Bucknell 76, Kent St. 60

Mike Muscala tallied 27 points, three assists and two blocks as

Bucknell beat Kent State 76-60 Tuesday night and improved to 8-1

for the first time since 2005-06.

Muscala added six boards while Bryson Johnson and Ryan Frazier

scored 13 points apiece.

Joe Wilman pulled down 10 rebounds to help Bucknell control the

boards, 34-22.

Bucknell led 32-31 at the break and extended their lead to 43-35

behind a Muscala tip-in. Kent State rallied to close the gap to

57-51 after Chris Evans hit a 3-pointer, but Muscala converted a

layup, 3-pointer and a jumper on consecutive possessions to put

Bucknell up for good.

Muscala, who is the only Division I player averaging at least 15

points and 12 rebounds per game, leads Bucknell in most statistical

categories, including scoring (17.8), rebounding (12.1), blocks

(2.0) and assists (2.0) through nine games.

Devareaux Manley led Kent State (5-4) with 15 points.