Playing without speedy point guard D.J. Irving, Boston University thought they might struggle to keep up with Bucknell’s guards, it turns out the Bison’s forwards were the guys they should have been worried about.
Junior forwards Joe Willman and Mike Muscala combined for 27 points and eight rebounds for Bucknell as the Bison hold a 46-29 lead at the break. Willman has 17 points already and Muscala, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Year, is well on his way to a double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Terrier forward Dom Morris leads the team with eight points and fellow sophomore Travis Robinson added six points on two early 3-pointers. Despite shooting 54 percent from the field in the half, the Terriers trail by 17 because of a weak showing on the boards and on defense.
The Bison knocked down 64 percent of their shots from the field in the first half and out-rebounded the Terriers 18-5. While the Terriers failed to grab one offensive rebound, Bucknell pulled down six in the first half and turned them in to 10 second chance points.
Irving was ruled out of the gam after he suffered a concussion in last Tuesday’s game against Villanova. He practiced with the team Wednesday after sitting out for a week but still showed symptoms.