Like hotcakes

Word out of Lewisburg at yesterday's Bucknell media day luncheon: The Bison's Dec. 6 home date with No. 4 Villanova is a sellout. School officials said tickets for the game were gone in 55 minutes after they went on sale Monday.

About 2,500 tickets in the 4,000-seat Sojka Pavilion are reserved for students, faculty and staff. Some of those could become available to the public at a later date if they go unclaimed.

That does not appear likely. The game falls on the final day of classes for the first semester and is the first chance for students to see the team at home since the home opener with Yale falls on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Fans who do not get tickets for the Villanova game can catch the Bison 11 days later when they host Cornell for the annual Community Day game. Admission to the general public will be free for that game.

Last year's Community Day came on the heels of upsets over Saint Joseph's and Pittsburgh and filled Sojka for the Bison's league opener with Holy Cross. The Crusaders will again be the guests for the Bison's league home opener when they visit Lewisburg on Jan. 14. School officials decided against having Community Day for that game, banking on students returning from winter break to help swell the crowd. The second semester begins the following Monday (Jan. 16).

Tickets do remain for the St. Joe's game on Dec. 21. Sales have been brisk, officials say, but because the students will be on break, more are available for that game, which will be Bucknell's final home non-conference game of the season.

For the first time in memory, the school actually appears to be trying to market the team. There is even a Bison basketball billboard along Route 15 just south of campus.

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