LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half, to pull away for a 75-41 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at Sojka Pavilion. Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) led the Crusaders with 11 points, while sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added 10 points and five rebounds. Holy Cross falls to 8-11 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Bison improve to 14-6 on the season and 4-0 in the conference.
Holy Cross shot just 24.6 percent from the floor on the night (14 of 57) and 14.3 percent from three-point range (two of 14). The Crusaders were also outrebounded by the Bison 50-31. Bucknell hit 44.6 percent of its field goal attempts in the game (25 of 56) and 50.0 percent of its three-pointers (nine of 18).
The Bison started the game on a 6-0 run, and went on to increase their lead to 12 points (17-5) with 8:52 left in the first half. The Crusaders scored the next six points to get back into the game, and were still down by six (25-19) with 30 seconds remaining before the break. Bucknell's Brian Fitzpatrick hit a pair of free throws to make the score 27-19, then Holy Cross ran the clock down before taking one final shot. But for no reason, the clock mysteriously stopped for several seconds, giving the Bison time to grab the rebound, come down the court and hit a three-point field goal to make the score 30-19 at the break.
Bucknell rode the momentum from that shot into the second half, using runs of 12-0 and 10-2 to increase their lead to 30 points (59-29) with just under seven minutes remaining. The Bison eventually led by as many as 36 points late in the game, before finally claiming a 34-point victory.
Cameron Ayers led Bucknell with a game-high 13 points. Bryan Cohen added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Bison, while Mike Muscala posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 25, when it travels to Army for a 7:00 p.m. game.