Muscala, Bucknell beat George Mason 61-56

Muscala, Bucknell beat George Mason 61-56

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) Mike Muscala finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and hit two late free throws to help Bucknell beat George Mason 61-56 Tuesday night.

Trailing 59-54 with 1:20 left, Bryon Allen's steal and layup cut Bucknell's lead to three. That was the closest George Mason (1-1) would get.

After Patrick Holloway's missed 3-point shot with 10 seconds to go, Muscala grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws to put Bucknell (2-0) up by five and seal the victory.

Muscala's two late free throws broke Bill Courtney's previous school record of 400 career makes, and now gives him 402 for his career. Joe Willman added 10 points for Bucknell (2-0).

Muscala scored the first two baskets of the game helping Bucknell start on a 10-2 run. Bucknell led at halftime 31-27.

Bryson Johnson also scored 16 points for Bucknell.

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Barry Trotz heaps praise on Sidney Crosby in wake of World Cup win

Barry Trotz heaps praise on Sidney Crosby in wake of World Cup win

One of the interesting dynamics of a tournament like the World Cup of Hockey is seeing different players and coaches come together on new teams. Teammates become opponents and opponents become teammates. That was the case for Barry Trotz as he joined the coaching staff of a Canadian team led by captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby is of course the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team that ended the Caps' Presidents' Trophy winning season in the second round. It was the second time the Caps had to watch Crosby hoist the Stanley Cup after losing to him in the playoffs.

But Trotz had nothing but good things to say about Crosby upon his return to Washington after the World Cup.

"There’s a reason that Sidney Crosby is considered the best player on the planet," Trotz said. "He showed that in this tournament, that he was the best player."

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It's hard to argue with that assessment given that Crosby led all players in the tournament with 10 points in just six games. But it was what Crosby did off the ice that impressed Trotz the most.

"My son was in for a day," Trotz said, "Just sitting there playing an iPad and Sid went down and sat with him and played on the iPad for a minute with him and stuff like that. He didn’t have to do that. He just did. I’ve got a lot of respect for guys like that."

While they may have been a part of the same team for the World Cup, however, that doesn't mean Trotz wasn't also scouting Crosby.

As the defending Cup champions, the road to the East likely runs through Pittsburgh. If the Caps hope to finally overcome the playoff hurdle, they will have to beat the Penguins.

So did Trotz learn any secrets on how to beat Crosby?

“I don’t know if it’s secrets," he said. "It’s a real awareness of what he really can do and what you don’t want him to do. So you try to find ways for him to not do what he does."

As the Caps have learned, that's easier said than done.

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Bourn says he's open to Orioles return in 2017

Bourn says he's open to Orioles return in 2017

NEW YORK---Buck Showalter endorsed Michael Bourn’s return on Friday. A day later, Bourn said he appreciated the compliment, and that was before he singled in the first two Orioles runs in the second inning on Saturday. 

Bourn was acquired from Arizona on Aug. 31, and he’s fit in nicely. He said he would consider a return to the Orioles for 2017,

“Of course, but right now I’m not focusing on that,” Bourn said.

 “I’ll keep that in the cards, no doubt. I like the organization, good team to be a part of. We’re in the pennant race right now. By now, that’s my main focus. I’m appreciative that Buck would say that about me. I’m happy for that.” 

Bourn will be 34 next season, but he keeps himself in great shape, and has enthusiasm for the game. Showalter likes that, and said that Bourn is more than a fourth outfielder.

“I like to hit. I feel I still have a lot of baseball left. I just try to keep my body prepared, and be out there and be ready to play,” Bourn said.

“When the time comes around, we’ll definitely talk.”