What: Colgate (9-17, 7-6 PL) at Bucknell (19-7, 11-2 PL)
Where: Sojka Pavilion, Lewisburg, Pa.
When: Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, 7 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Local Radio: Eagle 107 (107.3 FM WEGH)
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Statistics: BucknellBison.com
Tickets: 570-577-1000 or Buy Online
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Bucknell Probable Starters
G: Stephen Brown (10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.7 apg)
G: Kimbal Mackenzie (11.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.1 apg)
G: Avi Toomer (3.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.8 apg)
F: Zach Thomas (16.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.2 apg)
C: Nana Foulland (14.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.9 bpg)
With a Win over Colgate, Bucknell Would ...
• ... move to 20-7 overall, 12-2 in the Patriot League, and 10-2 at home this season.
• ... win its fifth straight home game.
• ... avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time all year.
• ... reach the 20-win mark for the 13th time in school history and fourth time in the last seven years.
• ... maintain a two-game lead in the Patriot League standings with four to play.
• ... sweep the season series from Colgate.
• ... improve to 262-114 all-time in Patriot League regular-season games.
• Bucknell begins a stretch of five games in 12 days to close out the regular season on Monday night at home against Colgate on CBS Sports Network. The Bison are 11-2 in Patriot League play, with both losses coming to Lehigh. In their most recent outing last Wednesday, the Bison fell 79-71 in Bethlehem.
• Despite the loss, Bucknell still has a 1.5-game lead over Boston University and Navy and can bump it back to a two-game cushion with a victory over the Raiders.
• Prior to the game at Lehigh last Wednesday, Bucknell had tied a school record by winning seven straight games, all by double figures. The last time Bucknell won seven straight games, all by 10 points or more, was in 1992-93, when Charlie Woollum’s Bison accomplished the feat. Bucknell has had three other such seven-game streaks, all coming between 1899 and 1907. The average victory margin in the seven-game streak was 16.6 points.
• Nana Foulland is 72-for-109 (.661) from the field in his last 11 games and 75-for-116 (.647) in the 13 league games. For the season, his 63.2 FG% ranks 11th nationally. As a team, Bucknell ranks 43rd out of 347 Division I teams with a field-goal percentage of 47.6%.
• Foulland on Jan. 18 became the 40th member of the 1,000-point club at Bucknell. Foulland also became the 19th Bison with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, and he is the 21st Bucknell player to score 1,000 points in his third varsity season. In Wednesday’s game at Lehigh, Foulland moved past current assistant coach John Griffin into a tie for 30th place on Bucknell’s all-time scoring list with 1,092 points.
• Kimbal Mackenzie is averaging 14.0 points per game in Patriot League play, the 10th-best mark in the league. He has four 20-point games this season, three of them coming against PL foes Navy (22), American (24) and Army West Point (23). In two of those games, Mackenzie was the catalyst in big comebacks on the road. He had 19 second-half points to help the Bison rally from 11 points down to beat Navy, and he scored 18 after halftime as Bucknell came from seven points down to defeat American. Mackenzie had a season and career-high 25 in a good home win over Richmond.
• Zach Thomas leads the team and ranks No. 3 in the Patriot League in scoring at 16.0 points per game. Thomas, who has been on triple-double watch on a couple of occasions this season, is the only player in the league who ranks in the top 11 in points, rebounds (7th) and assists (11th). Thomas has scored 20 or more points in each of his last three games — the first such streak of his career — including a career-high 27 last Monday in a win over Holy Cross.
• Head coach Nathan Davis is making the most of his deep roster. He has used every healthy player on the roster in each of the 13 Patriot League contests, often using them all in the first half. The last non-injury-related DNP was all the way back in the Princeton game on Dec. 22.
• Bucknell went 8-5 against a tough non-conference schedule, including a 4-1 mark at home. This was Bucknell’s most successful pre-conference slate since 2012-13, when the Bison went 13-3 before the start of Patriot League action.
• 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.
• Colgate comes in at 7-6 in Patriot League play and is very much in the hunt for a top-four seed and a PL Tournament Quarterfinal home game. The Raiders have won two straight, beating both service academies at home last week, and they are 6-3 in their last nine games after a 1-3 start in the league. Freshman Will Rayman leads the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game. He is coming off a 28-point performance in Colgate’s most recent game, a 70-58 win over Army West Point. Sean O’Brien averages 12.5 ppg and is shooting 41.8% from 3-point distance in league play.
• Bucknell head coach Nathan Davis worked as an assistant coach at Colgate for one season (2008-09) under Emmitt Davis.
How to Get the Game
• The Bucknell-Colgate game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. Jason Knapp and Mo Cassara will describe the action.
• The game can be heard in the Susquehanna Valley on the radio on Eagle 107 (107.3 WEGH), with Doug Birdsong on the call. The pregame show begins 30 minutes before tip-off.
• The Bucknell 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. Colgate
• This will be the 108th all-time meeting between Bucknell and Colgate in a series that dates back to 1920. The Bison have a 63-44 series lead. The only other opponents that Bucknell has played at least 100 times are Lehigh (168), Lafayette (162), Gettysburg (126) and Penn State (103).
• As Patriot League rivals, Bucknell has won 42 of the 59 meetings, including 21 of 26 in Lewisburg.
• Bucknell is 11-3 against Colgate at Sojka Pavilion. The Raiders won there in the arena’s inaugural season (2002-03), then Bucknell won 11 in a row before Colgate won in Sojka in each of the last two seasons.
• Bucknell is 14-6 in its last 20 games in Hamilton.
• Bucknell entered the 2014-15 season with a 10-game series winning streak over Colgate, but the Raiders swept the Bison for the first time since 1997-98, and then they repeated the feat last year to run their win streak over Bucknell to four games.
• Last year, Colgate won 84-73 in Lewisburg and 91-81 in Hamilton. The Raiders went 20-for-46 (.435) from 3-point distance in the two games, and forward Tom Rivard had 23 and 24 points in the sweep. Chris Hass was Bucknell’s top scorer in both games with 18 and 17.
• Back on Jan. 14 at Cotterell Court, Bucknell won 83-69 behind a career-high-tying 21 points from Stephen Brown. A 26-2 run bridging the halftime break was the difference. The Bison shot 56.0% for the game — 14-for-25 in each half — and went 9-for-18 from the 3-point arc. Will Rayman led Colgate with 19 points, while Sean O’Brien added 15.
Patriot League Success
• Bucknell is 261-114 (.696) all-time in Patriot League regular-season games, the best record of any league team. The Bison have clinched at least a .500 record in PL play for the 23rd time in 27 Patriot League seasons.
• Bucknell won three straight outright Patriot League regular-season titles from 2011-13, becoming the first team in league history to accomplish that feat. The Bison have now won five of the last six, after claiming titles in 2015 and 2016 as well.
• Bucknell has won 10 Patriot League regular-season titles in 26 years. No other team has more than five.
• Last year Bucknell made its seventh Patriot League Tournament appearance as the No. 1 seed.
• The Bison went 13-1 in the league in 2011 and 12-2 in both 2012 and 2013, making them 37-5 over those three campaigns. Dating back to mid-2010, Bucknell has won 93 of its last 118 league games.
• Bucknell won Patriot League Tournament titles in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2013. The Bison have made it to the semifinals 19 times and to the championship game 10 times in the 26-year history of the league.
• The Bison are the only team to go unbeaten in league play in a season (14-0 in 2006).
• Bucknell’s consistency in league play even predates the Patriot League. Going all the way back to 1975-76, when the Bison played in the East Coast Conference, the team has had only eight seasons with losing conference records out of 42, and never more than two in a row.
Last Time Out
• Bucknell kept overcoming deficits, but Lehigh made the final run and prevailed 79-71 on Wednesday night at Stabler Arena, ending the Bison’s seven-game winning streak. Zach Thomas and Nana Foulland both recorded double-doubles for Bucknell. Austin Price hit a critical 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining and scored 25 points to pace the Mountain Hawks.
• Coming off a career-high 27-point game 48 hours earlier against Holy Cross, Thomas scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Foulland tallied 16 points and matched his career high with 13 rebounds, giving Bucknell two double-doubles in the same game for the first time since a November win over Robert Morris.
• Stephen Brown (15) and Kimbal Mackenzie (10) made it four double-figure scorers for the Bison, who had won each of their last seven games by 10 or more points to equal a school record.
• Tim Kempton logged 24 points and 11 rebounds for Lehigh. It was quite a battle between All-Patriot League centers Foulland and Kempton, who combined for 40 points and 24 rebounds on the night.
• The Bison came from eight points down to grab a one-point lead early in the second half, only to see Lehigh answer Bucknell’s 9-0 run with a 13-0 spurt of its own. Suddenly down 61-49 with 12 minutes left, the Bison battled back again, tying the game at 67 on a Thomas layup with 2:58 to go. After the final media timeout, Lehigh’s Jordan Cohen hit a baseline jumper — his only points of the night and just Lehigh’s second field goal in more than seven minutes — to snap the tie. Bucknell had two possessions to pull back even, but twice missed contested shots in the paint. Then Price canned his fifth 3-pointer of the night, a dagger from the top of the key with 0:39 to play, to make it a five-point game. Lehigh iced it at the foul line, hitting 7 of 8 in the final 31 seconds to complete a regular-season sweep of the Bison for the first time since 2007-08.
• Bucknell withstood some hot and cold spurts throughout the game and finished at 38.8% from the field (7-for-23 from 3-point range). The Bison went 12-for-13 from the foul line and committed a season-low eight turnovers.
• Lehigh shot 44.1% overall, including 9-for-19 from the arc, and the Mountain Hawks went 18-for-20 at the foul line.
Numbers Worth Noting
• Bucknell has allowed 81.0 points per game in its seven losses and 63.4 ppg in its 18 victories.
• Bucknell has posted three of its four biggest comeback victories on the road this season. They overcame deficits of 13 (Navy), 11 (Vanderbilt) and seven (American) to pull out good wins away from home. Bucknell also rallied from eight down to beat Boston University at home.
• Bucknell’s transition defense has been strong thus far. The Bison have given up only 98 fastbreak points through 26 games. They went three straight contests (Vanderbilt, Norfolk State, Northern Colorado) without giving up any fastbreak points. Meanwhile, Bucknell has scored 176 fastbreak points on the season.
• Matt O’Reilly has attempted 131 shots during his career at Bucknell. Of those, 126 have come from beyond the 3-point arc. He is 2-for-5 in his career on 2-point shots, with his first make coming against Richmond earlier this season. O’Reilly ranks 13th nationally in 3-point attempts per minute at 0.32.
• Stephen Brown leads the Bison in +/- with a +242 on the season. Nana Foulland is next at +176, followed by Zach Thomas at +175.
• Bison opponents have shot 50% or better from the field only four times this season, and Bucknell is 0-4 in those games (Wake Forest, Butler, La Salle, Lehigh). The Bison are 18-3 when holding opponents under 50%.
• Bucknell is averaging a solid 1.07 points per possession this season, while opponents are averaging 0.97.
• The Bison have shot 50% or better from the field in nine of their last 12 games.
• Bucknell has a +60 rebound margin in its last 11 games. The Bison are 12-0 this season when outrebounding their opponent.
• Kimbal Mackenzie scored in double figures in two of his first 11 games of the season, but now he has 10 or more in the scoring column in 13 of his last 15.
• Mackenzie is 17-for-32 from 3-point range in his last seven games and 35-for-37 from the foul line in his last 12 games.
• D.J. MacLeay averages 14.8 points and a team-high 15.0 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Brown has 59 assists and 25 turnovers in his last 12 games.
• Bucknell has attempted more free throws than its opponent in 18 of 26 games this season. The Bison are 16-2 in those games.
• Lehigh went 19-for-36 (.528) from 3-point range in the two games against Bucknell this season. In the other 11 Patriot League games, Bucknell’s opponents are 63-for-225 (.280) from the arc.
Who’s Got Next?
• Bucknell will have another quick turnaround after the Colgate game, traveling to Loyola on Wednesday.
• The Bison defeated the Greyhounds 76-63 at Sojka Pavilion on Jan. 18.