HAMILTON, N.Y. Jarell Brown tallied a career-high 30 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Army men’s basketball team dropped a 73-71 overtime decision to Colgate Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court in the Patriot League opener for both schools.
Colgate (6-8, 1-0 Patriot League) scored the first seven points of the extra session, and then held off a furious Army rally to secure the two-point victory.
Chris Walker had a chance to send the game into a second overtime period, as the freshman forward was fouled with 0.2 seconds to play. Walker missed both free throws, however, and time expired before Army could attempt a game-tying field goal.
Colgate hit three of its first four shots in overtime, jumping out to a 72-65 advantage at the 2:55 mark. A lay-up by Matt Bell, two free throws by Brown and another lay-up by Bell pulled Army to within 72-71 with 34 seconds remaining in overtime.
After Jon Simon split a pair of free throws for Colgate, Corban Bates misfired on a potential game-winning three pointer from the right wing. Walker grabbed the ensuing rebound and was immediately fouled, setting the stage for the free throws.
Army (10-6, 0-1 PL), which trailed by eight points at halftime, came out of the intermission energized, outscoring Colgate, 10-2 over the first four minutes of the stanza, tying the score at 39-39 at the 16:45 mark. The Raiders responded with a 10-2 burst of their own to take a 49-41 advantage with 11:30 to play.
The Black Knights came right back with a 13-4 spurt, pulling ahead for the first time in the second half, 54-53 at the 7:30 mark. A quick 5-1 burst by Colgate put the Raiders back on top, 58-55, but Army responded with a 5-2 spurt to tie the game, 60-60, at the 4:00 mark.
After an Alex Woodhouse lay-up gave Colgate a 62-60 lead, Brown knocked down a trey to put Army back in front, 63-62. Two free throws by Woodhouse gave the Raiders a 64-63 lead, but Bell's tough shot in the lane put Army back on top, 65-64, with 1:01 remaining in regulation.
Another free throw by Woodhouse knotted the score at 65-65 and each team missed a potential game-winning shot down the stretch as the game went into overtime.
Brown scored 10 of Army’s first 12 points, helping the Black Knights to a 12-10 lead at the 15:00 mark. Three-pointers by Kyle Chones on successive possessions keyed a 13-1 Colgate run, putting the Raiders ahead, 23-13, four minutes later.
A deep triple by Brown sparked a 7-2 scoring spurt that trimmed Colgate’s lead to 25-20 at the 7:30 mark. Another three by Chones capped a brief 8-4 run that built the Raiders’ lead back up to nine points at 33-24 with 3:40 remaining in the opening half. Army outscored Colgate, 5-4, down the stretch as Colgate took a 37-29 lead into halftime.
Brown led all scorers in the first half with 17 points. The junior hit 6-of-8 field goals, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Chones paced Colgate with 16 points, hitting 6-of-7 attempts from the floor, including all three of his three-point field goal tries.
Both teams shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the first half with Army converting 11-of-22 attempts and Colgate connecting on 13-of-26 field goals. The Black Knights held a 16-11 rebounding advantage in the first half.
Brown knocked down a career-high seven three-pointers en route to the first 30-point game by an Army player in nearly two years. Bell, who was the last Black Knight player to eclipse the 30-point plateau, finished with 18 points, including 16 in the second half.
Marcus Nelson chipped in six points and a game-high five assists, while Doug Williams added six points and five rebounds.
Chones led four Colgate players in double figures with 16 points. Kendall Chones chipped in 15, while Woodhouse had 12 and Tim Pounds registered 10.
Army shot 49.0 percent from the floor (25-of-51), while Colgate shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57). Army outrebounded Colgate, 33-32.
Army returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 9, when the Black Knights wrap up their three-game road swing with a trip to Worcester, Mass. for a Patriot League game against Holy Cross. Tip off from the Hart Center is slated for 7 p.m.