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College Basketball: Bison Stampedes Into NCAAs

  • Colgate's Jordan Swopshire (15) drives on Bucknell's Zach Thomas (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Patriot League men's tournament championship in Lewisburg, Pa., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

  • Colgate's Will Rayman (10) shoots over Bucknell's Stephen Brown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Patriot League men's tournament championship in Lewisburg, Pa., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

  • Colgate's Jordan Burns (1) goes to the basket as Bucknell's Nana Foulland (20) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Patriot League men's tournament championship in Lewisburg, Pa., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

  • Colgate's Jordan Burns (1) drives to the basket as Bucknell's Kimbal Mackenzie (1) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Patriot League men's tournament championship in Lewisburg, Pa., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

  • Boston College's Johncarlos Reyes, top, fights for control of the ball with North Carolina State's Lennard Freeman (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)



Thursday, March 08, 2018

Lewisburg, Pa. — Stephen Brown scored 22 points and reserve Nate Sestina added 16 as Bucknell won its second straight Patriot League Tournament championship with an 83-54 victory over Colgate on Wednesday night.

The top-seeded Bison (25-9) head to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in program history and sixth time as the Patriot League representative. Four of those six titles have come in the last eight years.

The second-seeded Raiders (19-13) lost to Bucknell for the third time this season. Colgate was playing in the league championship game for the first time in 10 years and gunning for its first league championship since 1996.

The Bison finish the year with a 15-1 record at home. They have won 18 of 19 entering the NCAA Tournament.

UMass 69, La Salle 67

Washington — C.J. Anderson scored 21 points and Massachusetts held off La Salle on Wednesday night in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.

No. 13 seed UMass (13-19) will face fifth-seeded George Mason (15-16) in a quarterfinal today.

Pookie Powell’s 3-point play gave La Salle its last lead, 62-61, before UMass pushed ahead to 68-67 with 44 seconds to play. La Salle’s B.J. Johnson blocked Unique McLean’s jumper with 14 seconds remaining, but Powell missed a jumper and a 3-pointer in the final eight seconds.

Boston College 91N.C. State 87

New York — Jerome Robinson made a pull-up jumper with 18 seconds left to break a tie and then forced a turnover on an inbounds play moments later, and Boston College upset North Carolina State in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Robinson scored 26 points and fellow North Carolinian Ky Bowman had 24 for the 12th-seeded Eagles (19-14), who will face No. 4 seed Clemson today in the quarterfinals at Barclays Center. The fifth-seeded Wolfpack (21-11) wiped out a double-digit deficit in the final 10 minutes and tied it five times down the stretch, the last on two free throws by Torin Dorn with 40.7 seconds left to make it 85-all.

Then BC let Robinson, runner-up for ACC player of the year, take over.