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.
Just over a month after the NBA and its player association agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, the paperwork has been signed. It is official that there will be labor peace in basketball for years to come.
The agreement is for seven years and will continue through the 2023-24 season. The deal can be opted out of after the sixth year.
Featured in the new CBA are considerable increases in player salaries, from maximum contracts to veteran minimum deals. Maximum salaries for players with at least 10 years of service re-signing with their current team can earn up to $36 million per year, or about $210 million over the course of a five-year contract. For those with between seven and nine years of service, the maximum salary is expected to be around $31 million.
Also noteworthy in the new agreement is the creation of two-way contracts for the NBA Development League. There will be a healthcare program for former players, better benefits for current players and a shorter preseason.
The one-and-done rule prohibiting players from jumping from high school to the NBA will remain in place.
The details are important, of course, but the best news is that there will not be a lockout.
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The Capitals will look to start a new win streak Thursday as they face the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m., CSN). Here are three bold predictions for the game:
1. Alex Ovechkin will get more points than Vladimir Tarasenko
Tarasenko has been the more consistent player this year with 45 points. That's the sixth most in the NHL, just five points shy of Sidney Crosby and nine points behind Connor McDavid. Right now, however, Ovechkin is hotter and so is his team. I will go with the hot hand and say Ovechkin will outduel his fellow countryman.
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2. St. Louis' goaltending will have a save percentage under .900 for the game
The Blues' goaltending has been atrocious this season. Jake Allen was expected to be the top guy, but he has managed only a .900 save percentage. That's still better than Carter Hutton's .898 save percentage. The Caps are 12th in the NHL this season in shots per game. An average volume of shots from one of the hottest offenses in the NHL against weak goaltending? That's not going to help the ol' save percentage much. I don't think the Caps are going to score seven like they did on Monday against Pittsburgh, but they'll get enough.
3. Washington will get at least two fewer power plays than the Blues
You know who hates being told how to do their job? Everyone. Yes, the refs blew it on Monday against Pittsburgh, but all the talk afterward has been about missed calls. Don't get me wrong, the referees won't come into Thursday's game with an agenda, but they're only human. They've heard all the talk about how the Caps were wronged by their striped brethren so they won't have much sympathy for the Ovechkin and Co. when they think another call was missed.
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