January 14, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Bucknell used a 9-2 run to start the second half and never looked back, winning 79-65 over Lafayette. With 11:15 showing on the first half clock, Muscala misfired on a jumper that Ryan Willen saved to Tony Johnson on the Leopards_ baseline. Johnson then found Hinrichs in transition for a three-pointer, making the score 14-13 in favor of the Bison. Aside from Jim Mower_s layup to open the game, Bucknell controlled the action in the first half, led by Muscala, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Year, who scored 19 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Lafayette went into the locker room trailing 34-30 as the team shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, including a pair of threes from Hinrichs and Levi Giese. Bucknell scored nine of the first 11 points after halftime to take its largest lead of the game to that point, 43-32, prompting a Lafayette timeout.
Mower_s drive down the center of the lane for a three-point play resulted from the timeout, but Joe Willman answered with an 18-footer on the other end Mower_s three assisted by Joey Ptasinski at 12:31 cut the deficit to seven (49-42) but Bucknell wouldn_t allow Lafayette to get any closer over the next six minutes of action, holding at least an eight-point lead for a majority of the stretch.
Trailing by 14, Johnson_s corner triple cut the deficit to 66-55 with 5:55 remaining, but Cameron Ayers connected from outside on the next trip for three of his 11 points to retake a 14-point lead.
Bucknell 79, Lafayette 65.