Lewisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton)
Bucknell (1-2) used a 23-0 run that spanned both halves to take control in a 66-38 win over visiting Binghamton (1-1) Wednesday night from Sojka Pavilion. The Bearcats, who led by six midway through the first half, went scoreless for nearly 13 minutes and shot just 25% for the game.
Senior forward Greer Wright was the lone bright spot on offense, producing 21 points. Wright shot 7-for-15 from the field but the rest of the team was a dismal 7-for-42 (17%).
"We had good looks but just didn't make the shots," head coach Mark Macon said. "No one besides Greer put the ball in the basket tonight. Bucknell played good team defense and that can cause droughts. But we have to hit those shots. We will turn the page and continue to try to get better."
After being outscored 13-0 to end the first half, BU couldn't shake its shooting woes in the second half and the Bison rattled off 10 straight to open the second frame.
A modest 8-0 BU run and sound defense allowed the Bearcats to pull within seven, 38-31, with 12:02 left. But Bucknell responded with a 10-0 run to restore a comfortable lead.
Wright came out on fire, scoring 14 of BU's first 18 points as the Bearcats built an 18-12 lead with 8:56 left in the first half. But while Wright was hitting, his teammates were misfiring and when he got a breather,
Bucknell began what would be a 13-0 run to end the half. The Bearcats were held scoreless for the final 8:56 of the half and Wright's 4-for-8 effort aside, BU went 2-for-22 from the floor and was saddled with a 25-18 deficit at intermission.