Bucknell Runs Away from Men's Basketball
Jan. 8, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Bucknell took a nine-point lead into halftime and never looked back as the Bison left Kirby Sports Center with a 96-86 victory over Lafayette on Wednesday night. Bucknell's three-point shooting was stellar, as it hit 12 of its 15 attempts from distance.
Ben Brackney poured in 25 points and made six of his eight three-point shots to lead all scorers, Chris Hass netted 21, Cameron Ayers scored 18 and Dom Hoffman chipped in 11 for Bucknell (7-7, 2-1). In addition to shooting well from three-point land, the Bison went 28-for-36 at the free throw line and held a plus-five rebounding margin.
Lafayette (4-10, 0-3) was led offensively by Dan Trist, who matched his season-high with 21 points, and Bryce Scott (18 points). Joey Ptasinski and Nick Lindner each contributed 11 points in the loss. As a team Lafayette made half of its field goals (32-of-64), and nailed 10-of-17 from downtown (58.8%).
Bucknell opened the scoring with a three by Ayers and opened up a 9-4 cushion with a backdoor cut and layup off a feed from Steven Kaspar (six assists) four minutes into the game. On Lafayette's ensuring possession Trist picked up his second foul and spent the rest of the first half on the bench along with Nick Lindner, who was also called for a pair of early fouls.
With Trist and Lindner in foul trouble, Ayers stretched Bucknell's advantage to seven points (16-9) with his second three, before an 8-2 run brought Lafayette within a point at 18-17. Ptasinski scooped up a loose ball and was fouled inside before converting the three-point play to finish off the spurt.
A corner three by Ryan Frazier (nine points) and a layup surrounding Ben Freeland's elbow pull-up jumper put the visitors ahead by six, prior to Lafayette ripping off eight straight points to take its first lead at 28-25. Treys by Zach Rufer and Ptasinski highlighted Lafayette's run and forced Bucknell to call timeout with 5:31 left in the period.
After the stoppage, Brackney hit a trio of three-pointers as part of a 14-2 run by the Bison, who took a 44-35 lead into halftime. Bucknell connected on 8-of-10 from beyond the arc in the half, with Ayers and Brackney combining for 6-of-7. Ayers scored 15 of his 18 points before intermission.
Bucknell's hot three-point shooting continued early in the second half as Brackney and Ayers each drilled one in the first four minutes to push the lead to 15 points five minutes in. The Bison ran the lead to 19 points prior to Trist's layup with 12:01 remaining that snapped a 5:52 drought without a field goal. Bucknell led 60-43 at that point.
Lafayette pulled within 13 points on two occasions, but both times Brackney knocked down three-pointers on the other end. The closest Lafayette got was eight points in the final minute as it tried to extend the game.
Lafayette returns to action at Kirby Sports Center on Saturday afternoon against Boston University. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game can be seen live on the Lafayette Sports Network.
Lafayette's 58.8 three-point percentage (10-17) was its highest of the season.
The Leopards dipped to 0-5 when giving up more than 85 points.
Lafayette surrendered a season-high 96 points and a season-high 12 threes.
Lafayette's six turnovers were a season-low.
Michael Hoffman secured a career-high five rebounds.
Dan Trist reached the 20-point plateau for the third time in his career.