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February 7, 2013

College sports notebook: Bucknell, Lehigh take Patriot-leading shows on the road

Lehigh and Bucknell enter the second half of the Patriot League men’s basketball schedule with a two-game lead on the pack, but both teams will have to go on the road if they want to keep the separation this weekend.

Bucknell heads to Army and Lehigh goes to Holy Cross, with both tips scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Mountain Hawks and Bison share the Patriot League lead at 6-1 in the standings, followed by Lafayette at 4-3. Army, American and Colgate are each tied for fourth place at 3-4.

The top four teams at the end of the regular season will host games in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals on March 6.

The Bison are looking to go at least 7-1 for the third straight year, and are hoping to tie Stony Brook for the national lead with a 10th road win this season. Bucknell’s Bryson Johnson is two 3-pointers from the Patriot League record, while Mike Muscala is fourth in the nation with 11.5 rebounds per game.

Muscala and Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum were each named finalists for the Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.

Four Nittany Lions Invited to NFL Scouting Combine

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill, linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti, and center Matt Stankiewitch all have been invited to participate in the National Football League’s 2013 Scouting Combine.

Hill, Hodges and Mauti were major contributors for Penn State coach Bill O’Brien’s defense that ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in scoring defense at 19.1 ppg, holding six teams to 17 or fewer points.

Hill earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and was fourth on the team with 64 tackles, second with 4.5 sacks (minus-32) and tied for third with 8.5 tackles for loss this season.

Hodges was No. 4 in the Big Ten with 109 tackles. A semifinalist for the 2012 Butkus Award and a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, he led the team with seven pass breakups and was tied for second on the squad with two interceptions.

Mauti was selected a first-team All-American, giving Penn State 11 first-team All-Americans since 2005. The Nittany Lions’ 97th first-team All-American, Mauti was a semifinalist for the 2012 Butkus Award and was the Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year.

A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Stankiewitch helped Penn State gain more than 500 yards of total offense three times in conference play, topped by 546 yards against Indiana, its highest total against a Big Ten foe in four years

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