Men’s Basketball Falls to First-Place Bucknell
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior point guard Stephen Brown scored a career-high 27 points and made seven 3-pointers to lead visiting Bucknell (14-8, 8-1 PL) over Navy (13-9, 4-5 PL), 87-67, on Wednesday evening at Alumni Hall. Wednesday’s game marked the halfway point of Navy’s 18-game Patriot League conference schedule.
Senior forward Zach Thomas scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Bison, while senior center Nana Foulland scored 14 points with eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
“Bucknell played really well,” said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. “Stephen Brown was really outstanding. Then other guys pitched in too. They have three guys that could be All-Patriot League First-Team players. We can’t give a team 87 points and expect to win. We need to keep the game in the low 70s and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Navy senior guard Bryce Dulin scored a team-high 14 points, while senior guard Shawn Anderson added 13. Junior forward George Kiernan recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds (5 offensive). Kiernan also had a career-best five assists with a pair of steals.
Bucknell used a 21-4 run in the first half to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 28-15 lead. The Bison made 15 of their first 20 shots in the game and took a 20-point lead at 39-19 at the 6:23 mark in the opening half. Brown scored 17 points in the opening 20 minutes with five 3-pointers.
Navy went on a 10-3 late in the in first half to cut the margin to 11 points after a free throw by junior guard Ryan Pearson, but Brown knocked down another 3-pointer to push Bucknell’s halftime lead to 14 points at 47-33.
Bucknell shot 68 percent from the floor in the first half (17-of-25) and were 8-of-13 on 3-pointers (62 percent).
Bucknell led by double-digits for the entire second half and took a 21-point lead (68-47) after yet another 3-pointer by Brown with 8:38 remaining. Anderson then started to get things going for the Mids by scoring eight points in a 13-5 Navy run, but the home team could not cut the deficit to any closer than 13 (73-60) for the rest of the way.
Bucknell shot 56 percent from the field for the game (29-of-52), while Navy shot 42 percent (24-of-57). Bucknell made 50 percent of its 3-pointers (11-of-22), while the Mids made just 25 percent from long range (4-of-16).
Navy point guard Hasan Abdullah had five points with five assists and two steals. Freshman forward Tyler Riemersma scored six points with three rebounds. Senior forward Tom Lacey was limited due to foul trouble and finished with five points, five rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore guard Avi Toomer was a fourth player in double figures for Bucknell with 10 points.
Navy will open the second half of league play at Lehigh (8-12, 3-6 PL) on Saturday at 7:00 PM. Navy defeated Lehigh in Annapolis on Jan 2, 78-66.