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Will Cummings Leads Temple Past Bucknell In NIT First Round

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Will Cummings scored a season-high 30 points to lead Temple past Bucknell 73-67 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday.

Quenton DeCosey added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the top-seeded Owls (24-10), the first team left out of the NCAA Tournament field.

Chris Hass led eighth-seeded Bucknell (19-15) with 15 points. The Bison won the Patriot League regular-season title to earn an automatic NIT berth.

After Hass gave the Bison a 52-51 lead with a 3-pointer midway through the second half, Cummings sparked an 11-3 Temple run with nine points in a 4 1-2- minute span.

Bucknell pulled within 64-62 on Hass' jumper with 1:23 left, but Temple went 7 for 8 from the foul line in the final minute to advance to a second-round matchup vs. George Washington.

Cummings added seven rebounds. His 30 points were one off his career high and the most scored by an Owl this season.

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