EASTON, Pa. -- Bryson Johnson scored 30 points and Bucknell needed overtime to clinch at least a tie for the Patriot League regular-season championship in a 74-69 victory over Lafayette Wednesday night.
The Bison (19-8, 10-1) led by 11 with 4:35 left in regulation after Mike Muscala's jumper. But Bucknell didn't score again until overtime, as Johnson missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
The Leopards (10-16, 5-6) extended their 14-0 spurt into overtime, briefly claiming a 64-61 lead. But Johnson answered with three free throws to tie it and then Enoch Andoh and Darryl Shazier took over. They combined for eight of the 13 overtime points, and Andoh's jumper gave Bucknell the lead for good 66-64 with 2:51 left in the extra period.
Bucknell needed American to lose to Army, which didn't happen, to claim the Patriot League title.
Jim Mower led Lafayette with 19 points.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.