The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Bill Bowman

January 16, 2012

Bill Bowman's column on college sports: Fast break


But that's really getting ahead of the game. Coach Dave Paulsen never lets his team think beyond the next possession, a sound plan when you have goals like this team does.

n GETTING THE POINT: Another scary proposition for the rest of the Patriot League's men's basketball teams is that it seems like the Bison's two young point guards -- sophomore Ryan Hill and freshman Steven Kaspar -- are starting to figure things out.

Paulsen gave the ball to Cameron Ayers to start the year at the point, but he was playing out of position while Hill and Kaspar got their feet wet. Kaspar moved into the starting lineup after a handful of games, got the start in five in a row before Hill started the last five, including all three Patriot League games.

Replacing All-Patriot guard Darryl Shazier wasn't going to be a one-man gig, and Hill and Kaspar are now doing a pretty good double-team on the spot. In Bucknell's five game win streak the pair have combined for 35 points, 22 assists and just 10 turnovers, an average of 7.0 points, 4.4 assists and 2.5 turnovers. Last year Shazier averaged 8.3 points, 5.4 assists and just 1.4 turnovers.

Hill has tied his career-high in points with eight in two of his last three games, and he handed out a career-high eight assists in the win over Colgate. Kaspar has just one turnover in the last games, all of which could spell bad news for the rest of the league.

n Sports Editor Bill Bowman covers college sports for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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