Dec. 28, 2010
Baltimore, Md. - Bucknell ended the first half shooting 52.4 percent after missing its first five shots to build a nine-point lead and never looked back in posting a 70-59 road non-conference victory Tuesday night at Loyola.
The Bison's opening shooting allowed the Greyhounds to lead out to a 12-2 advantage six minutes into the contest before Bucknell began to find its shooting eye. In five minutes, the Bison scored 14 points against just a three-pointer from Loyola junior forward Shane Walker to grab a 16-15 lead with 9:13 remaining in the half.
Bucknell (7-7) ended the half on a 15-2 run to take a 36-27 lead at the intermission and five minutes into the second half had opened up a 47-31 advantage for its largest lead of the game. Key to the success was making six of nine from three-point range as compared to 33.3 percent (4-12) for the Greyhounds.
"They made a few threes and we started to take a few ourselves and that's not what we were trying to do," Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the contest. "Six for 21 from three is not very good and as the coach, that's not what we were trying to do."
The Greyhounds (4-8) scored eight straight with sophomore forward Erik Etherly tallying the first four to cut the deficit to eight. That would be one of three times the rest of the contest that Loyola would cut the margin to eight, but each time the Bison answered with baskets and were never threatened.
For the Bison, G.W. Boon came off the bench to score 16 points in 20 minutes and was matched for game-high honors by Joe Willman. Bryon Johnson scored 13 and Mike Muscala grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Loyola was led in scoring by Walker's 14 points and he added a team-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Jamal Barney was the only other Greyhounds player in double figures with 10.
The Greyhounds are back in action Monday night when MAAC play reconvenes with a home contest against Marist in Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock.