Bucknell's Joe Willman
Jan. 2, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell became the first team in Patriot League history with 13 non-League victories by defeating Cornell 72-56 on the road on Wednesday.
Lafayette pulled out a win at home by knocking off NJIT 83-66, while Colgate and NJIT fell in close games on the road.
The Bison (13-2) also equaled their best 15-game start in program history as they pulled away in the second half for the 16-point win at Cornell. Bucknell held a slim 55-51 lead with under eight minutes to play before closing the contest on a 17-5 run to earn the lopsided win. Cameron Ayers led a balanced effort with 16 points, while Bryson Johnson had 15, Mike Muscala had 13 and 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double and Joe Willman scored 10. Bucknell made 28-of-45 shots (62.2%) while holding Cornell to 20-of-55 (36.4%) from the field.
Lafayette (6-10) won its fifth straight home game with an impressive effort against an NJIT squad that had taken multiple BIG EAST teams to the wire. Lafayette led for nearly the entire game, and closed the first half on a 23-9 run to build a 46-31 lead at the break. Lafayette built its lead as high as 28 points in the second half as it led by double digits for the entire period. Seth Hinrichs led the way with 21 points and seven rebounds while shooting 7-of-8 overall and 5-of-6 from three-point range, while Tony Johnson had a great game overall with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Lafayette made exactly 50 percent of its shots (29-of-58) and three-pointers (13-of-26).
Colgate (5-10) scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 36-30 lead at Columbia, but the Lions bounced back to pull out a 66-59 win at home. The Raiders held a 54-53 lead with 4:56 left before Columbia went ahead for good with a three-pointer and put together a 13-5 run to close the game. John Brandenburg, Pat Moore and Murphy Burnatowski led the Raiders with 13 points apiece.
Navy (6-9) scored nine striaght points to go up 54-50 at IPFW with 7:10 left, but the Mastodons answered with 10 straight points and went on to beat the Mids 68-63 in Fort Wayne. Worth Smith and Brandon Venturini led the Mids with 17 points apiece as Navy shot the ball well at 23-of-47 overall and 10-of-19 from three-point range. The Mids had won the first meeting between the schools on Nov. 28.