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College Sports

February 5, 2012

Bucknell Basketball: Bison pull away late


"You always wonder if they are going play differently (if we take the lead)," Spiker said. "We just didn't execute enough to have a chance to find out how they would have reacted."

Army would cut the lead to 57-56 with 8:49 left on two foul shots by Jordan Springer, but Bryan Cohen's three-point play, followed by a 3-pointer by Bryson Johnson pushed Bucknell's lead to 63-57 with 8:08 left in the game. It was Cohen's second three-point play of the second half and he finished with a game-high 19 points.

"I think we were in floor game, so we had four guards on the floor. I knew I had a bigger post player on me," Cohen said. "I was able to get to the rim and finish."

Leading scorer Mike Muscala was held in check in the first half, scoring 10 of his 16 points after halftime, eight coming from the foul line.

"The coaches wanted me to face up a little more at the basket," Muscala said. "I need to make a couple more of those shots inside though." (Muscala was just 4-of-10 from floor).

Once Bucknell pushed its lead to six, the Black Knights were never able to get closer. Bucknell would eventually push its lead to 13 with 1:45 left in the game on two foul shots by Ayers.

Besides Cohen and Muscala, both Johnson and Ayers finished in double figures for Bucknell. Johnson had 14 points off the bench, including hitting 4-of-5 shots from behind the 3-point line. Ayers finished with 12 points.

Julian Simmons had 15 points to lead the Black Knights. Ella Ellis, who is third in the Patriot League in scoring at 18.3 points, had 13 points for Army, five below his average.

Saturday's game got off to a quick start as both teams shot lights out from the floor. The Bison shot 70.8 percent from the floor in the first half, but couldn't build much of lead until late cause the Black Knights shot 6-of-9 from behind the 3-point arc.

The Bison needed a late 8-0 run to build their nine-point halftime advantage.

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