LEWISBURG, Pa. — Zach Thomas scored 20 points and Stephen Brown scored 14 and Bucknell beat Lafayette 74-59 on Saturday night.
Bucknell used an 8-0 run that started with Thomas’ 3-pointer and ended with his layup and the Bison stretched their lead to 30-21 with 7:03 before intermission. Later, Alex Petrie’s 3 and pair of free throws reduced Lafayette’s deficit to three before Thomas ended the half with a pair of free throws and a 39-34 lead.
The Bison (17-8, 11-1 Patriot League) emerged from the break with Thomas, Bruce Moore and Kimbal Mackenzie making 3s on Bucknell’s first three possessions for a 14-point lead. Lafayette got back in it with an 11-0 run as the Bison went five minutes without a score and trailed 48-45. Bucknell went on an 11-0 run as Lafayette went scoreless for almost seven minutes and were up 59-45 and led by double figures the rest of the way.
Nana Foulland added 10 points for Bucknell, which committed just seven turnovers.
Petrie led Lafayette (6-17, 4-8) with 19 points and Paulius Zalys scored 10.