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ALUMNI REPORT: D-I basketball

Wednesday’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball schedule included two District 2 graduates in action or serving as head coach.

Here is a recap of how each did:


6-foot sophomore guard from Scranton Prep

Wednesday’s result

Bucknell (13-16 overall, 9-9 Patriot League) defeated visiting American (8-21 overall, 7-11 Patriot League), 69-66.

Individual statistics

Started, played 27 minutes; 2/8 FG, 0/1 on 3-pointers, 8/9 FT, 12 points; 1 offensive, 2 defensive, 3 total rebounds; 1 assist; 3 turnovers.


Bucknell’s Emma Shaffer recorded her 10th career double-double with a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Bison clinched the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. … Bucknell took its first lead since early in the third quarter on a three-point play by Collins with 4:59 to play. The Bison took the lead for good on a Tai Johnson jumper with 2:57 left. … Bucknell shot 51 percent from the field and make 16 of 22 free throws in the win.

Up next

Bucknell, the No. 6 seed, travels to Lehigh, the No. 3 seed, Monday.


Head coach from Abington Heights

Wednesday’s result

Buffalo (11-15 overall, 6-11 MAC) defeated visiting Akron (16-12 overall, 7-10 MAC), 64-50


For the second straight game the University at Buffalo faced a win-or-go-home situation. With the win, the Bulls now control their own destiny as a win on Saturday would punch their ticket to the Mid-American Conference Tournament. … Buffalo opened the game on a 14-3 run and led, 21-10, after the first quarter. … Akron’s 50 points were the second-fewest allowed by the Bulls this season. … ”The fight this team has continued to show this year was put on display 40 minutes tonight.” Burke said in a recap posted on the university’s athletic website. “That was one of our best defensive efforts of the year when we needed it the most.”

Up next

Buffalo hosts Western Michigan Saturday in its regular-season finale.

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