LEWISBURG, Pa. Jason Vegotsky and Donald Brown each scored 12 points to lead four Bison players in double figures as Bucknell defeated Army, 74-49, in a Patriot League men’s basketball game Saturday evening in front of 4,110 spectators at Sojka Pavilion.
Bucknell took control of the contest from the opening tip, outscoring Army, 26-6, out of the gates. With Bucknell leading Army 6-4 in the early going, the Bison reeled off 12 unanswered points to increase their lead to 18-4.
After a Matt Bell jumper drew Army to within 12 points at 18-6, Bucknell outscored the Black Knights, 15-3, over the next several minutes to establish a 33-9 lead. Abe Badmus fueled the burst, connecting on a pair of three-pointers during the stretch.
Following a three-pointer by Bell, Bucknell reeled off a 10-3 scoring spurt to end the half to open up its largest lead of the contest, 43-15, at halftime.
Badmus led Bucknell with nine points in the first half, while Donald Brown and Chris McNaughton each tallied eight points in the opening stanza. The Bison shot a blistering 65.2 percent from the field in the first half, including 7-of-10 from three-point range.
Army was paced in the first half by Bell, who scored five points in the opening 20 minutes. The Black Knights connected on just 26.1 percent of their field goal attempts.
After Bucknell increased its lead to 32 points at 47-15 early in the second half, Army responded with a 12-4 run to pull to within 51-27. Doug Williams began the surge with a one-handed slam dunk, while Jarell Brown added eight points during the run.
An 18-6 Bucknell run gave the Bison their largest lead of the game at 69-33 with 4:15 remaining in the second half, and Army never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Brown led Army with 14 points, while Bell chipped in 11 points.
Army will return to Christl Arena next Saturday, Feb. 3, when the Black Knights kick off the second half of the Patriot League schedule with a game versus Colgate. The contest is slated to tip off at 1 p.m.