Feb. 8, 2006
LEWISBURG, Pa. - A strong first-half effort by host Bucknell University put the American University men's basketball in a 14-point hole, from which the Eagles could not claw out of in the second half in a 74-57 BU win Wednesday at Sojka Pavilion.
American found itself in a 14-point hole entering the lockerroom at halftime. Bucknell's offense was efficient, hitting 52 percent from the floor and 63 percent (five-of-eight) from outside the arc. Meanwhile, the Bison's defense was stellar, holding the Eagles to just 39 percent shooting. With 11:07 remaining in the second period, AU held a 17-16 lead, but BU locked down and allowed just two AU field goals for the rest of the half, leading to a 24-9 Bucknell run to close out the half. No AU player had more than five points in the opening stanza, while the Bison outrebounded the Eagles 19-10, including nabbing 10 offensive boards.
American could get no closer than 11 in the second half. Overall, the Bison outrebounded AU 28-16 and outscored the Eagles in the paint, 26-10.
Derrrick Mercer (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony's) was the only Eagle in double figures in scoring, finishing with 13 points while hitting all four of his shots, including three three-pointers.
Bucknell had four players in double digits, led by center Chris McNaughton, who had 16 points on eight-of-12 shooting.
With the loss, AU falls to 7-15 overall, 3-6 in the Patriot League. Bucknell improves to 19-3 overall, 10-0 in the PL. The Bison are just the second Patriot League team to start its league docket with 10 consecutive wins.
American returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. against Colgate. The game is the latter half of a women's/men's basketball doubleheader that will be televised nationally on College Sports Television.