March 20, 2006

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The Bison leave the American Airlines Center court in Dallas Sunday.

DALLAS - The Bison's history-making season came to an end Sunday as Bucknell fell 72-56 to Memphis in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The team is expected to board their charter flight back to Pennsylvania this evening, departing the Dallas area about 8:15 p.m. (C) and arriving in Harrisburg before midnight. The team bus is expected to arrive on the Bucknell campus at about 1:30 a.m. (E).

Flooding in the Dallas area could delay the team's arrival home.

Already, plans are underway to celebrate the team's history-making season with a parade Tuesday evening. The parade will begin at Lewisburg Area High School at 6 p.m. and follow Market Street to South Third Street. From University Avenue, team and fans will proceed to Sojka Pavilion where the Bison's remarkable season will be celebrated.

At the press conference immediately following the game, co-captains Charles Lee and Kevin Bettencourt were asked about their last game as seniors. Lee said he was proud to have been part of what the team had accomplished. Bettencourt echoed that sentiment, saying they had all worked hard to get the team to two consecutive NCAA tournaments.

"We don't spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back, but now that my career is over, I'm going to do that,'' Bettencourt said. "I have absolutely no regrets. These guys are headed in the right direction. I'm going to be a proud alum.''

Both players stopped for long hugs with coach Pat Flannery when they were taken out in the closing seconds of Sunday's game.

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Posted March 19, 2006


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