Patriot League Men's Tournament

March 04, 1994|By Kent Baker

Quarterfinals (All games today at Alumni Hall, Annapolis)

Army (7-19, 4-10) vs. Navy (14-12, 9-5) Time: 6 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen will be playing their rival for the second time in five days. Top seed Navy won, 79-69, at Army on Monday night, completing a sweep of the season series and consigning the Cadets to the No. 8 seed. Navy has had five different leading scorers in the past five games and has played stellar defense while winning nine of its past 10. Guards T. J. Hall (12.4 ppg) and Jim Hamilton (11.0) head the offense and C Alex Kohnen (8.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is one of the most improved players in the league. Their depth and defense make the Midshipmen one of the tournament favorites. Army had won two straight before shooting only 36 percent against Navy. G Mark Lueking (23.3 ppg) hit only 11 of 40 from the field in the series this season. F David Ardayfio (18.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg) is the Cadets' other big gun.

Colgate (15-11, 9-5) vs. Lehigh (10-16, 6-8) Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The No. 3 Red Raiders come into the tournament on a four-game winning streak and healthy after overcoming some injuries. Sixth seed Lehigh has dropped six of its past seven. It split during the regular season with Colgate, taking an 88-82 decision at Lehigh in the finale Saturday. Colgate showcases the nation's No. 3 scorer, junior G Tucker Neale (29.4 ppg), and G Rashawne Glenn (19.5 ppg).

Fordham (12-14, 9-5) vs. Lafayette (8-18, 4-10) Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: Second seed Fordham is coming off a 73-42 pasting at Navy that decided the top seed and is a beat-up team, having suffered season-ending injuries to 7-foot C Darren Deschryver, 6-11 C Bobby Frain and 6-7 John Henry. The leading player is F Sherwin Content (15.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg). No. 7 Lafayette -- which split with the Rams -- is on a five-game skid and has lost eight of its past nine, with the only win an upset at Navy. Senior G Keith Brazzo (18.2 ppg) leads the Leopards.

Holy Cross (13-13, 9-5) vs. Bucknell (10-16, 6-8) Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: The No. 4 Crusaders received the lowest seed of the four teams tying for the regular-season title because they were swept by Navy. They have played some thrillers with Bucknell, including a 99-98 overtime victory at Lewisburg, Pa., early this year. Swingman Rob Feaster (28.0 ppg) is among the nation's top scorers. The No. 5 Bison have lost three of their past four and are 1-4 in overtime games. Their catalyst is G Chris Simpson (20.7 ppg) and F Kihlon Golden leads the conference in rebounds (9.2).

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