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.