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Bucknell 58, Navy 42

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Top-seeded Bucknell led throughout and easily defeated eighth-seeded Navy 58-42 Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament at Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, Pa.

Mike Muscala compiled 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bison, who shot 39 percent from the field (17 of 44) and made just 2 of 14 3-pointers, but were never threatened by a young Midshipmen squad.

No one scored in double figures for the Midshipmen, as they shot just 31 percent from the field (15 of 49) and made just 3 of 13 3-pointers. The Midshipmen were led by Tilman Dunbar's nine points.

Worth Smith, the Midshipmen's leading scorer in the regular season, picked up three fouls in five minutes of first-half action and failed to score while playing just seven minutes overall.

Dunbar scored the Midshipmen's first three points and led them with seven at the half, but the Bison scored the first six points of the game, led 9-3 after the first media timeout and never looked back.

The Bison led 26-16 at halftime.

The Bison, who outrebounded the Midshipmen 36-25, extended the lead with an 8-0 run early in the second half to take a 40-23 lead with just under 13 minutes left.

Navy finishes the season 8-23, while Bucknell (26-5) will host fourth-seed Army (16-14) in the Patriot League tournament semifinals at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
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