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Bucknell defeats Army 78-70 in Patriot semifinal

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LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Mike Muscala scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and hit clutch free throws to lead Bucknell to a 78-70 victory over Army Saturday in a Patriot League tournament semifinal.

The Bison (27-5), the regular-season champ, reached its third straight final and will play Lafayette Wednesday night.

Bucknell, which won its sixth straight, led 36-31 at halftime. But Army (16-15) drew within 57-55 behind Kyle Wilson (21 points) and Kevin Ferguson and Larry Toomey (11 apiece). Wilson's layup and a foul shot would give the Black Knights a 61-59 lead.

But the Bison went on a 10-1 run, including a 3-pointer by Bryson Johnson and Muscala's 5 free throws, to lead 69-62. Bucknell hit 9 of 10 foul shots to ice it.

Muscala, the two-time Patriot Player of the Year, surpassed the 2,000 career-point mark. He now has 2,007.

Cameron Ayers scored 19 points for Bucknell and Johnson added 12.

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