Bucknell 63, Boston U. 57

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Chris McNaughton scored 20 points to
lead Bucknell to a 63-57 victory over Boston University in the
first round of the Cable Car Classic on Wednesday night.

Charles Lee scored six of his 15 points in the final 2 minutes
as Bucknell (9-1), off to its best start in 49 years, won its
fourth straight game. The Bison also started the season 9-1 in
1956-57 and hasn't won 10 of its first 11 games since the 1926-27

Corey Hassan scored 16 points for the Terriers (4-7), who lost
for just the second time in six games after an 0-5 start.

McNaughton has reached double figures in scoring in all 10 games
and has made 26 of 31 shots over his last four games.

Bucknell will meet Santa Clara, a 63-61 winner over UC Riverside
in the other first-round game, in Thursday's championship. The
Bison are looking for their first in-season tournament title since
the 1999-2000 season and their fifth overall since 1956. BU will
play UC Riverside in a third-place game.

Bucknell took a 42-32 lead midway through the second half but
the Terriers hung around and kept it interesting.

Ben Coblyn's layin brought Boston within 55-53 with 2:20
remaining to play but Lee responded with a pair of free throws at
1:54 and a layup 1 minute later to put the Bison up by six. He
added a pair of free throws with 38 seconds left.

McNaughton's slam in the final minute gave Bucknell a 26-23
halftime advantage.