Cameron Ayers scored 18 points to help Bucknell pull the upset and beat Purdue 70-65 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams at the 2K Sports Classic. Mike Muscala had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Bryson Johnson added 14 points for the Bison. Donnie Hale scored 15 points and Byrd and Ronnie Johnson each added 12 for the Boilermakers.
HALFTIME: Purdue leads 33-27 over Bucknell at the half thanks to solid production from Donnie Hale, who has eight points on 4-6 shooting. The long-distance game has been bottled up for the Boilermakers, who made 2-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first half, while shooting 54 percent (13-of-24) on two-point shots.
The Bison have been effective inside, making 11-of-20 two-point field goals, but Bucknell has struggled on the perimeter, shooting 1-for-7 from three-point range.
The Bison’s Cameron Ayers already has nine points.
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