Wednesday night results

Last updated at 3:14 p.m.

Lehigh 63, Lafayette 57: In a back and forth affair with four ties and eight lead changes, Lehigh's defense carried the day in the end.

From Corky Blake's story in the Express-Times:
Lehigh held the Leopards to zero points over the final 5:05 of the first half. Then, when they were trailing 53-49 with 6:07 to go, Billy Taylor's crew handcuffed Lafayette and threw away the key.
In his story in the Morning Call, Andre Williams also focused on Lehigh's defense. But near the end he slipped in a golden nugget of information:
A telling statistic was Lehigh's 43-30 advantage in rebounds, led by Earl Nurse with eight and Mgebroff with seven. Lehigh also held a 10-0 advantage in second-chance points, a factor that contributed largely to the Hawks overtaking the Leopards.
Box Score | Lehigh Recap

Bucknell 71, Colgate 69: This is a perfect example of how the three-pointer gives every team a shooters shot of pulling an upset. Colgate hit 11 treys in the game, isx in the second half after Bucknell had pulled out to a 21-point lead. Fortunately for the Bison, the Raiders were 0-for-5 outside the arc in the last two minutes after a Kyle Roemer trey has cut the Bison lead to 2.
AP Story | Bucknell recap| Box Score

UPDATE: Colgate always lists the Utica paper as one of its media outlets. But after checking it often early in the season and finding no coverage of the Raiders, we had quit even looking. Lucky for us, Bucknell SID (and former Hoop Time correspondent back in the print days) Jon Terry knew they were at the game last night. Jon found the story and sent us this link.

Bucknell women 67, Colgate 65: We don't usually cover the women here, simply because stories from the ladies' games are hard to find outside of the school's official sites. But since A) We get a lot of Bucknell alums visiting here, B) Nobody bothered going to Hamilton to cover the men's game, C) We have three daughters who are huge Bucknell women's fans (two have attended Kathy Fedorjaka's camp and the third swears she is going to lie about her age so she can go this summer) and they always yell at me about not including the girls' games, here is a link to Tom Housenick's story on the Bison's upset of the preseason conference favorites.

This might also be a good place to sneak in an official Hoop Time congratulations to Kathy's husband, our old noon-ball buddy Frank Fedorjaka, on being named BU's next men's lacrosse coach.

Holy Cross 66, Army 29: The story in the Times Herald- Record is barely longer than a brief. But the first two paragraphs tell you all you need to know about the state of West Point hoops:
Army coach Jim Crews busted out of Christl Arena faster than some fans after the Black Knights' 66-29 Patriot League loss to Holy Cross last night.

As the last Holy Cross players entered the locker room following the game, Crews, wearing a long blue jacket, shuttled by, making a bee-line to a door that led to the parking lot and his personal parking space.
According to the TH-R, Crews didn't even stick around for his postgame radio interview.

Is it any wonder Crews was upset. Holy Cross broke open an already not close game with a 40-point second half. Army scored 15 points in the first half, and couldn't do better in the second even with all the garbage time.

Ralph Willard had to be happy with the defense. According to the story in the Telegram-Gazette (no link, it's a subscription site):
Holy Cross outscored Army, 40-14, in the second half as the Crusaders limited the Black Knights to four field goals and 17 percent shooting . . .

. . . Holy Cross blocked eight Army shots and limited the Black Knights to 19 percent shooting for the night
Justin Rodriguez, in another story in the TH-R, was impressed by Holy Cross's Keith Simmons, who hails from nearby Kingston, N.Y.:
He's the ultimate sixth man, maybe the best in the Patriot League, always providing Holy Cross with a spark off the bench.

"No question, Keith could be the best (sixth man) in the league,' said Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard after the Crusaders defeated Army 66-29. Simmons scored 18 points, including 13 in the second half. He played 27 minutes, shooting 8-of-10 from the field."
AP Story | Box Score

American 66, Navy 60: According to the Washington Post:
Navy's chances for a victory were undone by poor shooting: 22 of 73 (28 percent), including 8 of 29 three-pointers (32 percent).
It was 29-28 at the half and Navy actually led 38-36 with just under 15 minutes to go. Then AU went on a 19-7 run to take control.

Navy coach Billy Lange told Kent Baker in the Baltimore Sun:
"If a couple of those threes go down, we're probably sitting here a lot happier."
Of course most coaches could say that after almost any loss.
AP Story | Box Score

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