LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell men's basketball game will play a special exhibition game next Saturday at Towson, with all proceeds from the game going toward hurricane relief efforts. It will be a 1 p.m. tip at SECU Arena.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has spearheaded a series of preseason exhibition games across the country in an effort to support relief efforts after a series of hurricanes have affected Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands over the past three months. Bucknell and Towson received an NCAA waiver to approve the game.
Suggested donation in lieu of admission is $5. Towson Athletics will be partnering with the Towson Student Government Association to collect donations for the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund. The Salvation Army began offering assistance to disaster survivors after a major hurricane hit Galveston, Texas in September 1900. Since then, The Salvation Army has responded to numerous national disasters by providing beverages, meals and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors. The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations.
On the basketball court, this will be another tough test for the Bison, who are already slated to play one of the most demanding non-conference schedules in team history. Towson went 20-13 overall and 11-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association last season, hitting the 20-win mark for the third time in the last four years, and the Tigers bring back 10 players from that squad. Towson was picked second in this year's CAA preseason poll behind College of Charleston, and the Tigers' acclaimed backcourt duo of seniors Mike Morsell and Deshaun Morman were named to the Preseason All-CAA Team.
Likewise, Bucknell returns the nucleus of last year's team that finished 26-9 overall, 15-3 in the Patriot League, and captured conference regular-season and tournament titles. Seniors Nana Foulland, Zach Thomas and Stephen Brown are among five returning starters for the Bison, who were the unanimous pick in the Patriot League preseason poll.
Bucknell and Towson are former league rivals in the East Coast Conference, and the two teams played some memorable games back in the 1980s. During one stretch from 1984-87, the Bison and Tigers met every year in the ECC Tournament, which was hosted by Towson. Bucknell won all four, including an 86-74 verdict in the 1987 ECC final that sent the Bison to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Bucknell leads the series 17-8, with the last meeting coming in 2007.
Bucknell starts its regular season on the road at Monmouth on Nov. 10.