Bucknell beats Army, 55-48

The Bucknell Bison beat the Army Black Knights, 55-48, at Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday night.. The Bison won their third consecutive game while the Black Knights lost their third consecutive game for the first time this year. Army lost its first game this year when it held an opponent under 60 points

Once again Army had a prolonged offensive drought that led to a loss. Army went 10:13 without scoring a field goal late in second half that doomed Army's chances for a victory.

Army's defense made the Bisons work for every basket right from the start of the game. Army was especially effective on the perimeter in its man-to-man defense. Bucknell hit one three-point basket in 18 attempts during the game. Army's defense held them to just 32.8% from the field for the entire game. The only drawback from Army's aggressive defense is that it led to a number of fouls that put the Bison on the free throw line where the converted all nine attempts. Army hit 42 percent of their shots from the field in the first half; however, six turnovers and almost no second chance baskets limited their shots. At the half the game was tied 26 -26.

In the second half Army continued to make a concerted effort to drive the ball. Army started quickly with two layups by Marcus Nelson and Chris Walker to take a 30-26 lead. For the next ten minutes the game the teams continued to trade points as both teams played aggressive defense and contested every shot. Neither team hit a three-point basket in the second half, missing on all 15 attempts.

Julian Simmons scored a basket to pull Army within two points at 39-37. Bucknell then held Army without a field goal for the next 10:13 to pull away. Army shot only 6 of 26 from the floor in the second half as it ended up being their worst shooting game of the year. Bison freshman center Mike Muscala led them with 13 points. Cleveland Richard, who was very aggressive driving to the basket, led all scorers with 15 points.

Bucknell's third straight win improves their record to (9-14, 4-3 in Patriot League ). Army's loss ended their four-game winning streak over the Bison and dropped their record to (12-9, 2-5 in Patriot League). Army's next game is at home against Colgate on February 7.

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