What: Mount St. Mary's (1-10) at Bucknell (7-4)
Where: Sojka Pavilion, Lewisburg, Pa.
When: Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, 7 p.m.
Webcast: Patriot League Network
Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 FM WEGH)
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Statistics: BucknellBison.com
Tickets: 570-577-1000 or Buy Online
• COMPLETE GAME NOTES
Bucknell Probable Starters
G: Stephen Brown (9.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.7 apg)
G: Kimbal Mackenzie (8.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.9 apg)
G: Nate Jones (4.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
F: Zach Thomas (16.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
C: Nana Foulland (14.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg)
With a Win over Mount St. Mary’s, Bucknell Would ...
• ... win for the sixth time in the last eight games and improve to 8-4 on the season.
• ... snap a three-game losing streak to the Mountaineers.
• ... improve to 4-0 at home this season.
• ... improve to 144-50 all-time at Sojka Pavilion.
• After dropping a three-point decision at Siena on Saturday, the Bison have a quick turnaround as Mount St. Mary’s comes to Sojka Pavilion Monday night. Bucknell had won five of six games heading into the final exams break, but on Saturday afternoon in Glens Falls, N.Y., a late rally went unrewarded as Siena pulled out a 71-68 victory.
• Bucknell closed the month of November with a four-game winning streak that consisted of victories over Vanderbilt, Norfolk State, Northern Colorado and Richmond. The middle two came in Las Vegas, where the Bison claimed the “Upper Division” title at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The 75-72 victory over Vanderbilt was the team’s first win over a Southeastern Conference team since 2006, when it took down Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the first victory over a “major conference” team since 2013-14, when Bucknell won at Penn State.
• Junior forward Zach Thomas continues to lead the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the Patriot League. Thomas is shooting 48.3 FG%, 39.1 3FG% and 83.9 FT% on the season, and he also ranks second on the team in assists and rebounds from his power forward position. Thomas had 25 points against Manhattan in the season opener, and he just missed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists against Robert Morris. He has scored in double figures in 13 straight games dating back to last season.
• Junior center Nana Foulland has been hot of late and is now averaging 14.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Foulland ranks in the top 13 in the Patriot League in five different statistical categories, including first in blocks (2.1) and field-goal percentage (.636). He also ranks 2nd in rebounding, sixth in scoring and 13th in steals (1.3). Foulland has five double-doubles this season, including each of the last two games.
• The Bison were picked to finish third (behind Lehigh and Boston University) in the Patriot League in a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Foulland was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
• A year ago, the Bison captured the outright Patriot League regular-season title for the fifth time in the last six years before being upset by Holy Cross in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals.
• Bucknell has had to replace three starters and four lettermen from last year’s squad, including leading scorer and First Team All-Patriot League selection Chris Hass (17.2 ppg), who is now playing professionally in the Czech Republic. Also graduated are starting off-guard Ryan Frazier (8.2 ppg), who was a member of the Patriot League All-Defensive Team; starting power forward Dom Hoffman (6.2 ppg), and reserve forward Matt Banas (1.1 ppg).
• The two returning starters are the team’s two junior co-captains: Foulland and Brown. Foulland was a Second Team All-Patriot League pick a year ago after posting 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Brown was a Third Team All-PL selection, recording 9.2 points and 5.3 assists per game.
• Mount St. Mary’s comes in with a 1-10 record, but against a very difficult schedule. The Mount played their first nine game of the season on the road, and they mixed in an overtime win over George Mason among losses against the likes of West Virginia, Iowa State, Minnesota, Michigan and Arkansas. Mount St. Mary’s finally played its home opener on Dec. 7, a 78-70 loss to UMBC, and most recently it fell at home to Lehigh, 90-71. Elijah Long, who was a high school and club teammate of Bucknell’s Kimbal Mackenzie, leads the Mountaineers in scoring at 15.0 points per game.
• Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian served as Bucknell’s manager of basketball operations from 2006-08 under head coach Pat Flannery. Nathan Davis worked with Christian on the same staff.
• Long and Mackenzie are both Ontario natives who were teammates at both John Carroll High School in Baltimore and with the CIA Bounce AAU squad in Canada.
How to Get the Game
• The Bucknell-Mount St. Mary’s game will not be televised, however a free webcast will stream live on the Patriot League Network at PatriotLeague.TV.
• The game can be heard in the Susquehanna Valley on the radio on Eagle 107 (107.3 FM WQKX), with Doug Birdsong calling the action. The pregame show begins 30 minutes before tip-off.
• The audio feed is also available online via BucknellBison.com (personal computers) and the official Bucknell Athletics app (iPhone and Android devices).
• Live stats can be found at BucknellBison.com.
• Follow @Bucknell_MBB for in-game updates on Twitter.
Bucknell vs. Mount St. Mary’s Series Notes
• Bucknell has a 12-11 lead in a series that dates back more than 100 years. After a 12-year hiatus, the teams renewed their series in 2013-14, and Mount St. Mary’s has beaten the Bison each of the last three seasons.
• In what must have been a thriller, Mount St. Mary’s won the initial meeting 18-17 in Emmitsburg on March 8, 1912.
• Last season in Emmitsburg, Mount St. Mary’s overcame a 17-point deficit an defeated Bucknell 81-73 at Knott Arena. The Bison led 44-27 late in the first half, but the Mountaineers wrapped a 14-0 run around the halftime break to get back in it. Kimbal Mackenzie led the Bison with 13 points off the bench, while Nana Foulland added 12 points. Junior Robinson had 19 points and nine assists to lead Mount St. Mary’s.
Bucknell vs. the Northeast Conference
• Bucknell is 48-35 (.578) all-time against the teams that currently comprise the Northeast Conference. The Bison are 17-12 against Saint Francis (Pa.), 12-11 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 8-3 vs. Robert Morris, 5-2 vs. Saint Francis (N.Y.), 5-6 vs. Wagner, 1-0 vs. Bryant and 0-1 vs. Central Connecticut State. Bucknell has never played Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn or Sacred Heart.
• Bucknell defeated Robert Morris 75-62 back on Nov. 16 in its only other game against the NEC this season.
Last Time Out
• Bucknell came from 11 points down to take the lead down the stretch, but a flurry of free throws in the final minute lifted Siena to a 71-68 victory over the Bison on Saturday afternoon at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
• Zach Thomas scored 19 points, Stephen Brown had 16 points, six assists and five steals, and Nana Foulland recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bison.
• Brett Bisping had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Siena, the No. 2 preseason pick in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Saints had five players score in double figures and defeated Bucknell for the third straight year by a combined seven points.
• Siena led 36-29 at halftime and slowly built the margin up to as many as 11 with 9:29 remaining in the second half. It was still a 10-point game at 62-52 after Marquis Wright flipped in a desperation 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 6:16 to go, but the Bison made a major rally. A trey by Kimbal Mackenzie to answer the Wright shot ignited a 12-1 Bison run. But in a 66-66 tie, the Saints were in major scramble mode late in the shot clock. Clareth was well off the mark on a deep fadeaway three from the left wing, but he was bailed out by a foul call. Clareth made all three free throws with 57 seconds left to give the Saints a 69-66 lead. Bucknell missed a 3-pointer at the other end, then fouled Wright with 15 seconds left. Wright missed both free throws, but Bisping somehow reached over a Bison player to tip the ball into the corner and then drew a foul as he was falling out of bounds. Bisping then hit 1 of 2 at the line to make it a two-possession game. The Bison still had life after Thomas hit an apparent 3-pointer with five seconds left, but the call was changed to a two after a replay review, leaving it a 70-68 game. Ogunyemi went to the line with 2.1 ticks left and made the first before missing the second. Thomas’ heave from three-quarters court fell short.
• Coming off an 11-day layoff for final exams, Bucknell shot 36.8% from the field for the game, including a 7-for-25 mark from 3-point distance. The Bison were 19-for-25 from the foul line. Siena shot 47.8% overall, 5-for-12 from the arc and 22-for-34 from the foul line.
• Bucknell received 17 points from its bench, including eight from Matt O’Reilly and four points and a career-high nine rebounds from Nate Sestina.
Numbers Worth Noting
• Bucknell has better shooting percentages in all areas in road games than home games this season. At home, the Bison are shooing 44.8% from the field, 32.3% from 3-point range and 66.7% from the foul line. In true road games, they are 45.9% from the field, 33.3% from the arc and 71.9% from the foul line.
• Bucknell has allowed 83.5 points per game in its three losses and 64.4 ppg in its seven victories.
• The Bison have scored at a fairly consistent rate this season. They have totaled between 73-76 points in eight of their 11 games. The only exceptions are an 84-58 win over Norfolk State, an 86-60 loss to Butler, and Saturday’s 71-68 loss to Siena.
• Through 11 games, Bucknell’s frontcourt (“4” and “5” positions) is shooting 57.6% from the field, while the guards are shooting 36.1%.
• Bucknell’s starting frontcourt of Zach Thomas (16.3 ppg) and Nana Foulland (14.9 ppg) have scored 42.5% of the team’s points on the season.
• Bucknell’s transition defense has been strong thus far. The Bison have given up only 33 fastbreak points through 11 games. They went three straight contests (Vanderbilt, Norfolk State, Northern Colorado) without giving up any fastbreak points.
• Thomas is 37-42 (.881) from the FT line in his last nine games. He has scored in double figures in 13 straight games dating back to last season.
• Matt O’Reilly has attempted 85 shots during his career at Bucknell. Of those, 81 have come from beyond the 3-point arc. He is 2-for-4 in his career on 2-point shots, with his first make coming against Richmond earlier this season. O’Reilly had attempted seven or more 3-pointers five straight games before going 2-for-4 at Siena on Saturday.
• Stephen Brown has 31 assists in his last five games after totaling 21 in his first six.
• Bison opponents have shot 50% or better from the field three times this season, and Bucknell is 0-3 in those games (Wake Forest, Butler, La Salle).
Who’s Got Next?
• Bucknell wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2016-17 schedule with a home game against Princeton on Thursday night. The game will be televised locally on WQMY-TV and will stream on the Patriot League Network.
• Princeton is 4-5 on the season heading into a Tuesday game at Monmouth.