Annihilation: Bucknell Ends the Lafayette Streak With 63 First-Half Points

Lafayette College’s five-game winning streak ended early in Sunday’s road game at Stojka Pavilion. Final score: 118-76. Beyond that, there’s little to say about this “No D” defensive strategy.

Bucknell University ran away with it, putting up a 63-27 halftime lead. That’s a 36-point lead after 20 minutes, meaning the Bison scored 1.8 points per minute more than Lafayette.

The game was over. The second half was just for entertainment.

Lafayette’s five-game streak was against Patriot League teams with losing records, but five in a row for any team coached by Fran O’Hanlon is quite an achievement. Lafayette hadn’t put such a streak together since the 2012-13 season.

In this game that was unfortunately broadcast on the Patriot League network, Lafayette actually put up some reasonable numbers: 44 percent shooting from the floor, 43 percent from beyond the three-point line.

Other numbers show the team’s problems. Lafayette scored two second-chance points, two fast-break points and lost the rebounding “battle” 42 to 24. Lafayette also made just 53 percent of its free throws, 10 of 19, but that is a footnote in a 42-point loss.

Bucknell eased up in the second half, scoring 55 points while allowing Lafayette to put up 49. Hey, everybody got to play!

For Lafayette, Kyle Stout scored 17 points. Nobody else was in double figures. Six Bucknell players were in double figures, led by Andrew Funk with 21.  The Bison shot 64 percent from the floor, 58 percent on three-pointers. They hit 10 of 15 three-pointers in the first half.

Bucknell (18-10, 12-4 in the league) is now No. 1 among Patriot teams, while Lafayette is in the middle at 10-19, 7-9 in the PL with two games left in the regular season. Lafayette has nine Division 1 wins and needs to win one of the last two to get to 10 for the season.

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