Bison win showdown, Army just plain wins

Last updated: 7:53 a.m.

Bucknell 65, Lehigh 63: Abe Badmus nails a game-winning three-pointer to send ailing coach Pat Flannery a get-well wish and the Bison solidify their hold on first place in the Patriot League.

Before the game, Bucknell announced Flannery will take a temporary leave of absence to deal with "health issues."

Badmus is known as a tenacious defender and good distributor at the point, but as Tom Housenick of the Daily Item points out in his game story, he certainly wasn't the guy Lehigh figured would beat them on that last Bucknell possession. The Bison wanted to go to Chris McNaughton, but Lehigh collapsed on the Bison big man, forcing Badmus' hand:
"I knew I had to put it up," the sophomore point guard said. "There were four in the lane, I knew I couldn't drive and I didn't know where Kevin (Bettencourt) and Chuck (Lee) were."
If this turns out to be a precursor of Badmus' emergence as a shooting threat, it's going to make a team that is already tough to defend even tougher.

In a romantic note, Housenick's wife Mandy, who writes for the Morning Call, also covered the game. The Call's Web site has a broken version of her story posted. We will check later in the day to see if that gets fixed, and we'll add a link if it does.
Box score | AP wrap | Bucknell recap | Lehigh recap

Army 63, Navy 43: It's Youngstown State's turn to chant "We're No. 330" after the Black Knights of the Hudson pick up their first win over a Division I team, boosting them all the way to No. 322 out of 330 in the RPI. That's just two spots behind Navy, who some would say has now lost to two Division 3 caliber opponents.

Matt Bell had 20 for the Cadets, who held Navy to 28-percent shooting from the field and gave Army SID a chance to use the word "thumps" in a headline for the first time this season.

The TV crew couldn't make it through the snow, but Ken McMillan of the Times Herald-Record was on hand. McMillan also wrote a nicecolumn that points out:
Army-Navy still means something, even in the worst seasons.
He also managed to record this comment by Army's Grant Carter in his game story:
"This is a powerful offense once we get it working. We're starting to work the kinks out a bit. You saw it in spurts, but overall throughout the game we had a nice inside-out presence. It was good enough for the win."
We're not sure that an offense that has scored over 60 points four times all season (not including tow games against D3 teams) can be considered "powerful." But we are impressed by the defensive effort. Navy has only been kept below 60 four times this season. The Mids scored 56 Friday night at Holy Cross. The 43 against Army were Navy's fewest points all season.
Box score | AP wrap | Army recap

Colgate 80, Lafayette 72: The Leopards kept Colgate's three-point shooters in check, but they couldn't stop Alvin Reed, who erupted for 26 points, tying his career high. Three other Raiders hit double figures, including Andrew Zidar, who had a 13-point, 15-board double-double.

We'd like to share more coverage, but nobody makes the trip to Hamilton in good weather, so we're not surprised we couldn't find any stories from one played in the wake of a big storm.
Box score | AP wrap | Colgate recap

American at Holy Cross, 3 p.m.: This game was postpned to 3 p.m. today. We will update with results this evening.

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