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Men’s Basketball faces two disappointing losses

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Heading into the game against Boston University, the Bison had won five of their last seven games, and their two losses were both in overtime. Despite the strong past few games and home-court advantage, the Orange & Blue fell 77-62 this Saturday to the Terriers, bringing their Patriot League record to 7-5.

The first half was relatively slow, with both teams shooting under 40 percent. The Orange and Blue grabbed the first five points of the game and held a 16-10 lead after 12 minutes. They lost that lead though in the next seven minutes when the Terriers put together an 11-2 run. The Terriers secured a 25-24 lead heading into the second half. 

At one point in the second half, the Bison held a 31-30 lead after a layup from Elvin Edmonds IV ’25, who tallied 17 points in the game to go along with five assists. However, the lead was short-lived and the Terriers soon went on a 16-5 run, putting the visitors up 46-36. At 13:50 the Bison were within 3 points at 39-36 thanks to Jack Forrest ’24, who was able to get 18 points on the board throughout the game. 

The Orange & Blue were able to close the 46-36 gap with a 9-5 run, starting with a three-pointer from Quin Berger ’26, putting them within 6 points with 8:23 left in the game. In the next two minutes though, the Terriers continued to pull ahead, cementing a 59-46 lead that became 77-62 by the end. 

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Despite the loss, the Bison were still tied for third in the Patriot League heading into their game against Lehigh on Monday night televised on CBS. 

In terms of scoring, both teams started slow, with the Bison only shooting 33.3% from the field in the first half. Heading into the locker room at halftime, the score was 29-28 Lehigh, but the Mountain Hawks came out strong in the second half, draining three threes in the first 2:50, to put them up 38-28. The Orange & Blue responded with a 6-0 run from Forrest, Edmonds and Pip Ajayi ’25.

The score remained close from there, and the Bison eventually pulled ahead after a layup from Ruot Bijiek ’26 and a corner three from Forrest. 

With the Bison up 52-48 after a jump shot from Edmonds, the Mountain Hawks went on a 5-0 run to put them back up. 

With 2:16 left in the game, Lehigh held a 57-56 lead until they made a free throw to put them up 58-56. Bucknell responded with a three-pointer from Forrest to put them up 59-58 with 25 seconds left. The Mountain Hawks then made a free throw to tie up the game 59-59 heading into overtime. 

With 1:17 left in OT, the Bison came within 3 points, but it wasn’t enough to catch up with Lehigh who pulled ahead for a 71-63 win. 

Despite the disappointing loss, Edmonds set a career-high in a double-double effort with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Forrest secured 16 points, Ajayi added eight points and three blocks and Bijiek posted six points and five rebounds. 

The Bison continue their Patriot League schedule at Colgate next Saturday.

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