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Muscala leads Bucknell to 76-55 win over Army

Muscala leads Bucknell to 76-55 win over Army

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) Mike Muscala had 20 points and 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season as Bucknell used a big first-half run to defeat Army 76-55 Saturday night in the Patriot League opener for both teams.

The Bison (14-3), who have won three of their last four games, trailed by seven early. With the Black Knights leading 17-12, Bucknell used a 20-2 spurt to take control.

Army could get no closer than 14 in the second half. Playing without Jordan Springer (4.3 rebounds per game), who was out with a shoulder injury, the Black Knights (7-9) were outrebounded 36-28.

Muscala made 5 of 11 field goals and 10 of 10 free throws. Joe Willman added 18 points and Cameron Ayers 15 for the Bison.

Ella Ellis, who scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, became the 12th player in Army history to record 1,300 career points.

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez remains in Washington for further testing

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez remains in Washington for further testing

Davey Martinez remained in Washington for further medical testing, the Nationals announced Monday. Bench coach Chip Hale will manage the team Monday night instead.

Martinez left Sunday’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning because he was not feeling well. He went to a local hospital for further examinations upon the recommendation from Nationals medical staff. They said at the time they expected Martinez to join the team in St. Louis, though they did not specify when.

Hale, 54, joined the Nationals’ staff as bench coach when Martinez was hired ahead of the 2018 season. The Baltimore Orioles interviewed him this offseason for their open managerial position.

Hale has replaced Martinez following each of Martinez’s ejections this season.

Hale managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2015-16, where his teams went a combined 148-176. He’s also been the third base coach for the New York Mets, the bench coach for the Oakland A’s, and even a Triple-A manager. Prior, Hale was a part-time major leaguer for seven seasons.

The Nationals open a three-game series Monday night in St. Louis. They have a 1 ½-game lead for homefield in the Wild-Card Game. They are just 2 ½ games in front of Milwaukee for a postseason berth. Just 14 games remain in the season. 

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