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Down most of the game, Bucknell put together a late run to get back in the game against LaSalle, then won it with free throws and defense down the stretch.
Things didn't look good in Lewisburg during the first half Monday night, with LaSalle raining threes to build a lead of as many as 16-points before settling for a 39-27 advantage at the intermission.
The Explorers only shoty 42.4 percent from the field in the half, but 9 of their 14 buckets came from behind the arc. Toss in 10 offensive rebounds and 7 Bucknell turnovers and it adds up to a double digit deficit despite Bucknell going 50 percent from the field in the first half.
The Bison made several small runs early in the second half, but could not get over the hump until late. LaSalle's lead was still at 9 when Ruben Guillandeaux made his third trey with 5:23 to play. But that was the last field goal LaSalle would score.
A Stephen Tyree tip and back-to-back threes by John Griffin and Juctin Castleberry made it a one-point game with 3:20 left. A pair of free throws by Yves Mekongo Mbala pushed LaSalle's lead back to 66-63, with 2:15 to play. That was the last time LaSalle scored.
A Todd O'Brien tip made it a one-point game with 43 seconds left, and after a defensive stop, Griffin put the Bison ahead with what proved to be a pair of game-winning free throws with nine seconds remaining. LaSalle had a chance to pull it out, but Guillandeaux's layup with 2 seconds left was off the mark and Castleberry gathered in the rebound.
Griffin led Bucknell with 21 points. Patrick Behan and Catleberry each added 18. Freshman center O'Brien continued his streak of multi-bloick games with three rejections.
The Bison were 16 for 25 from the field in the second half (55.2 percent) to finish the game at 53.1 percent (26-49, 5 of 13 threes). Bucknell held LaSalle to 7 for 25 shooting after the break (28 percent). Five of those seven made shots were threes (5-15). For the game, LaSalle finished 21 of 58 (36.2 percent), 14 for 29 from the arc.
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