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Former Raiders done early in NCAAs
Two former Roseville Area High School basketball standouts played in NCAA basketball tournaments last week. Unfortunately, neither was able to get past the first round.
Mike Muscala, a senior on the Bucknell University men’s basketball team, saw his collegiate career come to an end on Thursday in a loss to Butler in Lexington, Ky. Megan Stuart, a sophomore at South Dakota State University, saw her season end in a loss to South Carolina in Boulder, Colo.
Bucknell drew the 11th seed in the East Region and was a fashionable pick to upset sixth-seeded Butler, a team that played in back-to-back national finals in 2010 and 2011 but missed last year’s tournament. Those who took the advice and picked the
Bison saw that part of their bracket bust
Butler’s game plan included keeping Muscala from doing big damage and it worked for the most part. Muscala finished with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Bucknell’s Joe Willman benefited the most from the extra attention paid to Muscala as he scored a career high 20 points.
Bucknell held a brief early lead as Muscala scored the first two points of the game but Butler would build a seven-point lead by halftime. The Bulldogs pushed that lead to as many as 11 points early in the second half before the Bison put together a 19-2 run to lead by six with 10 minutes left.
Butler answered with an 8-0 run to retake the lead. Bucknell went back in front one last time with eight minutes to play but Butler outscored the Bison 29-16 the rest of the way to close out the 68-56 victory.
Muscala closed out his career with a pair of NCAA tournament appearances and one trip the National Invitational Tournament. He is a four-time all-Patriot League selection and finished as Bucknell’s all-time leading scorer. He is also second all time in blocks and rebounds.
Like Muscala, Stuart made her second trip to the NCAA tournament. SDSU was the 13th seed in the Norfolk Region but fell 74-52 to fourth-seeded South Carolina.
South Dakota State qualified for the tournament by winning its fifth consecutive Summit League tournament championship.
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