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They have seemingly been tied together since they walked on to their respective campuses four years ago and things certainly have not changed as basketball standouts Mike Muscala of Bucknell and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum enter their senior seasons.
Not surprisingly, both are receiving plenty of preseason recognition heading into the 2012-13 campaign.
McCollum has been named to a number of Division I preseason All-America teams. In addition to his first-team honor from Sporting News, McCollum has been selected as a fourth-team preseason All-American by CBSSports.com and a first-team pick from SBNation.com.
Both players received preseason Mid-Major All-America recognition from NBCSports.com. McCollum made the first team and Muscala was on the second team as both players were regarded among the top 10 Mid-Major players in the nation. McCollum and Muscala were also both ranked among the top 100 players by CBSSports.com, with the Lehigh guard at No. 17 and the Bucknell forward/center at No. 80.
McCollum enters his senior season second in Patriot League history in career scoring. He needs only 151 points to break the League mark of 2,224 held by Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (1991-95), while he's 630 from breaking the school record of 2,703 currently held by Daren Queenan.
Muscala comes off another outstanding season for the Bison, who won the Patriot League regular-season title and advanced in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) with a 65-54 win at Arizona on March 14. Muscala was fourth in the Patriot League with 17.0 points per game and led all players by a wide margin with 9.1 rebounds per contest. He had 16 double-doubles for the season, including a 30-point, 14-rebound effort in the League Championship loss to Lehigh on March 7.
GET ON BOARD: The Bloomsburg University athletic department will sponsor a non-student fan bus Saturday's PSAC East football showdown at Shippensburg.
The bus will depart from the Bloomsburg University Tennis Courts on the upper campus at 10 a.m. with arrival at Shippensburg in time for the 1 p.m. kickoff. Cost of the trip is $26, which includes the game ticket. (Checks should be payable to the Husky Fund).
To sign for up for the trip contact Beth Brennan in the athletic office at 389-4050 or stop up to room 265 in the Nelson Field House.
COACH HONORED: Lycoming College football head coach Mike Clark received the third Robb Curry Jr. Coach of the Year award on Friday during Lycoming's 27th annual Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
In 2011, Clark led the football team to an 8-2 mark and a 5-2 mark to finish in a tie for second in the Middle Atlantic Conference.
The award, given annually to a member of the Lycoming College coaching staff, was established in memory of Robert (Robby) D. Curry , who was the son of Susan and Robert Curry. Susan was an educator in the Williamsport area for more than 33 years and Robb was Lycoming's football recruiting coordinator and associate athletic director for Frank Girardi for 36 years.
RANKED FOES: An 11-0 run that spanned parts of three quarters propelled the No. 17 Bucknell men's water polo team to a 14-6 victory over No. 16 UC Davis Sunday afternoon to close the Santa Clara Rodeo.
Bucknell (11-13) bookended the Santa Clara Rodeo with victories as it opened the event with another win of a ranked foe, Santa Clara, on Friday.
The Bison fell behind UC Davis 4-2 score in the first quarter, but then reeled off 11 consecutive goals. By the time UC Davis scored again, Bucknell had built a 13-4.
Goalie Matt Napleton, who now has a career-high 252 saves this year thanks to 57 stops this weekend, registered 10 saves to boost his season save percentage to .532.