Men’s Basketball gets hot from outside in dominant opening victory

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Lianna Garrahan / The Bucknellian

Hugh Straine, Staff Writer

Bison Men’s Basketball cruised to a decisive 113-52 home-opening victory over the Flying Dutchmen of Lebanon Valley College, an NCAA Division III school from Annville, Pa. 

Bucknell found an offensive rhythm quickly and rolled with it for the entire forty minutes.

Coach Nathan Davis rolled with a man defense for the majority of the night. Bucknell swarmed the ball handlers of LVC–switching well, coming off of screens and closing out hard to take away open outside shots.

The Bison played with discipline and made it difficult for the Dutchmen to pump fake and get down the lane.

The Orange and Blue forced 13 LVC turnovers, and added eight blocks and eight steals to the box score. After a previous year where defense struggled, it looked like an all new defensive unit out there on Monday night. Bucknell’s offense was also impressive.

The Orange and Blue started hitting outside shots early, and kept it going for the rest of the game. Bucknell shot 60 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from the three-point range, hitting 21 threes and tying the Soijka Pavilion all-time record for three-pointers in a game. 

Transition offense was what stood out for the Bison the most. It didn’t take long for the Bison defense to wear out LVC, leading to steals and transition points, many being quick pull-up threes off the dribble. 

Josh Adoh ’24 and Elvin Edmonds IV ’25 were the leading scorers last night with 18 points respectively. Adoh also had seven rebounds on 7-13 shooting from the field off the bench, and Edmonds IV logged eight assists and hit six of his seven three point attempts.

Bucknell had four more players score in double digits — Ian Motta ’25, Andre Screen ’24, Xander Rice ’23 and Brady Muller ’26 (11).

Ruot Bijiek ’26 added eight points and three boards in 17 minutes, going 3-5 from the field and 2-3 from 3 off the bench. At six foot three inches, Bijiek is a special talent.

“What clicked for us offensively is that everyone has put a bunch of work into their games,” Bijiek said. “We all have a bunch of confidence in each other to make shots.”

Bucknell takes on Niagara at home this Saturday at 4 p.m. as they look to improve to 2-0.

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