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Danville Sports

November 29, 2011

College Sports Notebook: Bucknell's Johnson heating up from outside

In a rout of St. Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 19, Bryson Johnson, the Bucknell men's basketball team's sharp-shooting guard from Nova Scotia, finished 1-for-9 from the field, missing seven shots in a row. Now those numbers occasionally pop up for even the best shooters, it just seemed like it never happened for Johnson.

As a sophomore for the Bison, he hit a school record 99 3-pointers and was seventh nationally in percentage, hitting 99-of-217 from distance, a staggering 45 percent.

Johnson followed his 1-for-9 with a 1-for-4 against Princeton, attempting -- and missing -- just two 3s in the opener of the Legends Classic on Friday. But shooters shoot, even if they are slumping, and Johnson shot his way out of it over the weekend. In a rout of Alabama State in the middle game of the tournament, Johnson hit a Sojka Pavilion-record nine 3s on his way to 27 points. He followed that up with six more on Sunday in a tough win over 2010 NCAA tourney team Morehead State, giving him 15 3s in his last two games.

Despite the slow start, Johnson is still hitting better than 42 percent from range.

DOMINANT REBOUNDER: In the preseason, Bucknell men's coach Dave Paulsen said the way junior center Mike Muscala could take his game to the next level was to become a dominant rebounder.

Through seven games the junior from Minnesota seems to have done just that. Muscala is averaging nearly nine boards a game so far this year, double any of his teammates. The reigning Patriot League Player of the Year has had three double-doubles in Bucknell's first seven games, including a dominating 25-point, 12-rebound performance against Princeton on Friday, another NCAA tourney team from a year ago.

He leads the Patriot League in rebounding as well as both offensive and defensive rebounds.

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