Bucknell Bison: Northeastern Scores Early and Often, Beats Bison 96-78
LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania — On Wednesday Bucknell (2-2) tried to get over the .500 mark by defeating Northeastern(2-4). That possibility quickly soured as the Huskies attacked the Bison from the opening tip.
Northeastern led 25-6 with 13:47 to go in the first half. The Huskies nailed five 3-pointers during that run.
Bucknell would later show some life as they connected from 3-point land six times.
The halftime score was 56-37 in favor of Northeastern.
The second half was a more competitive one for both teams, but Bucknell couldn’t stop the Huskies from continuing to drill holes in the scoreboard.
Timely passes and hitting open looks propelled Northeastern.
Donnell Gresham, Jr. had nine points including two 3-pointers in the second half for the Huskies.
Bucknell shot 49.1 percent from the field as Bruce Moore had 16 points. Kimbal Mackenzie recorded 13 points, including two from downtown.
Paul Newman tallied 11 points and Walter Ellis grabbed three 3-pointers for the Bison.
However, Northeastern made sure to kick the door down and make noise at Sojka Pavilion.
The Huskies shot 58.1 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bison, 35-22.
Sophomore Tomas Murphy was lethal as he led the Huskies with 21 points and 12 boards.
Northeastern had five players with double-digit points in the contest. There were three players with three 3-pointers on the night.
The energy was fading from the crowd on hand as the Huskies always had an answer for Bucknell.
The Bison had a total of 16 assists. Gresham had 11 all by himself for Northeastern.
The Bison kept fighting throughout the game, but couldn’t trim enough fat from the scoreboard.
Northeastern moved the ball well and found themselves in the right place at the right time.
The Huskies will host Eastern Michigan on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Bucknell will go head-to-head with Monmouth on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sojka Pavilion.
Monmouth has started out on the wrong foot this season, going 0-8.