All over but the shouting

(Last updated: 10:08 a.m.)

Holy Cross 59, Colgate 46: (Full story below) Holy Cross reduces its magic number to one with two home games remaining by shutting down Colgate's gunslingers in Hamilton. The Crusaders 12-game win streak gives Holy Cross its third 20-win season in Ralph Willard's six seasons as coach and equals HC's longest win streak under Willard, set by the 26-5 2002-03 team.
Box score | AP wrap | Colgate recap | Colgate recap

Bucknell 69, Army 55: Check the box score. Notice the odd starting lineup for Bucknell. With Abe Badmus and Chris McNaughton under the weather, Chris Niesz and John Griffin got starting nods for the Bison, who took care of business at West Point. The win, coupled with Lehigh's loss to Navy, assures the Bison of no worse than second place in the regular season. Bucknell's chances of finishing first, though, are slim. The Bison would need to win at Holy Cross Wednesday, then beat Colgate at home while Holy Cross loses at home to Army next Saturday.
Box score | AP wrap | Army recap | Bucknell recap

Lafayette 93, American 89 (OT): Once again, we told you so. Lafayette pulls the upset we predicted. OK, it didn't actually impact who got homecourt in the tournament. But it is still a shocker. It is fast-fading AU's fourth-straight loss and their second overtime loss in that span. Can you say tired legs? Once again, we told you so.

Andre Ingram, who missed a free throw that could have won the Holy Cross game in regulation, missed two free throws with 18 seconds to go in overtime Note the correction, we originally said the free throws were in regulation to win, not OT to tie) with Lafayette up by two, rendering his 37-point performance pretty much meaningless. Jamaal Hilliard then sealed it for Lafayette with a pair of free throws with 6.8 seconds left.

Interesting stuff from Andre Williams' story in the Morning Call:
The Leopards were out-rebounded 41-23, but overcame that great disparity by converting 19 of 20 second-half free throws and 30 of 37 overall (81.1 percent).

. . . the Leopards avenged the loss to American by staying cool under pressure, especially at the foul line, where they converted 11 of 11 over the final 3:24 of regulation.

That enabled Lafayette to erase a 76-67 deficit and pull even at 76 on two free throws by Jamaal Douglas (11 points, four rebounds, two blocks) with 1:54 left. The game was again tied at 78 and two more Hilliard foul shots put the Leopards ahead, 80-78, with 8.0 seconds left in regulation.

. . . On offense, Lafayette's aggressiveness fouled out all but one Eagles starter -- Ingram.
At first we wondered how Lafayette could have such a big edge in free throws, even playing at home. Then we looked at the box score. AU fired up 26 three-point tries, Lafayette 17.

By this point of the season, regular visitors to this site know what we say about jump shooters not getting to the foul line.
Box score | AP wrap | AU recap | Lafayette recap | Express-Times story

Navy 76, Lehigh 75: Lehigh's second-half rally fell short in Stabler, allowing Bucknell to clinch homecourt for the first two rounds of the tournament. Navy remains even with Lafayette for sixth place, with the Leopards set to visit Annapolis Wednesday. A Lafayette win would give the Leopards sixth regardless of what happens the final Saturday of the season, because Lafayette beat Navy the first time they met. Should Navy win and the two finish tied, the Mids would have the tiebreaker edge by virtue of their win over Bucknell.

As Corky Blake points out in his Express-Times game story:
Right now the difference between sixth and seventh place is potentially huge. The sixth- and seventh-seeded teams will both go to the home court of the No. 2 seed, which currently is Bucknell. The No. 6 team would play Lehigh while the No. 7 team would get Bucknell on its home floor in the first round.
Taking full advantage of the evening start time of this game was Andre Williams of the Morning Call, who filed this story from the nightcap of his Lafayette-Lehigh doubleheader.
Box score | AP wrap | Navy recap | Lehigh recap

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