Roemer is shooting 40 percent from three-point range, with 12 of his 26 field goals coming from the arc.

    BROWN OUT: Big things are expected this season from Army's Jarrell Brown, but through three games, Brown's offense has been hit or miss -- and more miss than hit. Sandwiched around his 26-point outburst against Sacred Heart are a 5-point night in the opener at Minnesota and a 4-point showing in last week's loss to Long Island.

    Brown, who scored 20 points in 11 games last season and reached double figures in 26 of the Black Knights' 31 contests, averaged 16.9 points per game last season, shooting 41.8 percent from the field. He is shooting just 34.3 percent this season, and his average is down to 11.7 ppg, tied with teammate Kenny Brewer, who is averaging 11.7 ppg off the bench. Brewer has arguably been Army's best offensive player. He is shooting 62.5 percent from the floor.

    SMALL BALL: American coach Jeff Jones was looking to add some size to his lineup after the graduation Brayden Billbe and Paulius Jonelius when he went the juco route in recruiting. But after a 1-2 start, Jones went smaller in the Eagles' win Sunday over Stony Brook. Cornelius Guibunda, the 6-9 junior transfer from Georgetown, who started the first three games, was relegated to the bench. His place in the starting lineup was taken by 6-5 Jordan Nichols. Guibunda played only 3 minutes against Stony Brook.

    GROWING PAINS: Navy, on the other hand, has tried to go bigger this season, starting a pair of 6-10 guys in all four games. Freshman Mark Veazey has started all four games. Fellow freshman Jeremy Wilson, another 6-10 guy, started in Navy's most recent contest, replacing 6-10 senior Ben Biles in the starting five But the added size has not resulted in an added presence in the paint. Navy has been outrebounded by an average of more than 6 boards per game. The lack of an inside attack is a big reason why opponents have made 82 free throws (on 115 tries) thus far, while Navy has only shot 78 (54 made).

    Navy's 1-3 start can't be blamed entirely on the big men, though. The Mids are also averaging 20.3 turnovers per game.

    NAVY'S NOT ALONE: Through three games, 1-2 Lafayette has also had inside problems. The Leopards are shooting almost two percentage points (43.2-41.3) better than their opponents and have hit twice as many threes (32-15, Lafayette shooting 39.5 percent, foes 26.3 from the arc). But the 'Pards are 1-3. The slow start is primarily due to being outrebounded on average by 10 boards per game (44.3-34.3). It has not helped that opponents have made 77 of 106 free throws and Lafayette has only shot 83 foul shots (making 54).

    YOU ARE WHO YOU PLAY: It is still way too early to take the RPI rankings seriously, but the early numbers do give you a peak at both the relative strength of the league's teams, and to perhaps a greater extent, the strength of the schedules they have played. Bucknell, which was No. 1 last week, slipped, but not far, after Sunday's loss to Villanova. The Bison are No. 6 in the RPI as of Monday morning. Holy Cross is up to No. 11 after beating Hampton and Colgate is also in the top 64, checking in at No. 58. Navy is the only other team in the top 200 (barely), checking in at 197. Other league teams and their RPI; Lehigh - 200, American - 276, Army - 324 and Lafayette - 325. As a conference, the Patriot now ranks No. 18 out of the nation's 32 (including independents) Division I leagues.

    NO SURPRISES: Pat Flannery was not surprised Bucknell played Villanova so tough Sunday. Even though the Bison team that beat Kansas had lost by 38 in the ski lodge the last time Bucknell visited the Main Line, and the Bucknell team that made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament the next year lost by 19 at home, and even though Bucknell's rotation included only one senior and three freshmen, there was no intimidation factor.

    "We have some players. We're not coming down here without any players," said Flannery. "Now when we come into a Villnova, there is not that awe, not that wow."

    Villanova coach Jay Wright agreed: "I don't think anybody here is surprised. Anybody who saw the halftime score (Bucknell 35, Villanova 27) was not surprised. They do it to everybody. They are just that good."

    YOUNG GUNS: You know Bucknell has three freshmen in the rotation, and two of their three seniors out of action due to injuries. But here is another number that emphasizes just how young and inexperienced the Bison are: 38. That is how many starts the dozen guys who have dressed for Bucknell this season had between them when the season started. All 38 of those, by the way, belonged to senior John Griffin.

    BLOCK PARTY: Bucknell freshman Todd O'Brien blocked two more shots against Villanova, giving him three straight games with multiple blocks and eight total rejections through the first three games of his career. O'Brien's average of 2.7 blocks per game ranks tops in the league and 39th in the nation. That pace would have been tops in the Patriot League in nine of the past 16 seasons.

    As a team, Bucknell had three blocks against Villanova, giving the Bison three or more in three games this season, equalling the number of times they blocked three in a game all of last season.

    FOUL MOOD: Holy Cross center Tim Clifford has fouled out twice already in the Crusaders' first three games. Clifford has now been disqualified in 17 games in his career. Clifford's pace of 8.8 fouls per 40 minutes this season is even higher than his career pace of 5.4 fouls per 40 minutes. As a freshman, Clifford averaged 6.3 fouls per 40 minutes. That number dipped to 5.5 per 40 as a sophomore and 4.9 40 last season.

    Since Clifford has averaged 15 points and 7.3 rebounds per 40 minutes over his career, his ability to stay on the floor longer could pay huge dividends for Holy Cross.

    LEAGUE LEADERS: Conference leaders in selected categories through Sunday with their NCAA rank in parentheses:
    Scoring: Kyle Roemer, Colgate -- 20 ppg (tie 72)
    Rebounding: Bryan White, Lehigh -- 10.7 rpg (tie 30)
    Blocked shots: Todd O'Brien, Bucknell -- 2.7 bpg (39)
    3 pt. FG pct.: G.W. Boon, Bucknell; Michael Gruner, Lafayette -- 50 percent (tie 150)

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    Sunday, November 18, 2007
    (Originally posted Sat, at 11:33 p.m., links added at 7:14 a.m.)
    Colgate coach Emmett Davis was still an undergrad at St. Lawrence, Jimmy Carter was president, Rickey Henderson had just completed his rookie season and Roger Staubach was playing his final season back in 1979. That also was the last time Colgate started a basketball season 4-0 until Saturday night, when they won their fourth in a row, defeating Kennesaw State 81-53 in the final of Kennesaw State's 100 Club Classic.

    Kyle Roemer led Colgate with 25 points, earning tournament MVP honors. Tim Pounds had 12 and sophomore Ben Jonson a career-high 15. Pounds and Jonson joined Roemer on the all-tournament team.

    The Raiders took their first lead game midway through the first half on an Alex Woodhouse bucket and went on to build a 30-21 edge at the half. The second half was all Colgate. The Raiders, who shot 31 percent from the floor in the first half, caught fire after intermission, hitting at a 57.7 percent clip in the second to finish the game 24 for 54 (44.4 percent). Colgate, which held Kennesaw State to 19 for 51 shooting (37.3 percent) from the field, led by as many as 32 points in the second half.
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    Saturday, November 17, 2007
    Two teams look to stay unbeaten tonight in a four-game schedule of non-conference matchups. The most intriguing is Holy Cross' visit to Hampton, where Ralph Willard faces Kevin Nickelberry in a mentor-protege coaching matchup. Also on tap, Colgate takes on Kennesaw State in the finals of Kennesaw's tournament, Navy plays in the Alamo Dome against Texas-San Antonio and Lehigh heads across Pa. to face St. Francis.

    SCOUTING HAMPTON: Former Willard assistant Nickelberry has turned things around in a hurry at Hampton. In his second year, the Pirates are favored to win the MEAC title.

    The Pirates are led by 6-1 senior guard Rashard West, a first team All-MEAC pick last season (and again this preseason) who led the conference in scoring last year (17.8 ppg). West is averaging 21.7 ppg thus far.

    Vincent Simpson (6-1 soph.), last season's starter at the point, is averaging 18.3 ppg off the bench. Simpson is part of a stellar sophomore class that also includes preseason second team All-MEAC picks 6-8 Matthew Pilgrim (10.3 ppg) and 6-8 Michael Freeman (6.3 ppg), last year's MEAC rookie of the year.

    Don't let Hampton's 1-2 record fool you. The two losses, both by six points, were on the road at Maryland and Kent State. Their win came at home against Tulsa.

    And don't let opponents scoring 67.3 ppg make you think the Pirates don't play defense. Despite the faster-paced, attacking style Nickelberry prefers, Hampton has held opponents to 40.9 percent shooting from the field.
  • Out to make an impression (Hampton preview from The (Newport News) Daily Press)
  • Clifford points way for Crusaders (Boston Herald)

    SCOUTING TEXAS- SAN ANTONIO:Picked to finish fifth in the West Division of the Southland Conference (ahead of only Texas State), the Roadrunners certainly did not live up to their nickname their last time out, scoring only 37 points in a loss to No. 15 Texas. UTSA is either 1-1, or 0-1, depending how you view it. On its Web site, UTSA says 1-1, counting a win over Division III Hardin-Simmons. Hardin-Simmons' site calls that game an exhibition. You be the judge.

    Freshman Devin Gibson posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds against Texas. Gibson is averaging 16.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. junior Travis Gabbidon (6-7), one of eight juco transfers on the roster, averages 11.5 ppg.

    This is one offensively challenged team. That low point total against Texas does not appear to be just a matter of the Roadrunners moving up in class for a buy game. UTSA is shooting 34.4 percent from the field thus far. Sure the 26.7 percent night against the Longhorns did not help. But UTSA only shot 41.2 percent (33.3 percent in the first half) against D-III Hardin-Simmons. That is a continuation of a theme set by last season's 7-22 team, which shot 40.4 percent from the field and averaged only 57.1 ppg.

    This is being billed as an Alamodome dress rehearsal for the spring's Final Four, though a more apt billing might be to call it a game between two teams in a big empty building. UTSA drew only 1,593 fans for its home opener. That won't translate well in the 20,000-seat dome.
  • UTSA game notes

    SCOUTING KENNESAW STATE: The Owls come in at 1-2 after picking up their first win in Friday's opening round against Jacksonville State. Shuan Stegall, a 6-7 senior, had 19 points and 12 boards in that win. Stegall is averaging a double-double (16 ppg/10.5 rpg) through three games. Ronnell Wooten, a 6-4 senior who was a second team All-Atlantic Sun pick last season, is averaging 12.3 ppg and 6-7 freshman Tanner Jacobs averages 10.3 ppg. The Owls are shooting 39.2 percent from the field, while opponents are hitting at a 53.8 percent clip. Jacksonville State shot over 50 percent against KSU, so it is not just a matter of stats skewed by losses to Western Kentucky and Auburn. But the Owls inside game gave them a 46-34 edge on the boards -- including 16 offensive rebounds -- and they went to the line 32 times (making 20) while Jacksonsville was a woeful 4 for 17 at the charity stripe.
  • KSU coach Tony Lingle's Web site
  • Gametracker
  • The (Atlantic) Sun also rises: Tiny conference sticks it to the big boys (Sporting News)

    SCOUTING ST. FRANCIS (PA): The Red Flash are 0-3 thus far, including a season-opening loss at home against American. Sophomore Devin Sweetney leads the Red Flash with 11 points per game. Junios Grant Surprenant is a 6-5 threat from the perimeter. Surprenantis averaging 10 ppg and is 8 for 12 from the arc thus far. Bassirou Dieng, a 6-9 junior from Senegal, also averages in double figures at 10.7 ppg. Junior Chris Berry averages 9.7 ppg and a team-high 6 rebounds per game. Defense has been a problem for the Red Flash. Opponents are shooting 46.8 percent, including 39.2 from thee-point range and averaging more than 75 points per game.
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  • Forget those Texas State dancing girls. It was Colgates's Kyle Roemer who was struttin' his stuff in the Raiders' 83-77 win.

    Roemer went 7 for 15 from the field, finishing with 24 points to lead Colgate past Texas State and into the finals of Kennesaw State's 100 Club Classic. Why Roemer bothered shooting inside the arc is beyond me. The 6-3 junior from California hit 5 threes on 10 attempts. Inside the arc he shot a lesser percentage, hitting 2 of 5.

    Tim Pounds added 19 points for Colgate, which shot 53.8 percent (28-52) from the fgield and outrebounded the Bobcats 47-28.

    Junior forward Brandon Bush led Texas State with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double. The Bobcats hit 23 of 68 (33.8 percent)from the field.

    The Raiders will face host Kennesaw State (1-2) in Saturday night's final. Kennesaw State advanced by downing Jacksonville State 80-74 in the other semifinal.
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    Two more games against Northeast Conference foes tonight, with Long Island at Army and Fairleigh Ridiculous Dickinson at Lafayette. But our favorite matchup tonight takes place in Kennesaw, Ga., where Colgate looks to go to 3-0 against a chuck-and-duck Southland Conference team from southwest Texas.

    SCOUTING TEXAS STATEFor a school we'd never heard of before Colgate announced its schedule, these guys sure have a lot of traditions. Our favorite of the bunch, hands down, being The Texas Strutters

    Did you know:
  • This is a huge school, 28,132 students
  • Boko the bobcat was the 2006 United Spirit Association Collegiate Nationals championship mascot of the year
  • The Strutters have performed on every major television network, a national television commercial, appeared in two U.S. Presidential inaugurations, five motion pictures, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, MTV's TRL, and 17 countries spanning 4 continents, including being the first U.S. dance team to perform in the People's Republic of China.

    Of course the reason Texas State might sound unfamiliar is because for years it was known as Southwest Texas State. The name changed in 2003. The Bobcats tradition in hoops has fallen on hard times recently. They were 9-20 last season. That sounds bad until you realize it was three times as many games as they won in 2005-2006. But over the years they can boast two trips to the NCAA Tournament and an NAIA National title

    Picked to finish sixth in the six-team West division of the Southland Conference, Texas State's roster includes four starters from the team that went 1-13 away from home last season. Junior forward Brandon Bush (6-7) led the team in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg) last season and through two games is leading both categories again (20 ppg, 9 rpg). Brandon Thomas, a 6-3 senior guard, is averaging 13.5 ppg and 6.5 rebounds. Juco transfer Brent Benson is averaging 10.5 ppg off the bench.

    Of course all those stats came in games against something called Huston-Tillotson (NAIA) and Dallas Baptist (D-II). Texas State averaged 100 ppg in those two matchups. This will be the Bobcats first game against a Division I team.

    Second-year coach Doug Davalos prefers an up-tempo, full-court style. Last year it t resulted in Texas State averaging 77.6 points per game. The downside was that opponents averaged 85.4 ppg against the Bobcats.
  • Blue Ribbon preview
  • Bobcats begin Davalos era (TSU release includes coach's comments on all players)
  • Texas State fight song (mp3)

    SCOUTING LONG ISLAND Picked to finish last in the 11-team Northeast Conference, the Blackbirds are coming off a 10-19 season in which they were 4-12 on the road. LIU opened the season Monday with an 82-50 loss at Notre Dame. Senior Kellen Allen, a 6-7 frontcourt type, led LIU with 16 points in the loss. Freshman Kyle Johnson, a 6-3 guard, added 12.

    Here is a look at the Blackbirds from an NEC preseason release:
    Looking for a return to prominence, a significant personnel facelift has given sixth year head coach Jim Ferry the opportunity to flip the reset switch and take the Long Island program in a new direction this coming season.

    With star guard James Williams - the face of the Blackbirds in recent years and the 17th-leading scorer in NEC history with 1,710 points - and two of his key cohorts now graduated, Ferry improved the team’s athleticism in the offseason with a number of pivotal additions to the lineup who will complement a cast of veteran returnees.

    Long Island’s experience lies in its frontcourt, anchored by seniors Eugene Kotorobai, Paska Morkeliunas and Kellen Allen. One of the NEC’s top three-point threats the last two years, the 6’5” Kotorobai drilled 52 shots from beyond the arc and ranked sixth in the league with a 40.0 percent success rate from outside the arc in 2006-07. He is also the team’s leading returning scorer (9.7 ppg) and rebounder (6.5 rpg). Morkeliunas (4.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg) is a rugged interior defender who at 6’7”, 230 lbs., has an innate ability to draw fouls in the paint. Last season, he went to the line 109 times, the second-highest figure on the team despite averaging just over 16 minutes per game. Long Island’s low-post offense will be bolstered with the return of 6’7” Allen, a jump hook specialist who missed the last 18 games of the 2006-07 campaign with an injury. When healthy, Allen averaged 4.8 ppg and converted 56.5 percent of his shot opportunities. Sophomore Aurimas Adomaitis, the team’s biggest player at 6’8” and 235 lbs., started 21 games in a promising freshman campaign, averaging 6.0 ppg and 3.2 rpg. Junior forward Albert Forbes, who has suffered through two injury plagued seasons and has yet to suit up for the Blackbirds, will provide depth up front.

    Sophomore Jaytornah Wisseh and junior Tyrone Mattison will push the tempo in the team’s ultra-swift backcourt. Wisseh displayed tremendous upside for Long Island last season when he was tabbed to the all-NEC Rookie team. A freewheeling penetrator, Wisseh often seemed unguardable in one-on-one situations and served notice of his skills with back-to-back 20+ point outings in early February, including a career-best 29-point effort at Sacred Heart. He averaged 8.7 ppg on the season and led the team with 3.0 apg. Manning the point, Mattison often deferred on offense to Williams and fellow graduate Aubin Scott, but should come into his own this season with two years under his belt. Extremely quick coast-to-coast, Mattison contributed 6.3 ppg and 2.0 spg as a sophomore.

    Ferry wasted little time replenishing his backcourt with the addition of 6’1” shooter David Hicks during last fall’s signing period. A Minnesota native, Hicks prepped at South Kent in Connecticut in 2006-07. During the spring, Ferry added 5’11” Nehemiah Weicks out of the California JUCO ranks. Weicks is versatile enough to play either guard position and like Hicks, can stroke it from the outside. The Blackbirds also received a commitment from 6’4” forward Ron Manigault, a New York City native who played two years at the City College of San Francisco. The cousin of local playground legend Earl “The Goat” Manigault, he has the versatility to play any of four positions and will add some grit to the Blackbird lineup. LIU landed another urban recruit in 6’7” forward Ike Udanoh, a Detroit native whose natural athleticism and aggressiveness on the boards will serve him well in an up-tempo atmosphere. Ferry completed his recruiting class in the summer with the addition of two more guards, 6’3” Kyle Johnson out of Ontario, Canada and 6’1” Alan Mozee from Oklahoma City.

    Long Island By The Numbers

    Quick Facts
    2006-07 Overall Record: 10-19
    2006-07 NEC Record/Finish: 6-10/10th
    NEC Tournament Finish: Did not qualify
    Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3
    Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/6
    2006-07 Final RPI: 310
    Games Decided By 5 Points or Less: 5-5

    NEC Record
    Last Two Years: 15-21 (.417)
    Last Three Years 25-29 (.463)
    Last Four Years: 29-43 (.403)
    Last Five Years: 36-54 (.400)

    Overall Record
    Last Two Years: 22-35 (.386)
    Last Three Years 36-50 (.419)
    Last Four Years: 44-69 (.389)
    Last Five Years: 53-88 (.376)

    Leading Returning Scorers
    Eugene Kotorobai: 9.7 ppg
    Jaytornah Wisseh: 8.7 ppg
    Tyrone Mattison: 6.3 ppg

    Leading Returning Rebounders
    Eugene Kotorobai: 6.5 rpg
    Paska Morkeliunas: 3.7 rpg
    Aurimas Adomaitis: 3.2 rpg

    Leading Returning Assists
    Jaytornah Wisseh: 3.0 apg
    Tyrone Mattison: 2.0 apg
    Kellen Allen: 0.8 apg
    NOTE: We'd have preferred to link to this, as well as the section of the same release dealing with Fairleigh Dickinson below. But that would require folks to download an 11-page pdf and scroll through it to find the LIU and FD parts. For NEC fans, or those who want to know more about other NEC teams, here is the link
  • NEC team-by-team previews (pdf)
  • LIU game notes

    SCOUTING FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON Picked ninth in the NEC, the Knights are 0-2 after a pair of 20-point losses in the preseason NIT at Syracuse. FDU dropped an 86-66 decision to Saint Joe's in its opener, and followed that with an 88-66 loss to Siena in the consolation round.

    Through two games, FDU is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and allowing opponents to shoot at a 57.6 percent clip. Manny Ubilla (16 ppg), a 6-2 senior guard, leads four Knights averaging in double figures. Bernell Murray, a 5-9 senior, and 6-3 sophomore Sean Baptiste each are averaging 14 ppg. Freshman John Galvin (6-8) averages 10 ppg. Murray and Ubilla are the assists leaders (4.9 apg each); Baptiste (6 rpg) leads the team's rebounders.

    From that same NEC release:
    With 25th year head coach Tom Green at the helm of the Fairleigh Dickinson program, one thing is for certain: regardless of the team’s roster turnover from year-to-year, it is impossible to dismiss the Knights as a contender in the NEC. Despite losing a pair of all-stars and a dominating big man, the Knights quickly regrouped last season, scoring a non-conference win at Seton Hall in November. During league play, FDU stayed near the top of the standings for much of the season before fading somewhat down the stretch to finish tied for fourth in the NEC.

    Green, the winningest coach in conference history, will face a new set of challenges this coming season with the departure of first team all-NEC forward Andre Harris and do-everything swingman Michael Peeples, who combined for nearly 31 points per outing a year ago. If Green has any chance at adding to his league record four NEC titles, it will hinge on his ability to incorporate yet another fresh set of faces into the rotation.

    Carrying the load for the Knights will be the sterling backcourt of junior Cameron Tyler and senior Manny Ubilla. Tyler blossomed in his sophomore year into one of the top point guards in the conference. His ability to draw defenders with his athletic attacks to the hoop created open shots for teammates - Ubilla in particular - and made for some stunning scoring flurries for the 6’0” New York City product. Tyler finished second on the club with 14.3 ppg, added 4.4 rpg and finished third in the conference with 5.1 apg. Ubilla stepped right into a feature role for the Knights last season, averaging 11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 2.9 apg, while displaying a deadly touch from the outside. He hit 63 three-pointers and made 39.6 percent of his attempts on the year to rank in the NEC top-ten in both categories. Ubilla, a 6’3” catch-and-shoot specialist, hit a number of big shots on the year, including a dagger at the buzzer to stop Garden State rival Monmouth in a televised game last February. Reinforcing the backcourt for FDU is veteran Bernell Murray and sophomore Sean Baptiste. A dependable point guard, Murray (3.7 ppg) has a tremendous amount of big-game experience and as a senior is the last link to the Knights’ 2005 NEC Championship team. A physical player who is unafraid of contact and can get to the line, Baptiste (4.6 ppg) was a valuable contributor off the bench for the Knights in 2006-07.

    With the loss of Harris and Peeples, along with starting center Jordan Ingram, Green will have to retool a front line headed by 6’6” senior Eric Hazard. One of the league’s best at spotting up from the three-point stripe, Hazard (5.3 ppg) provided instant offense off the bench last year, but could be moved into a more prominent role this coming season. The Jersey native made nearly 80 percent of his shots from long range and his 41.2 percent conversion rate ranked fourth in the NEC. Look for sophomore forward Bryan Lytle and 7’0” English import Lawrence Brown, a sophomore center, to crack the rotation as well.

    While Green added five to members to the Knights’ cast in the offseason, he was clearly looking toward the future with his additions. Three of the recruits are New Jersey products who will sit out the 2007-08 season, including 6’1” junior guard Eric Moore, who averaged 12.5 ppg, 2.3 apg and buried 75 three-pointers in 21 starts for Buffalo a year ago. He led the Mid-American Conference in three-point field goal production, averaging 2.7 per game. Another transfer who will sit out this year is burly 6’8” forward Alvin Mofunanya, who played two years at Saint Joseph’s. Freshman guard Anthony Jeune contributed 17.0 ppg his senior year at Camden Catholic, but will be redshirt in 2007-08 after sustaining serious injury in February. Freshman John Galvin, a 6’8” forward, will immediately bolster the frontcourt after a terrific scholastic career at Weston (CT), where he earned All-State status last season and graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,902 points. In 2006-07, he averaged 24.0 ppg and 15.0 rpg. Freshman Jordan Stasyszyn, a 6’3” shooting guard, will give the Knights yet another three-point marksman. As a senior at Carlisle (PA), he hit 10 treys in a playoff game and 110 on the year as he averaged 24.0 ppg.

    FDU By The Numbers

    Quick Facts
    2006-07 Overall Record: 14-16
    2006-07 NEC Record/Finish: 9-9/Tie-4th
    NEC Tournament Finish: Lost in quarterfinals
    Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3
    Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 9/4
    2006-07 Final RPI: 233
    Games Decided By 5 Points or Less: 9-10

    NEC Record
    Last Two Years: 23-13 (.639)
    Last Three Years 36-18 (.667)
    Last Four Years: 47-25 (.653)
    Last Five Years: 56-34 (.622)

    Overall Record
    Last Two Years: 34-28 (.548)
    Last Three Years 54-41 (.568)
    Last Four Years: 71-53 (.573)
    Last Five Years: 86-67 (.562)

    Leading Returning Scorers
    Cameron Tyler: 14.3 ppg
    Manny Ubilla: 11.9 ppg
    Eric Hazard: 5.3ppg

    Leading Returning Rebounders
    Cameron Tyler: 4.4 rpg
    Manny Ubilla: 4.3 rpg
    Eric Hazard: 2.3 rpg

    Leading Returning Assists
    Cameron Tyler: 5.1 apg
    Manny Ubilla: 2.9 apg
    Bernell Murray: 1.5 apg
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  • Wednesday, November 14, 2007
    Originally posted Tues. 10:08 p.m., updated at 6:21 a.m.
    The Raiders blew out to a 22-point halftime lead and went on to beat Canisius, 61-47, opening at 2-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

    Kyle Roemer led Colgate with 16 points despite an off night from the arc (1-7). Tim Pounds added 12 and Daniel Waddy had 10 for Colgate, which went 14 for 25 from the field inj the first half while holding Canisius to 6 field goals (on 26 shots, 23.1 percent).

    Colgate finished the night 23-49 (46.9 percent) from the field, 3 for 13 from three-point range. The Raiders were 12 for 17 at the foul line, 10 of 13 in the first half.

    Canisius went 14 for 52 (26.9 percent) for the game, 6 for 27 from the arc and 11 for 19 at the stripe.
    Box score | Buffalo News | AP

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    Tuesday, November 13, 2007
    It's Patriot vs. MAAC across the board tonight, with American at Loyola (Md.), Holy Cross at Fairfield and Colgate at Canisius.

    SCOUTING LOYOLA: Picked as co-favorites in the MAAC, the Greyhounds come in 1-1, with an 89-68 home win over Penn their last time out. Coach Jimmy Patsos shuffled his starting lineup after Loyola dropped its opener at Towson, 83-69, inserting 6-1 sophomore Brett Harvey, last season's starter at the point, along with 5-11 freshman Brian Rudolph and 6-7 forward Michael Tuck, last season's MAAC sixth man of the year.

    Rudolph responded by dishing out 9 assists and Tuck put up 18 points against Penn. Marquis Sullivan, a 6-1 junior guard who went to the bench, scored 13 points off the bench. Joe Miles, a 6-0 transfer from Marshall, also moved to the bench. Miles played the same 25 minutes he did in the opener, scoring 9 points off the bench after posting 11 as a starter against Towson. The biggest difference was the diminished role of 6-10 senior center Hassan Fofana, who played just 2 minutes against Penn after starting and playing 14 against Towson.

    The Greyhounds will look to play a style fitting their name, pressing full court and running. THe roster is full of athletic guys, including a bunch of transfers from high major programs.

    Leading scorer Gerald Brown (22 ppg), last year's MAAC leading scorer, came from Providence. Fofana played at Maryland. Omari Isreal, a 6-8 senior who, along with Brown, has started both games, began his career at Notre Dame.

    Sullivan played his high school ball at Archbishop Spalding, the Maryland school that produced Bucknell's Justin Castleberry and Holy Cross' Lawrence Dixon. Associate coach Brian Blaney is the son of former Holy Cross head coach and current UConn assistant George Blaney.
  • Loyola preview from The Examiner
  • Loyola stats
  • Gametracker

    SCOUTING FAIRFIELD: Four players who started for Fairfield in an overtime loss to Holy Cross last season are back in the starting lineup for the Stags this season. Sophomore forward Greg Nero scored a career-high 23 for the Stags in that game, part of a six-game stretch to start the season that Nero led Fairfield in scoring and one of his 16 double figures games last year. Point guard Jonathan Han, who averaged 4.5 assists per game as a sophomore, had a career-high 8 assists against the Crusaders. Forward Anthony Johnson, a 6-8 sophomore and 6-4 sophomore swingman Devin Johnson are also back for the Stags, who start two juniors and three sophomores.

    None of the starters reached double figures in Fairfield's season-opening 85-60 loss at Wake Forest. The only Stag to do so in the opener was 6-9 junior Mike Evanovich, who was 6-7 from the field, including 5-5 from the arc in his first game for Fairfield after sitting out a season following his transfer from Iowa State.

    Fairfield shot 19 of 49 from the floor against Wake, but were 10 for 16 from 3-point range. Twenty-three turnovers undid any edge the Stags might have gained by outrebounding the DemonDeacons (36-30).

    The Stags were picked a tie for sixth in the 10-team MAAC in the league's preseason poll.
  • Han ignites Fairfield men (Conn. Post)
  • Livestats

    In a word, the Griffs are young. Second-year coach Tom Parrotta's roster includes seven true freshmen and just one senior. Add a juco tranfer to the mix, and the fact that its Canisius' first game, and it is tough to get a read on the team, which is picked ninth in the MAAC preseason poll.

    Pawel Malesa, the team's lone senior, is a 6-6 guard who averaged 13.2 minutes and 6.3 points per game last season. The native of Poland dropped 40 pounds in the offseason while improving his conditioning and quickness. Malesa is a 3-point shooter. He hit 34.7 percent from the arc last year, which is damned near the only place he shoots from. Of 61 made shots, 52 were treys.

    Canisius has a pair of juniors. Shaun James, a 6-8 London, England native by way of Barton Junior College in Kansas. He played in 29 games, starting eight for the Griffs last season. Willie Hassell is a 5-8 shooter recruited from Mineral Area Junior College to be a scorer for the Griffs. Hassell was a third team NJCAA All-American pick last season.

    Three sophomores started at least 13 games last season: Menghe a'Nyam, Jovan Robinson and Frank Turner. Turner averaged 36.1 minutes, tops on the team, and 11.9 points per game, earning co-rookie of the year honors in the MAAC.

    Among the freshmen, Elton Frazier, a 6-5 forward, is The Sporting News' pick as the MAAC's top newcomer.
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  • Saturday, November 10, 2007
    Rust? What rust? Not on Colgate's Kyle Roemer. In his first game back after missing all of last season, Roemer scored 15 points to help the Raiders knock off Monmouth, 63-60.

    Roemer, who sat out last year after undergoing surgery on an ankle, was 5 for 13 from the field, 2 for 4 from three-point range. The only signs of his layoff were his 5 turnovers.

    Roemer was not the only star for Colgate in the tight battle, which was not decided until the final seconds. Junior guard Willie Morse, who has done a little of the comeback thing himself, came off the bench for 15 points, including a pair of free throws in the final seconds to seal the W.

    Up by 1 (61-60) with 18 seconds to go, Morse turned it over against Monmouth's press, giving the Hawks a chance for the win. But the gate defense got the stop, forcing a miss by Monmouth's Jhamar Youngblood (game-high 20 points), which was rebounded by Roemer. With six seconds left, Colgate inbounded the ball to Morse, who was fouled. Morse, who was a perfect 4 for 4 from the field, including three treys, then knocked down a pair with four ticks remaining. A desperation three by Monmouth's R.J. Rutledge at the buzzer was off the mark.

    Daniel Waddy (3-8, 2-6 at the arc) added 12 points for Colgate. Kendall Chones (11 points) also reached double figures for Colgate, which shot 19 for 42 (45.2 percent) from the field, including 8 threes on 16 tries. The Raiders were 17 for 25 at the line.

    Monmouth, which was hurt by poor foul shooting (8 for 16), went 23 for 51 (45.1 percent) from the field, but managed only 6 threes on 18 attempts.
    Box score | AP | Colgate recap

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    Friday, November 09, 2007
    The 2007-2008 season tips off tonight with a trio of games -- Colgate hosting Monmouth, Wagner at Lafayette and Navy at Longwood. Here is a look at the first three non-league opponents of the season.

    SCOUTING MONMOUTH: After six straight winning seasons, including three that culminated with a trip to the big dance, Monmouth suffered through a tough 12-18 season last year, failing to even make the Northeast Conference tournament one year after winning the league title. Hard to say whether the Hawks will be better this season, but for certain they will be different. Only two players who saw significant time last year -- NEC rookie of the year Jhamar Youngblood and junior guard Whitney (I have an Ivy League name) Coleman. The rest of the roster, which includes no seniors and just a pair of juniors, consists of "our players who saw occasional-to-minuscule action and five who haven't played one second of college basketball." Picked to finish 10th in the 11-team NEC, the Monmouth game notes say the Hawks, who have not started a freshman since 2000, will open with a smallish three-guard lineup of Youngblood, Coleman and three guys -- a redshirt freshman and two true frosh -- seeing their first collegiate action. reports from Monmouth's exhibition win over William Paterson and a closed scrimmage with Lafayette say the Hawks are pressing and trapping more than they have in the past.
    BONUS LINK: Monmouth-Colgate livestats

  • Scouting Wagner -- The Seahawks are the mirror opposite of their NEC mates from New Jersey. If you look up inexperienced in the NEC hoops dictionary and find a Monmouth team picture, you'd probably find a pic of Wagner under the word experienced. The Seahawks' mature starting five includes 6-7 fifth-year senior Durrell Vinson and four guys (including two redshirt juniors) who are in their fourth season at Wagner. Lafayette knocked off the Seahawks in last season's opener on Staten Island, but Vinson did not play in that one. The 2005-2006 NEC all-league first team pick sat out last season after being involved in a dormitory altercation. If he approaches his 2005-06 form, when he averaged nearly a double-double per game, he should make an impact for the Seahawks, who are Picked to finish 3rd in the NEC. Wagner coach Mike Deane is also a seasoned vet. Deane, who needs six wins to reach the 400-wins plateau, has taken three other teams to the NCAA Tournament in his career.
    BONUS LINKS: Wagner game notes | 'Pards out to prove pickers wrong (Morning Call) | Gametracker

    SCOUTING LONGWOOD: Still giddy over its big gridiron win last weekend, Navy opens the hoops season at Longwood, a school in its first season as a full-fledged Division I team. Longwood is a school without a conference, and a team with next to know media coverage (the local paper reprints Longwood press releases for its "sports report"). The Lancers return two starters and two guys who played significant minutes from last season's 9-22 team that took the Mids to OT last season in Farmville. It is the first of two meetings between the two. Longwood will visit Annapolis in January. It could be an interesting matchup between two teams shy on legitimate post players. Both are expected to start just one guy over 6-6. They are calling for a "whitewash" in Willett Hall. That is what is called a "whiteout" elsewhere -- all fans please wear white. Hard to say how intimidating it might be, though. Last season Longwood averaged less than 1,000 fans per game.
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