February 11, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - For the second consecutive game, a scoring drought in the second half was the undoing of the team. This time, it was Bucknell that rallied past the host Leopards, taking a 65-54 decision.
Bucknell got on the board first with a Romine three-pointer, but the Leopards responded with six straight from Homan to take a 6-3 lead and force an early Bison timeout just 3:03 into the contest. The run grew to 8-0 on a Fiacco layup as the Leopards held Bucknell over five minutes without a field goal. Lafayette was undeterred by the bucket and quickly began a 7-0 run, capped by a Freeland trey that gave the Leopards a 15-5 advantage.
The Lafayette lead grew as large as 14 points before the Bison went on their first run of the game. Bucknell posted eight straight points in just 58 seconds to cut the margin to 23-17. Bucknell would finish the half as the aggressors, trimming the lead down to four points at 33-29.
Bucknell rattled off the first five points of the second half to momentarily take a 34-33 lead. After six more quick lead changes, the tally settled at 41-39 Bucknell. The Bison run extended to 15-0 as the Leopards went 8:23 without a bucket to fall behind, 53-39, with 6:31 to go. The Leopards would twice fight back to within eight points in the closing minutes, but the Bison remained solid at the line to close out a 65-54 victory.