LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) Zach Thomas scored 18 points and hauled down 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and Bucknell defeated Loyola (Maryland) 76-63 on Wednesday night to climb atop the Patriot League lead standings.
Bucknell (14-6) entered in a tie with Boston University, but the Terriers lost a second straight game - they were beaten by Loyola Monday - and Bucknell now leads the Patriot League at 6-1. Loyola (9-9, 3-4) has wins over Lehigh and Boston U., the preseason favorites.
All the Bucknell starters scored at least nine points; Stephen Brown had 13, Nate Foulland and Kimbal Mackenzie 11 each. Foulland broke past 1,000 career points. Avi Toomer scored 9 as Bucknell made 18 of its first 25 shots (72 percent).