Bison Hold Off Men's Basketball In Patriot League Quarterfinals
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell University made 10 free throws in the game's final two minutes Wednesday to hold off Loyola University Maryland, 83-78, in the Patriot League Quarterfinals at Sojka Pavilion.
Isaiah Hart and Andrew Kostecka made 3-pointers for the Greyhounds in the final 30 seconds, pulling the Greyhounds within as few as three, but the Bison made all eight of their foul shots with 35 or fewer seconds left to seal the win.
Stephen Brown scored in transition with 2:44 left, pushing the Bison lead to eight, 69-61, but Andre Walker hit a pull-up jumper at 2:27 to make it a six-point game. Nana Foulland drew a foul for Bucknell and made both free throws 19 seconds later.
Andre Walker, who finished with a team-high 17 points for Loyola, knocked down a 25-foot three for the Greyhounds at 1:54, and the Greyhounds were within five.
Foulland, however, caught a Brown feed off the drive for a dunk to send the margin back to seven. After a missed layup, Loyola was whistled for a foul, and Zach Thomas converted the second of two free throws with 65 seconds on the clock to give Bucknell a 74-66 lead.
Chuck Champion drove and scored a finger-roll with 50 seconds left, pulling Loyola with in seven, and the Greyhounds fouled Jimmy Sotos with 42 ticks on the clock. He made the second of two to make it 75-68 Bison.
Hart scored again in the paint with 36 seconds left, pulling Loyola within five, and the Greyhounds called their final timeout. Brown was fouled for Bucknell, and he hit both free throws before Hart hit a three from the top of the perimeter with 23 seconds left, cutting Loyola's deficit to four, 77-73.
The Greyhounds fouled McKenzie on the inbound, and he made both foul shots, but Hart scored in the lane with 15 ticks left, and it was again a four-point spread. McKenzie was fouled again, and he made both shots to send Bucknell back up six.
McKenzie then blocked a Hart three, but Loyola got the offensive rebound, and Kostecka knocked a three down with 1.7 on the clock, pulling the Greyhounds within three, 81-78.
On the ensuing inbound, Loyola trapped Brown on the baseline with his foot sliding toward the end-line, but play continued and Thomas was fouled with a second left. He made both foul shots to secure the Bison win.
Overall, Bucknell made 27 of 38 free throws, including 23 of 33 in the second half. Loyola was 5 of 12 from the stripe, 3 of 6 after the break. Loyola tied its season-high with 34 made field goals, and it limited Bucknell to 24, nine in the second half.
The Bison built a 10-point lead four times in the first half and went up 41-29 on a Brown three with 1:31 on the clock, but Walker cut the deficit to eight with a basket 48 seconds before halftime.
A Kostecka three with 14:37 left in regulation cut the gap to two, 46-44, but Bucknell scored the next three to keep the Greyhounds at arm's length.
Thomas finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, going 13 of 17 from the free-throw line. McKenzie had 18, while Brown added 16 for the Bison.
Walker led five Greyhounds in double figures with 17 points, finishing his career with 1,682 points, a total good for sixth in school history. The three-time All-Patriot League honoree also finished second in school history in steals (195) and 3-pointers made (214) and fifth in assists (393).
Hart scored all 13 of his points in the second half, and Kostecka added 13, while Champion tallied 12.
Brent Holcombe recorded his second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. He also had two blocked shots and a pair of steals. KaVaughn Scott scored nine and grabbed six boards.
Cam Gregory grabbed five rebounds to raise his career total to 876, third-most in school history. He also finished as the school's career record-holder in field-goal percentage (.5819).