Eagles Escape Colgate with 67-64 Overtime Win

Eagles Escape Colgate with 67-64 Overtime Win

HAMILTON, N.Y. — Mark Gasperini recorded his first collegiate double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the American men's basketball team survived with an overtime win at Colgate, 67-64, on Monday afternoon at Cotterell Court.

American moves to 4-9 overall and 1-1 in the Patriot League with the overtime win. Colgate drops to 3-12 on the season and 1-1 in the PL.

Sa'eed Nelson and Delante Jones each finished with 12 points. Nelson played the full 45 minutes, his eighth complete game of the season. He has also scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games.

Will Rayman had 15 points for the Raiders but fouled out in the final minute of regulation. Rayman scored 13 of his 15 in the first half. Sean O'Brien led all scorers with 21 points and nearly won the game with one second left for the Raiders.

American was set to take the regulation win despite woes at the free throw line. However, Delante Jones missed a pair that would have solidified the win. After a rebound by Jordan Swopshire, the Raiders set a high screen that allowed O'Brien to hit a jumper that bounced in tying the contest at 58-58 with one second left. O'Brien was fouled on the play and missed the potential game-winning free throw to send the game to overtime.

In the extra frame, AU jumped out to a five-point lead (64-59) but Colgate tied the game with five straight points by Tom Rivard. AU scored the next three points at the free throw line to secure the win.

Early in the second half, American took a seven-point lead, 31-24, on a layup by Delante Jones. O'Brien tied the game for the Raiders (31-31) on a 7-0 run with 15:45 left. Colgate would tie the game for the seventh time, 46-46, which ignited a 9-0 run by the visitors, who led 55-46 with 2:05 remaining.

From that point American, went 2-of-11 from the free throw line allowing the Raiders the opportunity to make a comeback. American finished the game 13-of-31 from the line.

The contest began with three turnovers before Delante Jones opened the scoring with a three. Gasperini gave the Eagles a five-point advantage 12-7 at 12:52. Colgate tied the contest at 12 after five straight points by Rayman. The game went back and forth until a late rally by the Eagles in the final 2:30.

The Eagles led 28-21 at the half, ending the period on a 7-0 run. The Eagles got contributions from seven players during the half with Nelson leading the team with six points.

AU shot 40 percent from the field and got 28 points off the bench. Lonnie Rivera has eight and Charlie Jones had seven with 12 rebounds in 41 minutes.

American heads back to the District and hosts Bucknell on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. on the Patriot League Network.

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