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Bison lose on a 3-pointer at the buzzer in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Avi Toomer made two tie-breaking free throws with five seconds remaining in the game, but Connor Nelson answered with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give American a 61-60 victory over Bucknell on Wednesday night at Bender Arena.

John Meeks recorded 14 points and seven rebounds, and Walter Ellis scored 12 points in his first career start. Strong play from Xander Rice (8 points) and Kahliel Spear (6 points) down the stretch helped spark the comeback on a night when the Bison played without starters Andrew Funk (illness) and Bruce Moore (injury).

“I thought our guys came out with determination and showed great fight throughout the night, but we came up one play short in the end,” said Bucknell coach Nathan Davis. “We will go back and analyze what went wrong on the last play of the game, but the thing that stands out is that we have to be much better finishing at the rim. We missed six or seven layups and shot 11-for-31 on twos. We have to improve in that area. The game doesn’t come down to that last shot if we just finished better.”

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