2018–19 Bucknell Bison men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Bucknell Bison men's basketball team represented Bucknell University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bison, led by fourth-year head coach Nathan Davis, played their home games at Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania as members of the Patriot League. They finished the season 21–12, 13–5 to earn a share of the regular season Patriot League championship. As the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, they defeated Holy Cross and Lehigh before losing to Colgate in the championship game.[1] They were not selected for postseason play.

2018–19 Bucknell Bison men's basketball
Patriot League regular season co-champion
ConferencePatriot League
2018–19 record21–12 (13–5 Patriot)
Head coachNathan Davis (4th season)
Assistant coaches
  • Paul Harrison
  • John Griffin
  • Joe Meehan
Home arenaSojka Pavilion
2018–19 Patriot League men's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
Colgate135 .722  2411  .686
Bucknell135 .722  2112  .636
Lehigh126 .667  2011  .645
American99 .500  1515  .500
Navy810 .444  1219  .387
Army810 .444  1319  .406
Lafayette711 .389  1020  .333
Boston University711 .389  1518  .455
Loyola (MD)711 .389  1121  .344
Holy Cross612 .333  1617  .485
2019 Patriot League Tournament winner

Previous season

The Bison finished the 2017–18 season 25–10, 16–2 in Patriot League to win the Patriot League regular season championship. They defeated Loyola (MD), Boston University, and Colgate to win the Patriot League Tournament championship. As a result, they received the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the First Round to Michigan State.

Offseason

Departures

NameNumberPos.HeightWeightYearHometownReason for departure
Stephen Brown2G5'11"160SeniorManassas, VAGraduated
Nana Foulland20C6'10"235SeniorReading, PAGraduated
Zach Thomas23F6'7"195SeniorIjamsville, MDGraduated

2018 recruiting class

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Walter Ellis
#72 SG
South Bend, IN Brewster Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 8, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN grade: 72
Andrew Funk
SG
Warminster, PA Archbishop Wood High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Sep 4, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports:    ESPN grade: NR
Kahliel Spear
SF
The Colony, TX The Colony High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) N/A Apr 9, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.

    2019 recruiting class

    Roster

    2018–19 Bucknell Bison men's basketball team
    PlayersCoaches
    Pos.#NameHeightWeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
    C 0 Paul Newman 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)234 lb (106 kg) SrSt. Andrews School Philadelphia, PA
    G 1 Kimbal Mackenzie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)160 lb (73 kg) SrJohn Carroll Oakville, ON
    F 2 Walter Ellis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)187 lb (85 kg) FrBrewster Academy Granger, IN
    G 3 Jimmy Sotos 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)192 lb (87 kg) SoConant Elk Grove Village, IL
    F/C 4 Nate Sestina 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)245 lb (111 kg) SrCameron County Emporium, PA
    G 5 Jordan Sechan (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)170 lb (77 kg) SoNorthfield Mount Hermon New Canaan, CT
    G 10 Andrew Funk 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)180 lb (82 kg) FrArchbishop Wood Warrington, PA
    G 11 Avi Toomer 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)192 lb (87 kg) JrGrady Atlanta, GA
    F 12 John Meeks 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)225 lb (102 kg) SoThe Burlington School Burlington, NC
    F 13 Bruce Moore 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)223 lb (101 kg) JrMcDonogh Randallstown, MD
    G 14 Ben Robinson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)200 lb (91 kg) JrHigh Point Christian High Point, NC
    G 15 Nate Jones 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)209 lb (95 kg) SrRadford Radford, VA
    G 22 Matt O'Reilly 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg) SrProlific Prep Academy Moraga, CA
    F 23 Kahliel Spear 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)180 lb (82 kg) FrThe Colony The Colony, TX
    Head coach
    Assistant coach(es)

    Legend
    • (C) Team captain
    • (S) Suspended
    • (I) Ineligible
    • (W) Walk-on

    Roster

    Schedule and results

    Date
    time, TV
    Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
    city, state
    Non-conference regular season
    Nov 7, 2018*
    7:00 pm
    at St. Bonaventure W 88–85 OT 1–0
    Reilly Center (4,668)
    Olean, NY
    Nov 10, 2018*
    7:00 pm
    Fairfield L 58–60  1–1
    Sojka Pavilion (3,183)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Nov 13, 2018*
    7:00 pm, WQMY
    Canisius L 73–82  1–2
    Sojka Pavilion (2,237)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Nov 25, 2018*
    2:00 pm
    at Vermont W 69–61  2–2
    Patrick Gym (2,446)
    Burlington, VT
    Nov 28, 2018*
    7:00 pm
    Northeastern L 78–96  2–3
    Sojka Pavilion (2,121)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Dec 1, 2018*
    7:00 pm, Stadium
    Monmouth W 65–43  3–3
    Sojka Pavilion (2,579)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Dec 4, 2018*
    7:00 pm
    at La Salle W 92–79  4–3
    Tom Gola Arena (1,321)
    Philadelphia, PA
    Dec 15, 2018*
    12:00 pm, BTN
    at No. 15 Ohio State L 71–73  4–4
    Value City Arena (14,241)
    Columbus, OH
    Dec 19, 2018*
    10:00 pm
    at Saint Mary's L 56–85  4–5
    McKeon Pavilion (2,622)
    Moraga, CA
    Dec 22, 2018*
    10:00 pm, ESPN3
    vs. Rhode Island
    Diamond Head Classic quarterfinals
    W 84–82  5–5
    Stan Sheriff Center 
    Honolulu, HI
    Dec 23, 2018*
    10:00 pm, ESPN2
    vs. TCU
    Diamond Head Classic semifinals
    L 65–82  5–6
    Stan Sheriff Center 
    Honolulu, HI
    Dec 25, 2018*
    6:30 pm, ESPNU
    vs. UNLV
    Diamond Head Classic 3rd place game
    W 97–72  6-6
    Stan Sheriff Center 
    Honolulu, HI
    Patriot League regular season
    Jan 2, 2019
    7:00 pm, Stadium
    at Army W 64–63  7–6
    (1–0)
    Christl Arena (958)
    West Point, NY
    Jan 5, 2019
    1:00 pm, Stadium
    at Boston University L 80–87  7–7
    (1–1)
    Case Gym (841)
    Boston, MA
    Jan 9, 2019
    7:00 pm
    Colgate W 84–81  8–7
    (2–1)
    Sojka Pavilion (2,788)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Jan 12, 2019
    12:00 pm
    American W 55–54  9–7
    (3–1)
    Sojka Pavilion (3,092)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Jan 14, 2019
    7:00 pm, CBSSN
    Holy Cross W 93–78  10–7
    (4–1)
    Sojka Pavilion (2,514)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Jan 19, 2019
    12:00 pm
    at Lehigh W 85–83  11–7
    (5–1)
    Stabler Arena (1,558)
    Bethlehem, PA
    Jan 23, 2019
    7:00 pm
    Loyola (MD) W 71–68  12–7
    (6–1)
    Sojka Pavilion (2,243)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Jan 26, 2019
    4:00 pm
    at American L 68–76  12–8
    (6–2)
    Bender Arena (1,172)
    Washington, D.C.
    Jan 30, 2019
    7:00 pm
    Navy W 69–57  13–8
    (7–2)
    Sojka Pavilion (2,154)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Feb 2, 2019
    2:00 pm
    at Lafayette W 94–66  14–8
    (8–2)
    Kirby Sports Center (1,487)
    Easton, PA
    Feb 6, 2019
    7:00 pm
    at Loyola (MD) W 84–72  15–8
    (9–2)
    Reitz Arena (730)
    Baltimore, MD
    Feb 9, 2019
    12:00 pm, WQMY
    Boston University W 82–76  16–8
    (10–2)
    Sojka Pavilion (3,052)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Feb 11, 2019
    7:00 pm, CBSSN
    Lehigh W 87–75  17–8
    (11–2)
    Sojka Pavilion (2,793)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Feb 16, 2019
    7:00 pm
    at Holy Cross L 71–72  17–9
    (11–3)
    Hart Center (1,564)
    Worcester, MA
    Feb 19, 2019
    7:00 pm, Stadium
    at Colgate L 64–75  17–10
    (11–4)
    Cotterell Court (643)
    Hamilton, NY
    Feb 24, 2019
    2:00 pm, WQMY
    Lafayette W 118–76  18–10
    (12–4)
    Sojka Pavilion (2,968)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Feb 27, 2019
    7:00 pm
    at Navy L 53–64  18–11
    (12–5)
    Alumni Hall (1,822)
    Annapolis, MD
    Mar 2, 2019
    12:00 pm
    Army W 62–61  19–11
    (13–5)
    Sojka Pavilion (2,982)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Patriot League Tournament
    Mar 7, 2019
    7:00 pm
    (2) (10) Holy Cross
    Quarterfinals
    W 77–65  20–11
    Sojka Pavilion (2,107)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Mar 10, 2019
    2:00 pm, CBSSN
    (2) (3) Lehigh
    Semifinals
    W 97–75  21–11
    Sojka Pavilion (2,718)
    Lewisburg, PA
    Mar 13, 2019
    7:30 pm, CBSSN
    (2) (1) Colgate
    Championship
    L 80–94  21–12
    Cotterell Court 
    Hamilton, NY
    *Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
    All times are in Eastern Time.

    Source[2]

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