Bucknell 64 - Lafayette 56
Watched the Patriot League Championship game on CBS Sports Network.
- Bucknell avoided a repeat of last year’s championship game disappointment and pulled out a victory over a very hot Lafayette team. A combination of good Bucknell defense and poor Lafayette shooting lead to an 8 point lead at half time. After the break the scoring picked up for both teams, but the margin remained the same.
- Bucknell received a 1st half spark off the bench from Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Brackney. Fitzpatrick hit an 18 foot jump shot and a layup while Brackney knocked down 2 3s.
- In the 2nd half Lafayette closed the gap to 3 points, but Bucknell responded with a flurry of Mike Muscala baskets to rebuild the lead. Muscala finished with his 21st double double of the season.
- Unlike the game in Easton a few weeks ago the Bison kept Tony Johnson in check limiting him to 11 points on only 4-13 shooting. This was thanks in large part to improved defense from Steven Kasper.
- Bucknell pulled off the win while getting decidedly subpar performances from several key players. Joe Willman (6-15 FG), Cam Ayers (2-9 FG), and Bryson Johnson (0-5 FG) all shot very poorly. Willman’s performance was redeemed by his work on the offensive boards and several key putbacks.
- Lafayette’s hack-a-point-guard didn’t exactly pay off with less than 3 minutes to go. With Bucknell only shooting 1-1 Ryan Frazier was fouled on consecutive possessions and made 3-4.
Overall Performance: 4 out of 5 Bison
A fitting way for this great senior class to close out their careers at Sojka Pavilion. There were still a few jitters and poor performances, but Bucknell found a way to power through and get the job down. Now the attention shifts to Sunday night. A #13 seed is probably most likely, but I think there’s still a shot at a #12.