Raiders Rally To Hold Off Men's Basketball
HAMILTON, N.Y. - An Andre Walker 3-pointer with 2:07 left in regulation gave Loyola University Maryland a 69-67 lead, but Colgate University scored six-straight points and held off the visiting Greyhounds, 77-72, in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders (10-9 overall, 5-2 Patriot League) went 23 of 26 from the free-throw line in the game, including a 19 of 22 mark in the second half to help seal the game.
Walker finished with a game-high 22 points, his third-straight outing with 20 or more. He moved into ninth-place all-time at Loyola and became the 32nd player in Patriot League history with 1,500 or more points in a career.
Colgate took a 27-23 lead with 4:13 left in the first half on a Jordan Burns layup, but Walker sparked a Loyola run that put the Greyhounds (5-14, 3-5) in front at the half. He scored 13 points during a 13-2 run, hitting three 3-pointers during the stretch, as Loyola went up, 36-29, at halftime.
The Raiders, however, scored nine of the second half's first 11 points, and a Dana Batt basket at 17:52 tied the game at 38-38. Andrew Kostecka bookended a Burns basket with two of his own to put Loyola in front, 42-40, at 16:43, but Batt scored at 16:17, and Sean O'Brien connected on a jumper four seconds later following an offensive rebound off a Batt free throw to give Colgate a 44-42 advantage.
Chuck Champion momentarily pushed Loyola in front by one, 47-46, with a 3-pointer at 13:11, but 21 ticks later Jordan Swopshire responded with a Colgate three to give the Raiders a two-point advantage.
A Kostecka three at 9:55 tied the game at 55-55, and Walker drove and fed Sam Norton for a three at 8:58, giving Loyola a 3-point advantage. Colgate, however, came back to retake the lead until Walker's late three.
Swopshire made two free throws at 1:45 after Walker's last three to give the Raiders the lead, and Burns hit a three with 50.3 seconds left to make the advantage four.
Burns led Colgate with 20 points, while Batt added 16 and Jordan Robertson finisehdw ith 13.
Walker paced four Greyhounds in double-figures with 22, while Champion had 14, Cam Gregory, 13 and Kostecka, 11.
Loyola is back in action on Wednesday, January 24, to face Lehigh University at 7 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.