The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 6, 2014

Men's basketball: Hass breaks out in Bucknell win

By Anthony Mitchell

For The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- Signs of a breakout were figuratively on the wall for Chris Hass after the Bucknell guard scored 18 in the Patriot League opener.

In a back-and-forth game Sunday against Colgate, Hass poured in jumpers early and finished with drives late to take over the game.

Behind his 26 points, Bucknell weathered a second-half comeback from Colgate to grab their first conference win of the season and snap a three-game skid, 68-57, at Sojka Pavilion.

"I feel a lot more confident now than what I did in the past three games," Hass said. "We just went out there and tried to hit some buckets."

After knocking down three 3-pointers in a loss to American to open the Patriot League slate, Hass did seemingly everything he could to prevent a Colgate win.

"Chris played a terrific game," Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen said.

Needing only the slightest amount of space to hoist a 3-pointer with his smooth shooter's touch, Hass found the bottom of the net consistently from the perimeter.

While he was a scoring threat from the outside throughout the game, finishing four-of-eight from beyond the arc, arguably Hass' biggest shot came not on a 3-pointer but on a drive inside with 3:39 left to play.

Colgate (6-7, 0-2 PL) had cut the Bison lead to two, 55-53, taking advantage of a Bucknell cold stretch, but Hass was there when the Bison needed him to spark a late momentum shift.

The layup from Hass extended the lead to four, and the Bison capitalized on a miss and a turnover at the other end to push their lead to 61-53 on a layup from Dom Hoffman and a Steven Kaspar jumper.

Before the late run, Paulsen rallied his players during a timeout with the Bison clinging to a four-point lead, 55-51.

Text Only
The Daily Marquee
National Sports Video
Auto Racing 2014

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.