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Bucknell Steals Win in Final Minutes

Jan. 8, 2014

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7-6, 2-1

  1 2 F
Lafayette 46 26 72
Bucknell 33 42 75

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6-8, 0-3

 Stat Comparison BU LC
 Points 75 72
 FG Made-Attempted 24-67 29-73
 FG Percentage 35.8 39.7
 3P Made/Attempted 9-23 8-24
 3P Percentage 39.1 33.3
 FT Made-Attempted 18-20 6-8
 FT Percentage 90.0 75.0
 Rebounds 38 46
 Turnovers 10 13

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - Homan
 BU - Dotson
 LC - Snow 9
 BU - Dotson 9
 LC - Peabody 6
 BU - Romine 7
 LC - Fiacco, Snow 1
 BU - Dotson, Harris 2
 LC - Fiacco 7
 BU - Impellizeri 1

Lewisburg, Pa. – The Leopards fell in heartbreaking fashion to Bucknell, 75-72, on Wednesday night. Lafayette led for the majority of the game, but the Bison stole the win in the final minutes and improved to 2-1 in Patriot League play, while the Leopards dropped to 0-3.

The Bison erased Lafayette’s 13-point halftime lead and took their first lead of the night, 73-72, when Tyler Craig converted a layup on a fast break with a minute and a half to play. Lafayette had a chance to take the lead with under five seconds to play, but Linnel Macklin’s jumper missed right and Bucknell gathered the rebound. Audrey Dotson knocked down a pair from the free throw line to extend the lead to three. A desperation three from Madeline Fahan at the buzzer came up just short off the front of the rim.

The Leopards jumped out to an early 6-2 started on baskets from Emily Homan, Linnel Macklin and Maddie Peabody. A three from Annette Snow pushed the Lafayette lead to seven, 11-4, at the 16:14 mark.

Snow buried her second triple on the next possession for the Leopards. Lafayette continued its hot start, knocking down 11 of its first 15 shots in the first eight and a half minutes to take a 26-18 lead with 11:25 to play in the first half.

Lafayette increased its lead to 11, 35-24, with 6:57 to play in the opening frame. The Leopards led by as many as 13 in the first half and went into the break with a 46-33 lead. The 46 points tied the second highest point output for a half this season.

The Leopards shot 50 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from distance in the opening half. Snow was 4-for-4 from three-point land for a career-high 12 points in the first frame; her seven boards are also a career best. Homan was second on the team with eight points.

Bucknell opened the second half on a 13-8 run to trim Lafayette’s lead to eight, 54-46, at the under 16 media timeout. Out of the timeout, the Bison spurt continued as Bucknell scored the next five points to pull within three, 54-51. Macklin drew a charge on the next possession to slow the Bucknell burst.

At the other end, Macklin made a driving layup to stop the Bucknell run. The Bison answered with a three from Megan McGurk, making it a one possession game, 56-54, with 13:02 on the clock. Fiacco recorded her 5 block of the game, followed by Peabody’s driving layup plus the foul to give the Leopards a five-point cushion, 59-54.

Fahan buried a three from the corner to push Lafayette’s lead to six, 62-56, with 10 and a half minutes to play. Fiacco blocked another shot and was rewarded on the other end when Peabody found her in the post on the Leopards next possession to increase the lead to eight.

A three-pointer from Bucknell’s Audrey Dotson cut the Leopards lead to five, 66-61 with seven minutes to play. Dotson knocked down a pair from the free throw line to pull within three, 66-63, on the Bison’s next possession. Kristan Liddle knocked down her second jumper of the night to give the Leopards a five-point advantage, 68-63, at the 5:49 mark.

Homan hit a 15-foot jumper from the wing, followed by a put back layup to increase Lafayette’s lead to seven, 72-65, with four and a half minutes to play. Bucknell’s Katherine Harris answered for the Bison with a three to slice the lead to four.

A pair of free throws from Bucknell’s Shelby Romine made it a two-point game, 72-70, with 2:43 on the clock. Bucknell looked to tie or take the lead on its next possession, but Macklin swatted a shot to protect the lead. At the other end, Homan couldn’t convert on a 1-and-1. Dotson hit 1-of-2 from the charity stipe to pull the Bison within a point, 72-71 with two minutes to play. Before the Bison's late-game heroics stole the victory from the Leopards.

The Leopards were led by Homan’s 15 points, and Snow’s 14 points and nine boards. Peabody was the final Leopard in double figures finishing with 10 points and a team-high six assists. The Bison were led by Dotson’s game-high 24 points and nine rebounds. Romine chipped in with 15 for Bucknell.
Lafayette travels to Boston this weekend to take on Boston University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be available on the Patriot League Network.