Patriot League Basketball Tournament 2012: Lehigh Heads To NCAA Tournament

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks are the 2012 Patriot League Champions. Lehigh beat the top-seeded Bucknell Bison in a nailbiter with a final score of 82-77.

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Patriot League Basketball Tournament 2012: Bucknell And Lehigh Advance To Championship

The championship game is set for the 2012 Patriot League Basketball Tournament and it's a match-up between the first and second seeds, Bucknell and Lehigh.

Both Bucknell and Lehigh were no competition for opposing teams on Saturday, as they both smashed their semifinal counterpart. The one seed Bucknell rolled over Lafayette by a final of 79-52 and the second-seeded Lehigh defeated American University by a final score of 85-66.

The Bucknell Bison were led by Joe Willman and Mike Muscala, who combined for 36 points. They held Lafayette to 35 percent shooting.

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks were led by C.J. McCollum, who scored 27, followed by 14 a piece from Mackey McKnight and Holden Greiner. Together they combined for 55 of the team's 85 points.

The Championship Game is set for Wednesday, March 7, at 7 pm EST. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

Bucknell and Lehigh have met twice this season, with each team winning a game on the other's home floor.

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Patriot League Basketball Tournament 2012: Bucknell And Lehigh Both Host Games In Semifinals

The Patriot League Tournament kicked off on Wednesday, February 28, with four quarterfinals games – every team in action. Five-seed Lafayette defeated four-seed Holy Cross. One-seed Bucknell smashed eight-seed Navy. Two-seed Lehigh beat seven-seed Colgate. And three-seed American beat six-seed Army.

The higher seed won in three of the four quarterfinal match-ups, with five-seed Lafayette over four-seed Holy Cross representing the only minor upset. The rest of the tournament's schedule is as follows:

Semifinals - Saturday, March 3

#2 American vs. #2 Lehigh 2 p.m. EST (CBS Sports)

#5 Lafayette vs. #1 Bucknell, 4:30 p.m. EST (CBS Sports Network)

The winners of the semifinals will face off in the Championship game on Wednesday, March 7. Bucknell only has two Conference losses all season – one to Lehigh – and Lehigh has already lost to American once this season, as well as Bucknell.

Championship - Wednesday, March 7

Lower seed at higher seed, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

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