Bucknell 55, American U. 50

Mike Muscala scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help

Bucknell pull away late in a 55-50 victory over American University

on Thursday night.

The double-double was Muscala’s fourth straight against the

Eagles as the Bison (21-8, 11-2 Patriot League) extended their

winning streak over American (18-10, 9-4) to six games.

Bryson Johnson added 11 points for Bucknell, which snapped a

two-game skid and edged closer to securing the regular-season

conference title.

Lehigh, a game behind the Bison, visits Army to close the

regular season, while Bucknell hosts Navy on Saturday.

Daniel Munoz scored 15 points for American, which fell to third

place in the conference race when a win would’ve pulled the Eagles

into a three-way tie for first.

Troy Brewer added 13 points for the Eagles, but leading scorer

Charles Hinkle, who came in averaging 19.1 points per game, had a

season-low three.