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Nathan Davis out as Bucknell head coach

NCAA Basketball: Bucknell at Rutgers

Dec 23, 2022; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Bucknell Bison head coach Nathan Davis during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Jersey Mike’s Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Nathan Davis is out as the head coach at Bucknell, ending an eight-year tenure that included a pair of close losses to much higher-seeded opponents in the NCAA tournament.

Bucknell athletic director Jermaine Truax announced the move.

The Bison went 12-20 this season, finishing with a 64-59 loss to American in the first round of the Patriot League tournament.

Davis went 129-115 as Bucknell’s head coach. The Bison lost to fourth-seeded West Virginia 86-80 in the 2017 NCAA tournament and fell to third-seeded Michigan State 82-78 in the 2018 tourney.

The 48-year-old Davis previously was an assistant for five seasons at Bucknell. He also was the head coach at his alma mater, Randolph-Macon, and an assistant at Navy and Colgate.

“I am grateful for the positive mentorship that Nathan provided to our student-athletes, however, the last four seasons have not met the high standards of on-court success we expect from our men’s basketball team,” Truax said.