Steve Sigl hit a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer in the second overtime to give Bucknell an 85-83 victory over American Unversity in an East Coast Conference game at Fort Myer last night.
American, which plays cross-city rival George Washington at home Monday, suffered its third straight loss but its first in four ECC games. AU now has an 8-6 overall record. Bucknell, which won its secnd consecutive double-overtime game (it defeated St. Joseph's, 63-61, Wednesday) raised its ECC record to 2-1 and its overall mark to 6-4.
American scored the first two baskets of the second overtime to take an 81-77 lead, but the scoring of A1 l/eslie sent Bucknell ahead, 83-81, with 58 seconds remaining.
Mark Garlitos of AU hit two free throws with 36 seconds left to tie the game at 83 and set the stage for Sigl.
Bucknell was down, 77-73, with 1:42 remaining in the first overtime but fought back on a basket by Sigl and two free throws by Leslie.
Russell (Boo) Bowers sent the game into overtime by hitting a 15-foot jumper at theregulation buzzer to tie the game at 71. It was the third time this year that the sophomore had hit a field goal as time expired to win a game or send it into over-time.
The Bison had taken a 71-69 lead on a pair of free throws by Mike Hepburn and a foul shot by Sigl. AU guard Garlitos worked the ball down the right side for the final six seconds of regulation and found Bowers open for the game-tying shot.
The Eagles survived two second-half Bucknell rillies. Down, 36-27, at the half, Bucknell rallied to tie the game at 45 with 13:58 left. AU then hit three unanswered baskets over the next 42 seconds for a 51-45 lead.
But Bucknell battled back to take the lead, 70-69, for the first time since the opening minutes when Hepburn hit two free throws with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.
Bob Barry, who averages 22.5 points for the Bison but had only four points in the first half, tallied 16 in the second half, including a spurt of eight straight points.
But Steve Lamb, who had a game-high 28 points, more than matched. Barry's efforts by hitting eight of 12 shots in the second half.
"You could call us the 'Cardiac Kids' after the way we've played in the last couple of games," said Bison Coach Charles Woolum. "We've tried working the ball to him (Sigl) in clutch situations before."