Men's Basketball Suffers Tough Loss at Bucknell

Men's Basketball Suffers Tough Loss at Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Four American players finished with at least eight points, but a lengthy scoring drought and a second half run by Bucknell pushed the Bison to a 72-54 win over the Eagles on Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion.

American falls to 2-12 overall and 0-3 in the Patriot League while Bucknell jumps to 6-8 on the season and 3-0 in league play.

Senior Jesse Reed led the Eagles with 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 39 minutes. Junior Leon Tolksdorf had 10 points off the bench with five rebounds in 27 minutes.

Bucknell finished with four players in double figures, led by 18 points from Nana Foulland. Chris Hass has 16 points with 12 coming from the line. Stephen Brown chimed in 15 points and was perfect shooting 5-for-5 from the field and the line, respectively. Dom Hoffman has 11 points and eight rebounds.

Bucknell shot 47 percent from the field and connected on 27-of-34 from the line for 79 percent. The Bison outrebounded the Eagles, 34-32 and scored 40 points inside the paint.

American made nearly half of the field goals from the outside, as the team executed eight triples. 
Bucknell shot 50 percent in the first half and went into the intermission with a four-point lead, 35-31, after trailing by as many as seven (12-5) after a jumper by Reed. The Bison took a 14-12 lead on a 9-0 run before the Eagles regained the advantage 18-14 on a three by Tolksdorf.

Bucknell regained the edge, 28-26, but another American three by Reed tied the game for the seventh time.  The Bison dominated inside the paint scoring 26 of their 35 points inside the paint. 
American connected on seven long-distance baskets in the frame with Reed knocking down 3-of-5 for 11 points in the half. Tolksdorf added two from beyond the arc as did Delante Jones.  AU shot 42 percent from the field and pulled down 15 rebounds.

Stephen Brown had seven points on 3-of-3 from the field in the opening frame.

Bucknell used a 19-4 run in the second half to take a 55-42 lead with 7:55 left to play in the half.

American returns to Bender Arena on Saturday to host Lehigh on Alumni Day at 2 p.m. The game can be seen regionally on Comcast Mid-Atlantic. The Eagles will conclude their two-game homestand on next Wednesday against Boston University at 7:30 p.m. A limited amount of premium location sideline chairback seats remain for these marquee games. Tickets start at just $7.50 per seat and can be purchased by calling 202-885-TIXX or via AUEagles.com.