The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 15, 2013

Todd Hummel's column on college sports: One special night at Sojka


Saturday night against Army was another one of those nights. With the Bison trailing 11-4 early against the Black Knights, Kaspar had all five of his points to help Bucknell cut the lead to 13-12.

Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen knows Kaspar can become an important cog for the Bison, but the sophomore from Lakeland, Tenn., walks a fine line sometimes between being spectacular and drawing the ire of his coach.

"He's playing with a bit of swagger again. He had it early last year, but he had some ups and downs as most freshmen do," Paulsen said. "We want him to play more solid, but not lose his swagger.

"Sometimes he does some things that make me want to strangle him, though."

That has been happening less-and-less frequently. Kaspar had two turnovers against Army, his first time in five contests he's had multiple giveaways.


I'm almost ashamed to write this just because I show my age, but as I was sitting on press row at Sojka Pavilion on Saturday night, I thought, "I kind of miss Davis Gym sometimes."

From when I was in high school crowding into those old school bleachers jammed on top of each other, sweating inside as its freezing outside, and to the triple-overtime game between the Bison and Colgate I covered many years ago, that old sweatbox had its charms.

I wonder if we could talk coach Paulsen into doing a retro night like the Bucknell women's team did back in December just to see the old place jammed to the rafters and hot as heck one more time.

n Correspondent Todd Hummel writes a weekly college basketball column for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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