Niagara Gazette


November 17, 2012



Niagara Gazette — In the second half, Bucknell shot 64 percent from the floor, made all four of its 3-point attempts, scored 20 points in the paint and had a 23-13 rebounding advantage. Meanwhile, Niagara shot 30 percent, went 2 for 14 from long range and had only three assisted baskets.

"Quite frankly, I thought we got some sticky fingers there," Mihalich said. "I don't think the ball moved as well as it did in the first half."

Paulsen called Niagara the most talented offensive team the Bison have played all year. But Mihalich said one of Paulsen's assistants provided a more thorough analysis.

"One of their assistants said to one of my assistants, 'you guys are good on offense but you don't play any defense,'" Mihalich said. "In this world of sports, you either prove them right or you prove them wrong. And I guess we proved that guy right."

Mike Muscala overcame a slow start to post his strongest line of the season for Bucknell with 18 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks.

"He's a terrific player," Mihalich said. "We've got no one who can guard him. The only guy who can guard him (senior transfer Devin White) is still injured."

The Bisons had five other players in double figures, led by Bryson Johnson who had 15 points.

Antoine Mason led Niagara with 14 poitns. Juan'ya Green had 13 points and five assists and Ameen Tanksley had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Marvin Jordan hit two 3-pointers early but was scoreless after his bucket late in the first half. Mason, Green and Jordan combined to shoot 8 of 35.

Niagara returns to the floor at 4 p.m. Sunday against a New Mexico State team that plays Bucknell at 5:30 p.m. today at the Gallagher Center.

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