NCAA Basketball Highlights: Lehigh 82, Bucknell 77

03/07/2012

LEWISBURG, PA – C.J. McCollum and Gabe Knutson combined for 52 points, leading Lehigh (26-7, 11-3) to an 82-77 victory over top-seeded Bucknell (24-9, 12-2) in the Patriot League championship game on Wednesday night.  The Mountain Hawks clinched their fifth all-time berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bison lost on their home court at Sojka Pavilion for just the third time all season, with two of those losses coming at the hands of Lehigh.  The Mountain Hawks captured their second league title in three years, while denying Bucknell back-to-back Patriot League crowns.

The Bison nearly erased a seven-point deficit with 45 seconds left in regulation, but committed consecutive turnovers after cutting the deficit to one.  Mike Muscala scored a game-high 30 points for Bucknell.

John Tautges and Alaa Abdelnaby called the action on the Westwood One Radio Network.

(B.J. Bailey’s three-ball puts Lehigh up, 30-23)

(Joe Willman pulls the Bison within one, 50-49)

(C.J. McCollum hits the tough shot, Lehigh leads 74-67)

(Bryson Johnson hits back-to-back treys to cut it back to one, 78-77)

(A costly turnover helps to seal Bucknell’s fate, as Lehigh escapes with an 82-77 win)

(Postgame interview with Lehigh head coach Brett Reed)

(Postgame recap from John Tautges and Alaa Abdelnaby)

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