Bucknell's (10-15, 5-4) Mike Muscala hit five straight shots to put the Bison up 11-0 less than four minutes in. Trailing by 12, American (7-17, 4-5) used an 8-0 run to pull to within four, 22-18, with 5:19 to play. Hendra began the spurt with his third three-pointer of the half and was followed on the team's next possession by a Riley Grafft dunk. Daniel Munoz capped the run off by hitting the second of two free throws.
Hendra's fourth trey of the frame pulled American to within one, 26-25, with 1:24 remaining before a pair of Bryson Johnson free throws gave Bucknell a 28-25 advantage heading into the intermission.
Hendra scored 12 points in the first half on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc and dished out three assists. Stephen Lumpkins added six points and five boards in the frame as the Eagles shot 40.9 percent from the field. Bucknell, meanwhile, shot 39.3 percent in the half and earned its edge by scoring 10 second chance points.
Darryl Shazier hit back-to-back three-pointers coming out of the break to put Bucknell up 34-25. The Bison extended their advantage to 12 points, 42-30, on a pair of Johnson free throws and with 6:59 to play led by 17, 53-36, following a pair of Joe Willman freebies.
A Munoz layup with 2:30 remaining got American back to within 10 points of the lead, 64-54, but it was as close as the Eagles would get down the stretch. Bucknell went on to score nine straight points to take a 73-54 advantage before the final buzzer sounded the 73-59 Bison victory.
Hendra led all scorers with a career-high 19 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. The junior shot 6-of-9 from the field and was 5-of-7 from three. Munoz added a career-best 15 points, shooting 7-of-8 from the line, with two rebounds and two assists. Lumpkins also reached double-digits with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.
Bucknell held American to 35.3 percent shooting for the game while connecting on 42.3 percent of its attempts. The Bison also hit on 26-of-32 attempts from the line and held a 17-2 advantage in points off turnovers. Willman scored a team-high 15 points for the Bison while Johnson and Bryan Cohen each added 14.
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