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March 12, 2011

Bucknell seniors savor victory

By William Bowman

The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- Stephen Tyree was the only one who knew what the other half felt, and he's been feeling it for five years. He wanted to make darn sure the rest of his teammates felt that way.

Tyree was a freshman on Bucknell's 2006-07 squad that lost at Holy Cross in the Patriot League final. He said, "I've never been able to get the taste out of my mouth ... except for right now."

The three seniors on the Bucknell men's basketball team, including fifth-year senior Tyree, as well as Darryl Shazier and G.W. Boon, lived through the transition from Pat Flannery to Dave Paulsen. Friday night, in their final appearances ever in Sojka Pavilion, they went out as champions.

"I'm not feeling anything right now, I am numb," said Tyree, who played in a handful of games this year on a torn ACL, including Friday's Patriot League title game. "It's been a long road."

Boon, the senior sixth-man who has provided a spark off the bench his entire career, was just as numb.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," he said. "That's what I signed up for. I signed up to be a winner to come here and write my own legacy with my teammates and that's what we did.

"There's no better way to go out in Sojka, last game for us three, with this win, cutting down the nets at the end of the year," said Shazier, a first-team all-league point guard. "We said at the end of last year we were going to make it back here."

As the clock ticked below two minutes and the Bison had an 16-point lead on Lafayette, Bucknell coach Paulsen made it a point to pull his three seniors out at the same time. With the third-biggest crowd in Sojka history roaring, Paulsen gave each of them a big bear hug, particularly Shazier, who he admits he rode really hard over the past three years.

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