Purdue falls to Bucknell, 70-65

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.

[ Bucknell 70, Purdue 65: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD ]

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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Kevin Hannon on 11/9/2012 @ 7:56pm EST Said:

I hope that there are some restrictions tonight for the BTN showing the Purdue game. It’s complete BS that you have all your channels empty and you’re not showing the game. Especially since it was listed on the BTN on DirecTV earlier in the week. Your station is getting worse and I will seriously consider dropping it. Please explain.

    BTN.com staff on 11/9/2012 @ 7:57pm EST Said:

    Kevin, thanks for the note. If you want more details after this, feel free to use our Customer Service page. The CS team reads everything and can sometimes answer things with a little more detail. We just run the editorial potion of BTN.com here, but I thought I’d try to answer this.

    The Extra Football Game Channels are only available to the Big Ten Network during the 13 football Saturdays of the season (we don’t control access to them; there is no BTN2 or BTN3, as you’re probably aware). The non-conference basketball season overlaps so frequently with other sporting events that BTN is not provided access to utilize the additional channels. During the conference portion of the Big Ten basketball season, the Big Ten schedules games in such a way where there is no overlap. Consequently, there is no need for Extra Football Game Channels during the conference schedule. If you need it, there’s more about this from a football standpoint on our FAQ.

John on 11/9/2012 @ 8:30pm EST Said:

That’s a pathetic answer. At the very least you should be able to stream this game online.

seth on 11/9/2012 @ 9:49pm EST Said:

yeah but you have to pay for it right? i’m already paying for BTN on cable.

    BTN.com staff on 11/9/2012 @ 9:53pm EST Said:

    Seth, and BTN TV will have a lot of games on TV too. Many of these non-con games are on the Big Ten Digital network. I encourage you to write in to our Customer service team with any more questions. http://btn.com/about/contact-us/