Bucknell rallies over Towson

January 21, 1992|By Special to The Sun

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Mike Bright scored 22 points and created a 7-0 spurt that broke a tie at 60 and sent a hot-shooting Bucknell to an 85-72 victory over Towson State at Davis Gym last night.

The Bison was down 45-31 with 16 minutes remaining before using a barrage of three-point baskets to get back into the game. Senior guard Bill Courtnery hit three, and the team went on to make five in a row within a four-minute stretch.

From the tie at 60 with eight minutes, 34 seconds to go, Bright, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, scored seven straight points, including a three-pointer. He finished 7-for-11 from the field (including his 1,000th career point) and added 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Bucknell dominated the last 16 minutes at both ends of the floor, thwarting Towson State with a zone defense, and hitting 15 of 24 shots from the field.

"We didn't do a good job of recognizing the conditions. We were too worried about our offense," Towson State coach Terry Truax said. "I was disappointed with our second-half defense, and they were in the [foul shooting] bonus with 15 minutes to go. I like us to play hard, but I want us to play smart."

Bucknell captains Courtney and Patrick King each contributed 21 points. Towson State had won both meetings a year ago when both schools were in the East Coast Conference.

Senior guard Terrance Jacobs led Towson State with 19 points, marking the first time in six games he failed to score at least 20.

TOWSON STATE (4-11) -- Lightening 3-12 0-1 6, James 3-10 0-0 6, Alexander 5-16 2-2 14, Jacobs 7-18 5-6 19, Valentine 4-4 0-0 8, L. Brown 5-5 1-2 11. Totals: 30-69 10-13 72.

BUCKNELL (9-5) -- King 5-9 11-13 21, Bright 7-11 6-7 22, Olkowski 1-6 4-6 6, Simpson 5-9 2-3 13, Courtney 7-13 3-6 21, R. Brown 0-12 2-2 2. Totals: 25-49 28-35 85.

Halftime--Towson State 35-27. 3-point goals--TS 2-7 (Alexander 2-4, Jacobs 0-2, Lightening 0-1); BU 7-15 (Courtney 4-8, Bright 2-4, Simpson 1-1, Olkowski 0-2). Rebounds--TS 35 (Jacobs 11); BU 35 (Olkowski 11). Assists--TS 12 (Jacobs 4); BU 15 (Bright 5, Simpson 5). Total fouls--TS 25; BU 13. Fouled out--Campbell.

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