Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bucknell Back in Big Dance

Bucknell fought off a Lafayette run and with the help of Mike Muscala, win the Patriot League Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Muscala had 20 points and 11 rebounds with 6 key points stemming a Leopard run in the second half and much like 2 seasons ago, The Bison defeated Lafayette to gain entry into the NCAA Tournament, 64-56. It was the 1 versus 2 seed in the Final.

                                             Mike Muscala

Joe Willman added 14 points in the victory for Bucknell.

The Patriot League is no stranger to upsets in the NCAA Tournament. 15th seeded Lehigh upset Duke in last years Tournament while Bucknell took out Kansas in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The Bison look to do it again this season with a team who will not be an easy out.

It was a physical game as both teams knew each other well having split both regular season games. Bucknell was able to gain a lead at 13-10 and though the game remained fairly close, Lafayette were never able to gain the lead again.

Thanks in part to Muscala, the Bison held the rebounding edge at 33-28 with 11 offensive rebounds. They went to the free throw line 23 times, knocking down 18 of those.

With the game played on Bucknell's home court, the student section rushed the court in celebration after the game. The Bison now await news of their opponent which will be released on Sunday.

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