Army Drops Patriot League Opener At Colgate

Colgate 68, Army 58 (OT)

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Colgate’s Kyle Roemer scored nine of his game-high 26 points in overtime as the Raiders scored a 68-58 win over Army in Patriot League men’s basketball action at Cotterell Court on Saturday afternoon. Colgate outscored the Black Knights 15-5 in the extra session.

Army (10-5, 0-1 Patriot League) led 49-45 with 3:48 left in the second half, but the Raiders (5-10, 1-0 Patriot League) closed the game on 8-4 run to force the overtime. Roemer hit a three-pointer with 23 seconds left to tie the game, and Cleveland Richard’s game-winning shot attempt was blocked at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Richard led the Black Knights with a season-high 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting, including a 3-for-6 showing from long range. Richard just missed a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds. Senior G Josh Miller had nine points, eight rebounds and five assists in 42 minutes of work. Sophomore G Julian Simmons had eight points, all in the first half. He was 0 for 7, including 0 for 3 from behind the arc, in the second half and overtime.

In addition to Roemer’s 26-point effort, Yaw Gyawu added 15 markers for the Raiders. Roemer and Gyawu scored all 15 of the Raiders’ points in overtime.

Army shot 42.6 percent for the game, but just 11 for 31 after halftime (.355). The Raiders hit 38.5 percent of their field goals, but were 10 for 17 in the second half and overtime (.417). Colgate also held a 37-32 rebounding advantage. Just one game after committing a season-low five turnovers against Brown, the Black Knights turned the ball over 18 times versus the Raiders.

Colgate also held a distinct free throw shooting advantage. The Raiders were 21 for 26 from the stripe, while Army hit just seven of its 12 attempts.

Army jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first four minutes, 42 seconds with Simmons taking on the early scoring load with five quick points. The Raiders answered right back with a 9-1 spurt of their own to make the score 13-11 with 13:31 left in the opening stanza.

After Roemer hit a jumper to pull the Raiders within two at 15-13 with 12:14 left, the Black Knights went on a 9-3 run over the next five minutes, 38 seconds. The second spurt included another triple from Simmons and was capped by a Richard jump shot.

The Raiders had another answer, however, scoring nine of the next 11 points to get within one point at 26-25 on a Roemer three-pointer with 3:16 to go. Army led 28-27 when Richard ended the half with his second three-pointer with just three seconds left to send the Black Knights into the locker room with a 31-27 lead.

Army shot 52.2 percent (12-23) in the first half with Richard leading all players with 11 points in the first 20 minutes. Simmons was right behind with eight points in only 12 minutes. Roemer led the Raiders with nine first-half points. Colgate shot just 35.7 percent (10-28) in the first half.

Both teams were scoreless in the first three minutes of the second half until Anthony Hill hit a three-pointer to cut the Army lead to one. Senior G Marcus Nelson stopped a three-minute, 24-second scoring drought for the Black Knights, but Hill drilled another triple to tie the game at 33-33 with 16 minutes left on the clock.

Army scored the next eight points with four baskets by four different players to take a 41-33 lead with 12:41 left. Roemer answered with a three-pointer that jumpstarted a 9-2 run that pulled the Raiders back within a point at 43-42 with 8:30 to go. The Black Knights scored four of the next five to lead 47-43 with 4:33 left.

After a pair of free throws cut the lead to two, Nelson stripped Roemer and went the distance to push the Black Knights’ lead to 49-45, setting up the Colgate comeback. Gyawu started the run with two free throws, and Roemer made one of two foul shots to pull the Raiders to within one at 49-48 with 2:06 left. Gyawu scored with 1:10 left to give the Raiders their first lead of the game at 50-49 with 1:02 on the clock. The basket stopped a six-minute, 50-second stretch for the Raiders without a field goal.

Richard came right back for Army with a three-pointer to put the Black Knights up 52-50 with 52.4 seconds left. Nelson made one of two at the line to make it a 53-50 game, but Roemer answered with a tough triple with a hand in his face to the game. On Army’s next possession, Miller penetrated and dished to Richard, but his shot was rejected and the clock ran out in regulation.

Roemer started the scoring in overtime with a three-pointer and scored the first five points of the extra session. Senior C Chris Walker scored with 1:57 left to cut the lead to 58-55, but Roemer rebounded an airball and laid it in as the shot clock expired to put the Raiders back in front by five with 1:17 to go.

Two Gyawu free throws made it a seven-point game, but Miller converted an old-fashioned three-point play to pull Army back within four. That was as close as the Black Knights would come, however, as the Raiders scored the final six points to take the 10-point win.

The loss marked Army’s eight straight in Patriot League openers and its sixth straight loss in Hamilton.

Army continues its two-game road trip to start Patriot League play at Holy Cross on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Tip-off in
Worcester is set for 7 p.m. The Black  Knights play their first home game of the conference season on Sunday, Jan. 17 versus Lehigh.

Game Notes: Army is now 2-18 in its 20 Patriot League openers … the Black Knights are 0-5 this season when allowing more than 60 points … Army was outrebounded for just the fifth time this season … the game was the Black Knights’ first overtime game of the season and first game to go into overtime since an 82-74 triple-overtime win over Lehigh at West Point last season … Army has been outscored 115-59 at the free throw line in its five losses (-56) … Army’s 42.6 percent accuracy rate stopped a four-game run of shooting less than 40 percent … Colgate has won three in a row in the series and 10 of the last 11 games versus Army … Josh Mille had his four-game streak of scoring in double figures stopped.

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