Late Rally Stops Men's Basketball in Home Loss

Late Rally Stops Men's Basketball in Home Loss

WASHINGTON – The American University men's basketball team put up an early lead against Colgate, but couldn't keep up after a late surge propelled the Raiders to a 70-65 victory in Bender Arena on Sunday.

The Eagles are now 5-16 overall for the season, 2-8 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders rise to 7-16 overall and 5-5 in the PL.

Freshman Mark Gasperini led AU's scoring efforts, fouling out in the final four minutes just shy of his career-high with 18-points. Freshman Sa'eed Nelson and sophomore Delante Jones joined Gasperini in the double-digits with 15 points and 13 points, respectively. Nelson tied his career-high with five assists. Senior Charlie Jones led with seven rebounds.

Four Raiders put up double figure efforts behind Malcolm Regisford's 15-point game. Jordan Swopshire added 14 points, and Will Rayman and Tom Rivard contributed another 13 points and 11 points, respectively. Regisford, Sean O'Brien and Dana Batt shared responsibilities on the boards with three rebounds each, while O'Brien also led with a team-high five assists.

It was a fairly even game across the board, with American outshooting the visitors with 58.3 percent off of 21-of-36 from the floor while Colgate put up 53.8 percent from 21-of-39 shooting. 

The Eagles edged out the Raiders on the boards with 20 rebounds but were just edged out in bench points, with Colgate's reserves tallying 13 to AU's seven.

American led the entire first half and held a 14-point lead 29-15 after a jumper by Gasperini with 5:50 left. Colgate finished the half on a 13-2 run after a three by Swopshire with one second left.

The Eagles led 31-28 at the break and continued the advantage into the second but the Raiders kept the deficit within two possessions. 

Regisford gave Colgate its first lead, 51-50, with nine minutes left. The score went back-and-forth until O'Brien nailed the game-winning three with 55 seconds left. The basket came after Nelson drilled a three of his own on the previous possession.

AU had a chance down two but a turnover and fouls allowed Colgate to escape with the victory.

The Eagles will hit the road next week with a trip to Bucknell on February 1.  For the latest on AU Men's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_MBasketball.

Colgate Press Conference With head coach Mike Brennan