Bucknell 68, Xavier 67
CINCINNATI (AP)—Bucknell fought off a late charge from Xavier to take a 68-67 win Wednesday night, the Bison’s third straight and the 300th in the career of coach Pat Flannery.
Jason Vegotsky hit a 3-point jumper from the wing with 1:26 left in the contest to put the Bison (5-5) ahead for good.
A Derrick Brown layup gave Xavier (8-4) its first lead of the game with 2:30 left to play.
Drew Lavender followed Brown’s shot with a pair of free throws with 1:56 remaining to give Xavier its largest lead at 65-62 but John Griffin tied the game nine seconds later.
Lavender gave his team the lead back with a driving layup as he was fouled by Griffin.
His missed a free throw just before Vegotsky’s shot found its mark.
It was the first time the two teams have played.
It also was the 15th home loss for Xavier in the seven-year history of the Cintas Center and the fifth time the Musketeers lost to a non-conference team since the building opened in 2000.
Griffin led the Bison with 16 points. Donald Brown added 12 and Chris McNaughton had 11 points for Bucknell. Both had six rebounds.
Stanley Burrell led all scorers with 21 points for Xavier, and Josh Duncan scored 15 and Derrick Brown had a career-high 13.
The Bison, who have won four of their last five games, shot 54 percent, with a season best 11-of-21 3-pointers, a 52-percent effort. They shot 55 percent in the first half while holding the Musketeers to 33 percent from the floor.
The Bison shook off 10 first half turnovers, jumping on top with a 12-2 run to start the game. They led 33-28 at the half.