Bison men take 10th straight game

LEWISBURG — Zach Thomas scored 20 points and Stephen Brown scored 14 and Bucknell beat Lafayette 74-59 on Saturday night for its 10th straight win, opening a three-game lead in the Patriot League standings.

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.

The Bison (17-8, 11-1 Patriot League) emerged from the break with Thomas, Bruce Moore and Kimbal Mackenzie making 3s on Bucknell’s first three possessions for a 14-point lead. Lafayette got back in it with an 11-0 run as the Bison went five minutes without a score and trailed 48-45. Bucknell went on an 11-0 run as Lafayette went scoreless for almost seven minutes and were up 59-45 and led by double figures the rest of the way.

Nana Foulland added 10 points for Bucknell, which committed just seven turnovers.

Petrie led Lafayette (6-17, 4-8) with 19 points and Paulius Zalys scored 10.

Bucknell defeated Lafayette for the sixth straight time. The 10-game winning streak is now tied for the 12th-longest in school history, and tied for the sixth-longest within a single season. The team’s last double-digit run came in 2011-12, when the Bison won 12 straight.

That streak was broken up by Lehigh, and the Bison will look to avoid a similar fate on a short turnaround on Monday night in Bethlehem. The Mountain Hawks helped Bucknell by beating second-place Boston earlier in the day on Saturday, creating the three-game cushion atop the standings.

LAFAYETTE (6-17)

Klinewski 1-7 0-0 3, Zalys 5-13 0-0 10, Stafford 1-2 2-3 4, Petrie 5-11 7-8 19, Stout 0-1 0-0 0, Hastings 0-1 0-0 0, Cherry 4-7 0-0 8, Stephens 3-6 0-0 7, Reichwein 0-0 0-0 0, Jaworski 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 22-53 9-11 59.

BUCKNELL (17-8)

Thomas 7-17 3-6 20, Moore 2-3 0-0 5, Foulland 5-11 0-0 10, Brown 5-9 2-2 14, Mackenzie 2-8 0-0 6, Meeks 0-0 0-0 0, Sestina 3-5 1-2 8, Newman 0-0 0-0 0, Sotos 1-3 2-2 4, Sechan 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Toomer 2-3 0-0 5, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-62 8-12 74.

Halftime–Bucknell 39-34. 3-Point Goals–Lafayette 6-17 (Petrie 2-3, Jaworski 2-3, Stephens 1-3, Klinewski 1-4, Stafford 0-1, Zalys 0-1, Hastings 0-1, Stout 0-1), Bucknell 10-25 (Thomas 3-7, Brown 2-5, Mackenzie 2-5, Toomer 1-1, Moore 1-1, Sestina 1-3, Sotos 0-1, Sechan 0-1, Jones 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Lafayette 33 (Zalys 9), Bucknell 30 (Thomas 7). Assists–Lafayette 12 (Stafford, Zalys 3), Bucknell 18 (Brown 6). Total Fouls–Lafayette 18, Bucknell 14. A–3,509 (4,000).

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