PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY
Patriot League play continues on Wednesday, Jan. 19, with four games on ESPN+. Army West Point hosts American to open the evening at 6 p.m. Three more games start at 7 p.m. on ESPN+. Lehigh travels to Navy to take on a Mids’ squad that is tied for first-place. Preseason favorite Boston University will be looking to knock Loyola Maryland out of a first-place tie in the standings. Bucknell is in search of its first League win against Colgate that returns to action after having its Sunday game postponed. The Holy Cross at Lafayette game has been postponed due to COVID protocols within the Crusaders program. For more information, visit www.PatriotLeague.org/sports/mbball.
PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL STAT LEADERS
Loyola Maryland junior guard Cam Spencer leads the Patriot League in scoring (19.1 ppg) and has a 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio, the seventh-best mark in NCAA DI. Bucknell senior guard Andrew Funk is second in the League in scoring (18.0 ppg), with preseason player of the year Javante McCoy placing third (17.0 ppg). BU graduate student forward Sukhmail Mathon has posted 11 double-digit rebounding performances to lead the League and place 12th in the nation with 10.0 rebounds per game. Lafayette junior center Neal Quinn (7.7 rpg) and Holy Cross senior forward Gerrale Gates (7.7 rpg) rank second and third in the League, respectively. Loyola Maryland senior guard Kenneth Jones is the League’s assists leader (5.2 apg), with Lafayette’s Quinn (3.9 apg) and Colgate senior guard Tucker Richardson (3.9 apg) rounding out the top three.
NAVY LEADS PATRIOT LEAGUE IN NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL NET RANKINGS
Navy leads the Patriot League at No. 113 in the most recent NCAA Men’s Basketball NET Rankings. The Patriot League’s defending champion, Colgate, is second at 157th after its win at Navy. Preseason favorite Boston University is third among League teams, ranking 202nd. The 2020-21 League runner-up, Loyola Maryland, is ranked 215th. Army West Point (263rd) rounds out the League’s top-five in the NET rankings. The 2021-22 season marks the fourth year of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, which replaced the RPI as the primary tool for evaluating teams.
2021-22 Patriot League Men’s Basketball Standings (as of 1.18.22)
|Army West Point||4-2||.667||10-8||.556|
SPENCER AND CARTER ADDED TO HENSON LIST
Loyola Maryland junior guard Cam Spencer and Navy senior guard John Carter Jr. were added to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List. The Lou Henson Award is annually given to the top mid-major player in DI college basketball. Spencer is in the midst of a breakout season, leading the League in scoring (19.1) and steals (2.1) while ranking among the NCAA DI leaders in assist-turnover ratio (3.3). Carter is among the League’s scoring leaders (13.6) while shooting .419 from 3-point range to help the Mids to a 5-1 start in League play. Spencer and Carter join BU senior forward Walter Whyte, who was selected to the list in the preseason.
NAVY’S DEFENSE KEYING WINNING WAYS
Navy leads the Patriot League and is 17th in NCAA DI in scoring defense (59.9) while limiting opposing offenses to a .415 field goal percentage. Head Coach Ed DeChellis’s Mids have held three opponents to 40 points or less, including a League-low 33 points to win a 47-33 decision against Radford (Nov. 20). Navy held then-No. 25 Virginia to 58 points in the program’s first win over a ranked opponent since 1986. The Mids have won 11 of their last 14 games, including a 5-1 start to League play where they have held three teams under 60 points.
JALEN RUCKER LEADS ARMY’S 4-2 LEAGUE START
Army West Point sophomore guard Jalen Rucker has scored 20 or more points in three of the Black Knights’ first six League games, for a 4-2 start. The Baltimore, Md. native and 2020-21 All-Rookie selection is averaging 16.3 points and 3.0 assists through the early portion of League play. He is fifth in the League in scoring (15.3 ppg) through 17 games.
RAIDERS AMONG NCAA 3-POINT LEADERS
Colgate leads the Patriot League and ranks 24th in NCAA DI with a .380 3-point field goal percentage. The Raiders are also 14th in the nation with 10.2 made 3-pointers per game. Cummings is 22nd in the nation (.443) in 3-point percentage. Senior guard Oliver Lynch-Daniels (.465) is second in the League, with Fifth-year guard Jack Ferguson (.389) placing 10th after leading the League in 3-point field goal percentage last season (.507).
GREYHOUNDS EFFICIENT DURING 5-1 START
Loyola Maryland is connecting on a Patriot League-best .499 from the field to place atop the League standings with Navy at 5-1 to start League play. The Greyhounds have also held opponents to a .416 field goal percentage in six League games, the second-best mark in the League behind Navy. Spencer (21.7 ppg) and senior guard Jaylin Andrews (17.2 ppg) are first and fifth, respectively, among the leading scorers in League play.
MATHON JOINS EXCLUSIVE 700-REBOUND CLUB
Boston University graduate student forward Sukhmail Mathon became the 18th player in League history to eclipse 700 career rebounds. Mathon posted 14 rebounds vs. Navy (Jan. 16) to cross 700 and move inside the top-20. He recorded a career-high 18-board performance in a win vs. Bucknell on Jan. 1, and is averaging a League-leading 10.0 rebounds per game, 12th in NCAA DI. He is two rebounds shy of surpassing former teammate Max Mahoney (710) to move into 17th-place on the Patriot League career rebounds list.
Name, School Career Rebounds
14. Boakai Lalugba, Bucknell, 731
15. Kevin Ferguson, Army, 728
16. Dan Bowen, Bucknell, 711
17. Max Mahoney, Boston U, 710
18. Sukhmail Mathon Boston U, 708
PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL GEICO PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cam Spencer, Loyola Maryland, Jr., G, Davidsonville, Md./Boys’ Latin
*Spencer averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 53 percent from the field (25-for-47) to help Loyola Maryland go 3-0 with wins against Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh.
*On Monday, he scored 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field to lead the Greyhounds to a 71-67 over Bucknell.
*Spencer finished with 14 points in a 74-60 victory over Lafayette on Thursday before posting a game-high 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 69-57 win against Lehigh on Sunday.
PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL GEICO ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Keith Higgins Jr., Lehigh, Fr., G, West Hills, Calif./Chaminade Prep
*Higgins Jr. scored 15.0 points per game while shooting 56 percent (9-for-16) from 3-point range in addition to 4.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists in Lehigh’s 2-1 week.
*The freshman guard scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor to go with a career-high nine assists, five rebounds and two steals in a 97-64 win over Bucknell on Thursday.
*Higgins Jr. scored 12 points and dished out three assists in the Mountain Hawks’ 77-69 victory against Holy Cross.
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The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.