Boxscore
Bucknell 65, Arizona 54
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona
Officials - Dan Chrisman, Wilson Holland, Shawn Lehigh
Attendance - 8433

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Bucknell 32 33 65
Arizona 26 28 54

Recap


Bucknell 65, Arizona 54: Mike Muscala had a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Bison upset No. 1 seed Arizona in the first round of the NIT.

Bryson Johnson finished with 14 points, Cameron Ayers had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Willman added 10 points for Bucknell (25-9), which will take on No. 5 seed Nevada in the second round.

Arizona trailed 32-26 at the half and fell behind by as many as 10 midway through the second. But the Wildcats, who fell to 0-4 all-time in the NIT, pulled within 56-54 on Jesse Perry’s free throw with 2:59 left.

Bucknell, however, responded with a pair of Bryan Cohen free throws to stretch the lead to four, and Johnson sealed the victory with a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left.

The Wildcats (23-12) missed four shots and committed a turnover on their final five possessions and didn’t make a field goal over the game’s final 5:54.

Solomon Hill had a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona, which missed the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last three years. Perry added 14 on 5-of-8 shooting.

Bucknell went 18 for 22 from the free throw line and converted 7 of 15 3-point attempts.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Arizona opened the second half with a 10-0 run to regain the lead, but went scoreless for more than five minutes midway through the second half. … Bucknell reached the 25-win mark for the third time in program history. … The Wildcats fell to 14-4 at home this season. … The Bison, who picked up their first win against a major-conference opponent this season, held a 34-28 advantage in rebounds. 

Bucknell Bison

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Ryan Hill 15:00 0-1 0-1 0-2 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 0 0
Cameron Ayers 34:00 3-10 2-5 4-4 0 10 10 2 1 2 1 0 12
Joe Willman 39:00 5-12 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 2 2 0 10
Mike Muscala 33:00 6-12 0-0 8-9 5 4 9 3 5 0 2 4 20
Bryan Cohen 26:00 2-3 1-1 4-5 2 3 5 3 2 0 4 0 9
Brian Fitzpatrick 6:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
Bryson Johnson 30:00 4-8 4-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 14
Steven Kaspar 17:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 20-49 7-15 18-22 9 25 34 13 19 4 13 4 65
  40.8% 46.7% 81.8% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 13

Arizona Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Kyle Fogg 37:00 2-5 1-1 0-1 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 0 5
Nick Johnson 33:00 1-7 1-6 4-4 0 3 3 4 2 1 3 1 7
Solomon Hill 38:00 5-13 3-6 4-4 1 9 10 4 3 2 3 0 17
Jordin Mayes 18:00 2-5 0-1 2-3 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 0 6
Jesse Perry 30:00 5-8 1-1 3-4 0 4 4 1 4 0 2 0 14
Brendon Lavender 22:00 0-5 0-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 1 0
Angelo Chol 22:00 2-5 0-0 1-2 3 2 5 0 1 0 1 1 5
Alex Jacobson 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Wiepking 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dondre Wise 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 17-48 6-20 14-18 6 22 28 13 17 4 12 3 54
  35.4% 30.0% 77.8% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 12
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