The American University men's basketball team will close out the first half of the Patriot League season when they travel to Lafayette on Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m. Both American and Lafayette, along with Lehigh, are tied for second place in the standings with a 4-2 conference mark.
American fought back from a 15-point deficit in the second half, but weren't able to complete a comeback as they fell to the undefeated Bucknell Bison, 67-61. Daniel Munoz scored a career-high 16 points with four assists. Tony Wroblicky posted a team-high nine rebounds and two blocks. Wroblicky's two blocks brought his season total to 36, which ties him for eighth all-time at American in a single season.
Bucknell (16-6, 6-0) took a quick lead over American (13-8, 4-2) but a 10-0 run by the Eagles gave American its first lead of the day, 14-9, and forced the Bison to call a timeout. The Eagles took their largest lead on four straight points from Munoz before Bucknell went on a 10-2 run to take a 24-23 lead with 1:42 remaining. The lead changed four times in the closing minutes of the first to give the Bison a 28-25 advantage at the end of the first half.
Muscala scored the first six points of the half to start an 11-2 run and went up by as many as 15 points twice. The Eagles were able to chip away at Bucknell's lead with a Munoz three, cutting the Bison's lead to 53-45 with just under six minutes to play. The Eagles cut it to four after a Charles Hinkle three with 14.7 seconds remaining but time expired for the 67-61 Bucknell victory.
American shot 37.7 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three-point range. The Eagles also went 15-of-18 from the charity stripe and outrebounded Bucknell 31-26 in the game.
American holds a 28-17 advantage in the all-time series against Lafayette, and a 19-6 record since the Eagles joined the Patriot League. American is 12-7 against the Leopards when playing in Easton, Pa. The Eagles have won 14 of the last 15 games against Lafayette. American's last loss came in last season's Patriot League semifinals in double-overtime, 73-71.
Lafayette owns a 9-12 record this season and a 4-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards picked up a 82-76 victory on Wednesday at Colgate as Ryan Willen recorded a team-high 18 points.
Willen leads Lafayette with 15.0 ppg and 5.1 rpg while Jim Mower is ranked second on the team with 14.4 ppg. Mower's 86.6 percent free throw percentage is the best in the Patriot League this season. Rob Delaney is ranked second in the Patriot League with 3.9 apg and fourth with 1.1 spg.
The game will be broadcast live on Patriot League All-Access.
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