TOWSON, Md. – Nana Foulland tallied 22 points and nine rebounds, but the Bucknell men’s basketball team dropped an exhibition game at Towson on Saturday afternoon, 93-86 at SECU Arena. Proceeds from the game will go to the Salvation Army to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes.
Zach Thomas scored 14 points and Nate Sestina had 12 off the bench to add to a productive offensive day for the Bison frontcourt. Justin Gorham and Mike Morsell scored 21 points each for the Tigers, who are the No. 2 preseason pick in the Colonial Athletic Association after winning 20 games last season.
Bucknell led by as many as 10 in the first half and by four (39-35) at intermission, but Towson shot 69.2 percent and outscored the Bison 58-47 in the second half. The Tigers turned 16 offensive rebounds into 19 second-chance points and finished with 50 points in the paint.
Both teams pose with the Salvation Army after the game. Not the result we wanted, but all for a great cause. pic.twitter.com/MAsSV75kg0— Bucknell MBasketball (@Bucknell_MBB) October 28, 2017
After a slow start, the Bison had a terrific six-minute stretch in the first half when they outscored the Tigers 20-4. Sestina and freshman John Meeks hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark the run. Mackenzie added another trey a few minutes later, and by the time Bruce Moore hit a 3-pointer followed by a breakaway dunk, the Bison led 28-18.
Towson crept back in the game primarily from the free-throw line at the end of a foul-filled opening 20 minutes. The Tigers jumped out of the locker room quickly, outscoring the Bison 27-12 over the first 10 minutes of the second stanza.
A 3-point play by Morsell gave them the lead for good at 46-43. Jordan McNeil hit a couple of 3-pointers to help stretch the lead into double figures.
Bucknell got Foulland going midway through the half and rallied within 63-57, but two key exchanges hampered the comeback attempt. After Zane Martin missed two free throws, Gorham skied for the offensive rebound and put it back in while drawing another foul.
A few minutes later Gorham hit a jumper, then Towson stole the inbounds pass, which led to a Travis Ingram layup and a 70-58 lead with 8:03 to play.
Bucknell shot 47.6 percent for the game, including 7-for-20 from 3-point range. Foulland was 7-for-12 from the field and 8-for-10 from the foul line.
Two Bison freshmen played well off the bench. Jimmy Sotos played 22 minutes in the backcourt and had four points and three assists. Meeks hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in six minutes.
Bucknell also did well on the offensive glass, totaling 20 second-chance points from 15 offensive rebounds. Towson finished with a 41-35 rebounding advantage.
The Bison now have two weeks to regroup and prepare for the Nov. 10 season opener at Monmouth.