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Many people are not familiar with Lewisburg, Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University, famous for their 2005 NCAA tournament upset over the #3 seeded Kansas Jayhawks. Several students at the game muttered to each other, “Where is Bucknell University located?”
The small, private liberal arts school from Western PA, did not show up in the first half in their game against the Terriers. Led by Jake O’Brien’s 12 first half points, BU jumped out to an early 20-6 lead over the Bison.
The Terriers never trailed in the contest, and for the first time all season, BU seemed to have cohesion and fluidity on both sides of the ball. The team ran their offensive sets pretty smoothly, and kept their defensive collapses to a minimum, making Bucknell earn every basket. Scoring was divided amongst the BU players, and the Terriers took advantage of their balanced offensive attack to mystify Bucknell. Corey Lowe, Carlos Strong, Jake O’Brien, and John Holland all recorded double figure scoring games.
However, the second half seemed to take a turn as Bucknell came out firing outside shots and they turned up their defensive intensity. Down 32-16 at halftime, the Bison roared out of the gate on a 13-2 run. In last year’s contest, BU was the team that trailed by 16 in the 2nd half, only to win the game in OT. Bucknell hoped to turn the tables and record that same feat this year, but BU never gave in. Bucknell closed the gap to 3 points on several occasions, but BU slammed the door shut with key defensive stops down the stretch. B.J. Bailey’s acrobatic offensive put back, with one minute left in the game sealed the win for Coach Chambers, 63–53.
BU improved its record to (3 -6), and are set to play (0-6) Marist on the road in Poughkeepsie, NY, this Saturday, Dec. 12.