Blue Squad Hangs on For 77-73 Win in 2013 Bucknell Men's Basketball Alumni Game
Feb. 2, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Nearly two dozen former Bucknell men's basketball players returned to Sojka Pavilion for the 2013 Alumni Game on Saturday afternoon and in a very entertaining game, the Blue squad got a combined 58 points from a trio of former teammates and held on for a 77-73 victory. Former Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Stephen Tyree '10, showed he can fill the net too and led all scorers in the game with 23 points.
The Blue team got out to a double digit lead and held that for most of the game until Charles Lee's '06 crowd-pleasing dunk gave the White squad a 46-44 advantage midway through the second half. The White team parlayed the hot long-range shooting of Bucknell Hall of Fame guard Mike Joseph '90 into that comeback, and the score remained within a few points for the remainder of the contest. With the Blue team clinging to a 73-71 lead, Chris Niesz '05 came up with a key steal and Enoch Andoh '12 calmly sank a pair of game-clinching free throws with 14 seconds remaining.
In addition to his 23 points, Tyree led all players with 7 assists. Shazier finished with 22 points and three assists for the Blue team, while Andoh tallied 13 points. Others in the scoring column for the winning team included Pete Griffin '10 with 10 points, Shaun Asbury '00 with 7 points, and Niesz with 2 points. Mark Allsteadt '87 also played for the Blue team but did not score in the contest.
Joseph put on a clinic from downtown, canning seven threes in the contest, including several that were from NBA range. Current Bison assistant coach Lee finished with 17 points and a team-best four assists, followed by classmates Rob Thomas '08 and Darren Mastropaolo '08 with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Jason Vegotsky '09 (5 pts), Jeremiah Bennett '04 (2 pts), Ed Sigl '84 (2 pts) and Doug Allen '88 (1 pt) rounded out the scoring.
Other alumni or former staff in attendance for the weekend who did not play in the game included Hall of Famers Tommy Thompson '60, Pat Flannery '80 and Bob Barry '80, as well as former assistant coach Terry Conrad, Chuck Carroll '68, Steve O'Brien '80, Grant Tormey '89, Matt Fiery '10 and the family of the late John Watson '88.
In addition, the oldest living member of the Bucknell men's basketball program, 95-year-old Joe Diblin '40, was in attendance and was given special recognition during the men's game with Navy Saturday evening.