LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Ben Brackney (Lincoln, Ill./Lincoln) picked up his first career Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award on Monday after leading the Bucknell men’s basketball team in scoring in a pair of league victories over Lafayette and Holy Cross.
Brackney poured in a career-high 25 points in Wednesday’s 96-86 triumph at Lafayette. In that game he went 7-for-12 from the field, including six 3-pointers in eight attempts, and he also connected on 5 of 6 free-throw tries to help close out the game in the final minutes. Brackney scored 16 of his points in the second half to help the Bison score their most points ever in a Patriot League road game.
Saturday’s 61-57 victory over Holy Cross was a bit more of a defensive struggle, but Brackney again led the squad with 13 points. He finished 3-for-5 from the field, 2-for-4 from 3-point range and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. In a pivotal stretch late in the first half, Brackney scored eight of Bucknell’s 16 points in a 16-3 run that erased a 13-point deficit. The Bison tied the game on three Brackney free throws in the final second of the half and went on to win a close game that was not decided until the final seconds.
Brackney was 8-for-12 from 3-point range in the two games and is now shooting 47.8 percent from long range this season, the second-best mark in the Patriot League. His 2.1 made threes per game ranks fourth in the conference.
A reserve guard during his first three seasons at Bucknell, Brackney has started 14 of the team’s 15 games in 2013-14. He is averaging 8.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
The Bison are currently on a three-game winning streak and have a record of 8-7 overall, 3-1 in the Patriot League. Bucknell visits Navy on Wednesday night.