Forget that anticipated Bucknell-Marist matchup. Unless Marist loses to Northern Illinois to fall into the consolation game of its own tournament, it's not going to happen. Not after the Bison lost at the hands of one of the lowest ranked teams in the nation this afternoon.
It was supposed to be a gimme, a mere leg-stretcher before Saturday's championship matchup with Marist in the Pepsi Marist Classic. But somebody forgot to tell Central Arkansas' Marcus Pillow. The 5-11 freshman knocked down six three-pointers, the last of which came with 19 seconds to go and gave the Bears a 50-48 win over the Bison. It was Pillow's second trey in the final 1:13. The first gave Central Arkansas a 47-44 lead. The second came after Bucknell's Jason Vegotsky put Bucknell up 48-47 with a four-point play with 46 seconds to play.
John Griffin's three-point try for the win with 3 seconds left was off the mark.
Jason Vegotsky with 10 points the only Bison in double figures. Bucknell shot 6 for 20 from the field (30 percent) in the first half and trailed 25-28 at the break. The Bison shot better in the second half (9 of 18) but could not overcome Pillow's four second half treys.
Central Arkansas came in with just one win over Division 1 competition and an RPI of 325. Box score | AP | Daily Item