Lehigh beats Bucknell 82-77 to win Patriot League

March 7, 2012 6:43:48 PM PST
Gabe Knutson blocked Cameron Ayers' baseline layup attempt with 7 seconds left and C.J. McCollum scored 29 points to help Lehigh hold off Bucknell 82-77 on Wednesday night to win the Patriot League tournament.

After Mackey McKnight missed two foul shots, the Bison trailed 78-77 and had a chance to take the lead, but couldn't get the ball into leading scorer Mike Muscala.

McCollum and Jordan Hamilton each hit two foul shots in the final 4 seconds, and Lehigh (26-7) began celebrating after clinching its second trip to the NCAA tournament in three seasons.

This one will be especially sweet for Lehigh after beating Bucknell (24-9) on its home floor. Lehigh rarely flinched behind league player of the year McCollum, who hit an array of tough shots to help withstand Bucknell's second-half rally from an 11-point deficit.

Muscala finished with 30 points for Bucknell.