HAMILTON, N.Y. - Colgate University did not score a single field-goal in the final three minutes of the game, but Randyll Butler's free throw with eight seconds left proved to be the difference as the Raiders edged the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team, 54-53, Saturday afternoon in Cottrell Court.
Colleen Marshall led Loyola (7-20 overall, 5-11 Patriot League) with 17 points and eight rebounds. The junior guard recorded a career-high seven steals, the most of any Greyhound this season. Senior Kara Marshall chipped in 12 points, while dishing out one assist and three steals.
Maria Jones put Colgate (6-21, 5-11) up 53-48 with a 3-point field goal seconds before the three minute mark, but the Greyhounds did not allow another field goal, using a 5-0 run to tie the score, 53-53, with just over a minute left to play.
Both teams missed shot opportunities in the final 60 seconds, but it was Loyola who was whistled for a push under Colgate's basket, and provided the Raiders' the free-throw opportunity to lead by one with under 10 seconds remaining.
Loyola had 8.4 seconds of possession, but Colleen Marshall's final shot bounced off the rim to preserve the Raiders' win.
Three of Colgate's eight field goals in the second half were recorded from 3-point range, but it had 12 turnovers after halftime, a total of 24 during the game.
The Raiders led 31-23 at the half, and while Loyola quickly cut its deficit to one, scoring the first seven points of the second half, Colgate pulled ahead by six, 36-30, the largest lead of the second stanza.
Senior Steph Smith cut the Greyhounds' deficit to three, 36-33, on a 3-point field goal with 16:27 to play, but Colgate scored back-to-back field goals, 38-35, with 13:05 remaining.
Over the next minute, both teams experienced scoring draughts, before a free throw by Butler put the first point on the board since the 13:05 mark.
Kara Marshall scored on a fast break opportunity, 39-37, recording the first field goal in nearly four and a half minutes for either team.
The Marshall sisters slowly chipped away at Colgate's lead, knotting the score 41-41 on a pair of layups with 8:13 to play.
The Greyhounds went on to tie the score three more times before the end of the contest, with the last opportunity to take the lead on a pair of Colleen Marshall free throws with a 1:05 remaining in the matchup.
Loyola returns to action on Wednesday, hosting College of the Holy Cross for Senior Day in Reitz Arena. Prior to the 8 o'clock tipoff, senior Nai Brown will be recognized for her accomplishments over the past four years.