The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 14, 2013

Men's basketball: Bison hold off Penn State in back-and-forth game


After halftime, Bucknell became the aggressor.

Frazier missed Penn State's first shot attempt of the half. Then junior co-captain Steven Kaspar replied with a wide-open three pointer for the Bison. A layup from Brian Fitzpatrick followed by another Kaspar field goal put Bucknell up 43-41, the fifth lead change of the evening.

"Kaspar was absolutely terrific," Chambers said. "He was terrific last year and he was good against Stanford."

But after a foul by Bucknell senior guard Ryan Hill, Penn State junior forward Ross Travis notched a field goal to regain the lead for Penn State, 45-43. The Nittany Lions maintained their lead until fewer than 12 minutes remained in the second half.

That is when senior co-captain Cameron Ayers, a preseason All-Patriot league selection, drained a three off a fast break and put Bucknell back in front, 57-55. It wouldn't relinquish the advantage.

Bucknell immediately added two more points after a Frazier foul, which put the All-Big Ten point guard into foul trouble.

Chambers sat him temporarily. By the time Frazier came back on the floor, Bucknell was building its biggest lead of the night. The Bison scored 12 points in two minutes to build a commanding 71-60 lead.

Said Frazier, "(Bucknell) did a great job, they shot it well, and they came out with the win."

Added Chambers, "There were possessions where we completely lost our focus. We didn't know who had who. It's stuff like that we have to work on. Bottom line is that they hit a ton of shots. There's no denying that."

Penn State -- behind the performance of Newbill who posted eight second-half points -- attempted a late comeback, but Bucknell fended it off and captured the victory.

The win was the first for the Bison in 12 meetings.

"It was a very gratifying win," Paulsen said. "I thought our guys showed a lot of toughness and resilience, especially in the second half."

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