Second-half runs spur Bucknell past Loyola Maryland

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University led by just one at halftime, 42-41, but the Bison used a pair of scoring runs in the first 10 minutes of the second half to go on to a 98-83 Patriot League victory on Saturday night at Sojka Pavilion.

A KaVaughn Scott offensive rebound and putback 1:40 into the second half put Loyola in front by a pair, 47-45, but Bucknell’s Bruce Moore scored 14 seconds later and tied the game, sparking a 15-1 Bison run that would see Bucknell take a 60-48 lead with 14:42 left in regulation on a Walter Ellis three.

Loyola scored eight of the next nine with six Kostecka points among the run to get the deficit to 61-56 less than two minutes later. Bucknell, however, came back with an 11-1 run to lead 72-57 on a Paul Newman layup at 9:56. The Bison would have a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Loyola led for much of the first half, going up by as many as seven, 27-20, on a Jaylin Andres three with 8:50 to go before the break.

The Bison came back to lead by a point at the break in a first half that saw each team pick up 14 fouls and combine to shoot 39 total free throws.

Isaiah Hart and Andrew Kostecka each scored 18 points to lead the Greyhounds as two of four Loyola players in double-figures. KaVaughn Scott and Golden Dike each had 13, while Andrews finished with seven to go with team-highs of seven rebounds and five assists.

Andrew Funk paced Bucknell with a game-high 22 points.

Overall, the game ended with the teams combining for 78 total free throws. Loyola took 46, tied for the sixth-most in school history.

Loyola remains on the road for its next game, a Wednesday, January 29, game at Boston University.

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