Bucknell Tops Holy Cross on Muscala's Game-Winner

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Mike Muscala led Bucknell with 23 points and hit the game-winning shot with 1.4 seconds left against Holy Cross.
Mike Muscala led Bucknell with 23 points and hit the game-winning shot with 1.4 seconds left against Holy Cross.

Jan. 16, 2011

Lewisburg, Pa. - Sophomore Mike Muscala sank the game-winning shot from the baseline with 1.4 seconds left to give Bucknell sole possession of first place in Patriot League men's basketball with a 74-72 win over Holy Cross on Sunday at Sojka Pavilion in a game shown on CBS College Sports Network.

Muscala capped a 23-point, 13-rebound performance with the winning bucket. It continued an amazing stretch for the sophomore, who hit the game-winning jumper at the buzzer in a 62-61 win at Richmond on Jan. 2 and finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a 75-60 win at American on Wednesday.

The Bison (12-7, 3-0 Patriot League) seemed like they would coast to victory after scoring the first eight points and building a 43-34 lead at the half. They extended the lead to 50-36 early in the second half, and still held a 59-48 lead when Holy Cross (3-14, 2-1) scored 10 straight points to get within one with 8:20 to play. The Bison never fell behind, but Holy Cross stayed within five points and finally tied the score for the first time on a pair of free throws by Josh Jones that evened the game at 72 with 28 seconds left. That set up Bucknell's final possession, where Darryl Shazier dished to Muscala for a jumper deep in the right corner that won the game with 1.4 seconds left.

Muscala made 9-of-18 shots and 5-of-7 at the foul line while also recording three blocks and three assists. He averaged 28.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in Bucknell's two victories this week. Bryson Johnson scored 17 on 5-of-11 from beyond the arc, while Joe Willman added 13. Shazier, one of the nation's leaders in assist/turnover ratio, finished with nine assists and did not commit a turnover. He led an offense that recorded 16 assists and just three turnovers in the game. One of the nation's top foul shooting teams, the Bison had another good day with a 13-of-17 effort at the line. Bucknell won its sixth consecutive game, and 10th in the past 11 contests. The Bison improved to 3-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2008.

Four Crusaders finished in double figures, as Jones and Devin Brown each tallied 14, Andrew Keister had 13 and Mike Cavataio scored 12 and also recorded six assists and six rebounds. Eric Obeysekere had six points and 10 rebounds as the Crusaders held a 38-31 edge on the glass. The Crusaders made 46 percent from the field and 7-of-18 from three-point range, but hit just 13-of-21 free throws. Holy Cross saw its two-game win streak come to an end.

For the recap and box score from each school, click on the links below.

at Bucknell 74, Holy Cross 72
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