American holds on for 52-50 win over Bucknell

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LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP)—Derrick Mercer scored 17 points and broke a late tie with a layup, leading American to a 52-50 victory over Bucknell on Wednesday night.

The teams were tied at 48-all when Mercer scored his final points on a lay-in with 4:31 remaining. Frank Borden hit a pair of free throws with 1:43 left to push the lead to four points.

Bryan Cohen hit a pair of free throws with 1:31 left to pull Bucknell within the final two-point margin, and Darryl Shazier’s 3-point try at the buzzer missed the mark.

Garrison Carr scored 13 points for American (16-7, 8-1 Patriot League), which led by 10 points early in the second half.

Patrick Behan and Cohen finished with 13 point each for Bucknell (5-19, 2-8). Justin Castleberry finished with 12 points.

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