Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News breaks down Friday night's NCAA Tournament game between Michigan State and Bucknell.
Bucknell wins Patriot League’s NCAA bid
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — There was no dramatic comeback this time. Just a steady, overpowering performance that propelled Bucknell to its second straight Patriot League Tournament championship.
Stephen Brown scored 22 points and reserve Nate Sestina added as Bucknell won the Patriot League title with an 83-54 victory over Colgate on Wednesday night.
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stephen Brown scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half and regular-season champion Bucknell cruised into the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament with a 90-59 win over fifth-seeded Boston University on Sunday.
The defending champion Bison (24-9), who have won seven straight, are home against second-seeded Colgate on Wednesday.
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Zach Thomas notched his 14th double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds and top-seeded Bucknell survived upset-minded No. 8 seed Loyola (MD) 83-78 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament.
The Bison (23-9) move on to a semifinal matchup against No. 5 seed Boston University. The Terriers (15-15) ousted No. 4 seed Lehigh 88-82.
Thomas, Brown combine for 48, Bucknell cruises by Navy 85-61
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Zach Thomas scored 23 points, tying a school record with his 16th 20-point game, Stephen Brown added 25 points and Bucknell cruised past Navy 85-61 Wednesday night with each team already assured of a top spot in the upcoming Patriot League playoffs.
Bucknell (21-9, 15-2) had already locked up the league title and home court for the quarterfinals for the fourth-straight season and seventh time in the last eight. Navy (19-11, 10-7) is tied for third.
Bucknell beats Loyola 94-53, clinches Patriot League title
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stephen Brown scored 20 points, Zach Thomas had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Bucknell routed Loyola (Md.) 94-53 on Wednesday night to clinch the Patriot League regular season title.
Mackenzie 3s caps late spurt, lifts Bucknell over Colgate
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Kimbal Mackenzie scored six of his 11 points in the final 21 seconds, including the winning 3-pointer as time expired, to help Bucknell rally for a 65-64 win over Colgate on Monday night.
Bucknell dumps Lafayette 74-59 behind Thomas’ 20 points
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Zach Thomas scored 20 points and Stephen Brown scored 14 and Bucknell beat Lafayette 74-59 on Saturday night.
Bucknell used an 8-0 run that started with Thomas' 3-pointer and ended with his layup and the Bison stretched their lead to 30-21 with 7:03 before intermission. Later, Alex Petrie's 3 and pair of free throws reduced Lafayette's deficit to three before Thomas ended the half with a pair of free throws and a 39-34 lead.
Bucknell uses 15-3 run in OT, beats Army 83-71
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Zach Thomas had 32 points and 11 rebounds, Kimbal Mackenzie converted a key 4-point play in overtime and Bucknell beat Army 83-71 on Wednesday night.
Bucknell (16-8, 10-1 Patriot League) has won nine straight while Army (12-10, 5-6) has lost four of its last five games.
Bucknell whips BU 91-79, takes control of Patriot League
BOSTON (AP) — Stephen Brown scored 21 points and Bucknell avenged its last loss and opened a two-game lead atop the Patriot League with a 91-79 win over Boston University on Sunday.
Zach Thomas added 18 points and Nana Foulland 15 for the Bison (15-8, 9-1), who won their eighth straight since losing at home to the Terriers (11-10, 7-3). The winning streak is their longest since winning 12 straight in 2011-12.
Brown scores career-high 27, Bucknell wins 7th straight
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Stephen Brown scored a career-high 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Bucknell beat Navy 87-67 on Wednesday night for its seventh straight victory.
Bucknell (14-8, 8-1) maintained sole possession of first place in the Patriot League with its sixth straight road win of the season — equaling its longest in the last six years.
First-place Bucknell rolls past Holy Cross 77-56
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Zach Thomas scored 18 points with six rebounds and Bucknell beat Holy Cross 77-56 on Saturday to extend its winning streak to six.
Thomas, the Patriot League's scoring and rebounding leader, made 4 of 7 from the field and 9 of 11 free throws with Nana Foulland adding 14 points and seven rebounds. Stephen Brown scored 10 points for the Bison (13-8, 7-1), who are alone in first place.
Zach Thomas scores 25 points, Bucknell grabs 1st in Patriot
BALTIMORE (AP) — Zach Thomas scored 25 points, made four of Bucknell's eight free throws in the last 50 seconds to hold off Loyola 78-70 and the Bison took over sole possession of first place in the Patriot League Wednesday night.
The win is the fifth straight for Bucknell (12-8, 6-1). The Bison learned late in the game, when Loyola was rallying, that Patriot co-leader Boston U was upset by American University.
Thomas, Foulland lead Bucknell to 63-51 win over Colgate
HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) — Zach Thomas had 17 points and 15 rebounds, Nana Foulland scored 13 and grabbed 11 boards and Bucknell beat Colgate 63-51 on Monday night for its fourth consecutive win.
Stephen Brown added 10 points and Kimbal Mackenzie scored nine on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range for Bucknell (11-8, 5-1 Patriot League). The Bison limited Colgate (8-9, 3-3) to a season-low 27.1-percent (16-of-59) shooting.
Brown matches career high, leads Bucknell to 78-65 win
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stephen Brown matched his career high with 23 points, Zach Thomas had 13 and Nana Foulland added 12 as Bucknell raced ahead of Lehigh in the second half to take a 78-65 win on Thursday night.
Brown grabbed five rebounds with two assists and two steals. Thomas also had six rebounds and three steals.
Bucknell (10-8, 4-1 Patriot League) won its third straight and sixth of its last seven games to maintain a share of first place in the league.
Bucknell pulls away early in 2nd half to beat Army 83-66
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Stephen Brown had 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting including 3 of 6 from 3-point range to help Bucknell beat Army 83-66 on Friday night.
Bruce Moore was 4 of 7 from behind the arc and finished with 17 points for the Bison (8-8, 2-1 Patriot League), who won their fourth in the last five.
Foulland has career-high 30 in Bucknell’s 88-81 win
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Nana Foulland scored a career-high 30 points and Bucknell defeated La Salle 88-81 on Friday night.
Thomas has 24 points as Bucknell holds off Vermont 81-77
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Zach Thomas hit his season average, scoring 24 points to help Bucknell hold off Vermont for an 81-77 win on Saturday night.
Thomas was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. He also dropped in 5 of 6 free throws. Thomas, who averages 10 boards a game, had nine with five assists. Stephen Brown added 17 points with six assists and Nana Foulland finished with 14 points and three blocks for Bucknell (4-5).
Thomas scores 22 points, leads Bucknell over Ball St. 87-83
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Zach Thomas scored 22 points, Stephen Brown added 19 and Bucknell defeated Ball State 87-83 on Wednesday night.
Thomas was 5-of-14 shooting from the field and made 12 of 14 free throws. Brown was 8 of 14 from the floor. Nana Foulland added 16 points for Bucknell (2-4). Bruce Moore scored six of his nine points in the final three minutes to help the Bison pull away.
Tayler Persons scored 21 points to lead Ball State (1-4). Kyle Mallers and Zach Gunn added 13 points apiece.