Bucknell 79, Richmond 65

Cameron Ayers tied his career high with 23 points and Bucknell

shot 70 percent from the field in the second half to rally for a

79-65 win over Richmond on Saturday night.

The Bison (7-4), who will play at No. 1 Syracuse on Tuesday,

trailed 31-27 at halftime before hitting 14 of 20 field goals and

19 of 19 free throws in the second half.

Ayers finished 8 of 9 from the field and 6 of 6 from the line.

Mike Muscala had his fifth double-double of the season with 22

points and 12 rebounds, making 8 of 10 field goals and 6 of 6 foul


The lead changed 13 times before Bucknell pulled ahead for good

at 45-44 with 11:36 to play. The Spiders (6-5) were still within

striking distance, at 62-55 with 4:11 left, before a 5-0 Bison


Darien Brothers led Richmond with 18 points.