The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 19, 2012

College notebook: Lehigh assistant has ties to Valley

A member of the Lehigh men's basketball coaching staff, which made a bunch of noise with its upset of Duke in the NCAA tournament on Friday, has ties to the Valley.

T.J. Jordan is in his second season as the Mountain Hawks' Director of Basketball Operations. He went to Lehigh after spending the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach to Frank Marcinek at Susquehanna. Jordan came to Susquehanna after one season as the head coach at Bel Air High in Maryland.

Jordan played basketball at St. Mary's (Md.), where helped lead the Seahawks to the Capital Athletic Conference title and a spot in the Division III Sweet 16 as a senior.

END OF THE ROAD: Bryan Cohen's stellar career with the Bucknell men's basketball program came to a close with Sunday's loss at Nevada, along with fellow seniors Enoch Andoh and Probese Leo.

A three-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Cohen became the first player in the history of the conference to win a major award three times. He set the Patriot League and Bucknell program records with 130 appearances in his career, starting a remarkable 127 games over that span.

Cohen, a senior from Huntingdon Valley, was one of the most versatile players in school history. He finished his career with 1,104 points, 488 rebounds, 313 assists, 137 three-pointers and 75 steals. Cohen is 25th in program history in points, eighth in assists and ninth in 3-pointers made.

NOT FAR OFF: Corey Lear went 2-2 at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, but he doesn't have to look too far to see just how close he is to the podium.

Lear, a PIAA champion at Benton, got an at-large bid to nationals at 165 pounds and went 2-2 with a first-period period fall over Michigan State's David Chezza. He ended his junior season 18-11 and heads into his senior year with 62 career wins.

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