HAMILTON, N.Y. - Colgate University's Austin Tillotson hit a half-court 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to give the Raiders a 93-90 Patriot League victory over visiting Loyola University Maryland at Cotterell Court.
Andre Walker knocked down one of his career-high four 3-pointers at the offensive end for the Greyhounds, tying the game with 2.9 seconds left. Tillotson, however, got the inbound pass and let go a half-court shot that swished home for the win.
No more than three points have decided the last four meetings between the teams. Earlier this year, Eric Laster hit a three with less than 10 seconds to go to give Loyola a 68-65 win in Baltimore. Loyola won by two last year in triple overtime, and the Raiders claimed a one-point win on their home court.
Loyola (8-19 overall, 7-9 Patriot League) rallied from seven down in the second half to force overtime, thanks in large part to 20 points after the break from Eric Laster.
Laster finished with a game- and career-high 26 points, making 5-of-6 3-pointers, all in the second half.
An Alex Ramon layup with 9:34 left in regulation put Colgate up, 60-53, but Loyola scored the next seven points to tie the score on two Walker free throws at 7:57.
Ramon scored in the paint again at 7:13, but Walker hit a three to put Loyola on top for the first time in more than 11 minutes.
The Greyhounds' 63-62 lead was short-lived, however, as Tom Rivard converted in the paint for Colgate (14-14, 10-7). Laster, however knocked down a three off a Tyler Hubbard assist at 6:13, staking the Greyhounds to a two-point advantage.
Chancellor Barnard then scored on Loyola's next possession, making it a four-point lead before Sean O'Brien hit a three for Colgate. Jordan Swopshire then made a basket with 4:35 on the clock, giving the Raiders a 69-68 advantage.
The teams again traded leads before Ramon put the home team ahead by two, 74-72, with a three at 3:14. Franz Rassman made the first of two free throws, though, for Loyola, and Laster knocked down another three to make it a 76-74 Greyhounds' lead.
O'Brien answered for Colgate with a three at 2:19, and the lead swung back to Colgate's advantage, 77-76.
Laster, however, was not done with his outside shooting, making a three at 1:59 to put Loyola up two.
The teams traded empty possessions, but O'Brien capitalized on space inside to score with 32 ticks left, and the score was tied at 79-79.
Loyola got a shot for Laster with under five seconds to play, but it rimmed out, and the teams headed to overtime.
Colgate went up by as many as five late in the extra period as a Ramon basket put the Raiders in front, 87-82. Walker, however, knocked down a three with just under a minute to go, and it was a one-possession game.
The Raiders missed on their offensive end, but Loyola turned the ball over and had to foul with 18 seconds left. Swopshire hit a pair of free throws to make it an 89-85 Raiders' lead.
Walker drove and scored with 11 seconds left, and Loyola was back within a pair. The Greyhounds fouled Tillotson with 10.1 on the clock, and he missed the first of the free throws before knocking down the second.
With that shot, the Raiders were up, 90-87, but Walker hit his stepback three with 2.9 left to tie the score at 90-90.
Tillotson picked the ball up near the free throw line and let go of his shot with time on the clock, hitting it to give the Raiders the win.
Laster's 26 topped his previous high of 24 set last season at Butler University. Walker added 22, 16 coming in the second half and overtime, and Rassman tallied 15. Barnard scored 123 to go with eight rebounds, while Cam Gregory had seven of each.
Tillotson's three gave him 20 points, while O'Brien and Ramon each had 18.
The Greyhounds return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 24, to celebrate Senior Night prior to playing College of the Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m.