Dec. 21, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Kevin Bettencourt scored 17 points and Charles Lee and John Griffin punctuated a decisive first-half run with 3-pointers as Bucknell defeated Saint Joseph's 63-51 on Wednesday night.
Chris McNaughton added 12 points for the Bison (8-1), who are off to their best start since the 1956 season.
Down 13-8 early in the first half, Bucknell went on a 16-0 run capped by the Lee and Griffin 3-pointers. Griffin, standing near Hawks coach Phil Martelli, hit his shot after ducking under a defender to give Bucknell a 24-13 advantage.
Martelli called a timeout and, with arms outstretched, shook his head from side to side as his players came to the bench.
Ahmad Nivins led Saint Joseph's (4-3) with a career-high 17 points, including some inside buckets in the second half that helped the Hawks narrow a 16-point deficit to single digits a couple of times.
Saint Joseph's was frustrated by Bucknell's tough defense for most of the evening, hitting 36 percent for the game on 17-of-47 shooting. Leading scorer Chet Stachitas, who came into the game averaging 18 points, was held to 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting, including 2-of-11 from 3-point range.
Nivins got a putback off a missed basket and then hit two free throws to help the Hawks get within 41-32 with just under 11 minutes left in the contest. A Rob Ferguson basket after two missed free throws by Nivins got the Hawks to 56-47 with less than a minute left.
But Lee and Bettencourt hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win for Bucknell.