Nov. 16, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell remained undefeated while Army moved over .500 as each squad kicked off the men's basketball weekend schedule with wins on Friday.
The Bison (3-0) overcame an early deficit to race past host Niagara 88-71 in the opener of the 2K Sports Classic subregional in Niagara Falls. Mike Muscala had his third straight double-double to open the season and nearly made it a triple-double with 18 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as well as three blocks. He was one of six players in double figures, as Bryson Johnson had 15 points, Joe Willman, Cameron Ayers and Ryan Frazier scored 12 and Steven Kaspar added 11. Bucknell trailed 43-31 with just over two minutes to play in the first half, but scored the next 18 points spanning the first and second half to take the lead and never let up in going on to the 17-point win. The Bison are 3-0 for the first time since 2005-06.
Army (2-1) continued the trend of victories in home openers as the Black Knights jumped out early and never looked back in an 85-76 win over Binghamton. Army used an 11-1 run late in the first half to build a 39-29 halftime lead, and held a lead of at least eight points throughout the second half. Freshman Kyle Wilson had a breakout game with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while Josh Herbeck added 15 and Ella Ellis scored 12. Army is the fifth Patriot League team in the last four days to win its home opener, and sixth out of seven to play at home this season.
Lafayette (1-2) could not keep up with the defending national champions and fell 101-49 at No. 3 Kentucky on Friday. Tony Johnson led the Leopards with 13 points.
There are just two games on Saturday, as Bucknell continues its 2K Sports Classic subregional against New Mexico State and Colgate opens up its weekend at the EA Sports Maui Invitational mainland bracket with a matchup against host Elon.
Recaps and box scores from Friday night's games are included below.
Bucknell 88 at Niagara 71 (2K Sports Classic Subregional - Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
at Army 85
, Binghamton 76
at No. 3 Kentucky 101, Lafayette 49 (Barclays Center Classic)