Men's Basketball Falls to Bucknell
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Kevin Bettencourt scored 16 points and Chris McNaughton added 12 points to lead Bucknell to a 57-52 victory over DePaul on Saturday.
Bucknell is 5-0 for the first time since the 1983-84 season and only the third time since 1936. The Blue Demons dropped to 2-3 overall.
“I thought our kids did a good job for the most part on the defensive end today but we just didn’t get it done with our offense,” DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright said. “You have to give Bucknell a lot of credit, they are a battle tested, experienced team and that showed down the stretch today.”
McNaughton had a basket with 21.4 left and Bettencourt made two free throws to put Bucknell up 57-52 with 11.5 seconds left.
DePaul got within 41-40 on Sammy Mejia's two free throws, but Bucknell came back with a three from Bettencourt and a layup by Charles Lee to extend their lead to 46-40 with 8:22 left in the game.
Abe Badmus scored nine and Lee finished with eight points for Bucknell.
Trailing 4-0 early, Bucknell went on a 12-2 run. Bettencourt and John Griffin hit back-to-back 3's for the Bison to take a 12-6 lead. Bucknell led 32-25 at the half and shot 57 percent from the field.
Mejia scored 11 points for DePaul in the first half and finished with 20. He was the only Blue Demon in double figures. Senior Marlon Brumfield was injured with just under one minute to play in the game. There was no word on his status from Wainwright in the post game press conference.
The Blue Demons will be in action again on Tuesday when they wrap up the three-game homestand by hosting former Conference