Colgate Defeats Army 93-90 In Overtime

HAMILTON, N.Y.  -  Murphy Burnatowksi's three-pointer with 12 seconds left in overtime gave Colgate (7-13, 1-3 PL) a 93-90 victory over Army (8-11, 1-3 PL) Wednesday night at Cotterell Court. Army led by as many as five in the extra session, but the Raiders finished the game on a 10-3 run to take the win.
Four freshmen scored in double figures for the Black Knights led by Kyle Wilson's team-high 23 points. Wilson was 10-for-15 from the floor in his third 20-point game of the season. Kyle Toth added 14 points, including four three-pointers, and a team-high six rebounds, while Dylan Cox just missed his second straight double-double with 11 points and a career-high eight assists. Kevin Ferguson notched his first career double-digit game with 11 points. Ferguson also blocked three shots.
Burnatowski led all scorers with 35 points, 31 of which came after halftime. Mitch Rolls scored 15, including the game-tying three-pointer with 5.6 seconds left in regulation. Brandon James also scored 15 points. James hit a three-pointer to give the Raiders their first lead in overtime. He also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
The two teams combined to shoot 54.3 percent for the game (70-129). Colgate drilled 12 three pointers (12-23), while the Black Knights were 8-for-19 from deep. The Raiders outrebounded Army 36-33.
The Black Knights led by 14 with just less than 15 minutes to go after a three-pointer by Toth, but Colgate used a 20-6 run over the next 5:47 to tie the game at 58-58 with 9:18 to go. Army was 3-for-8 with four turnovers, while Burnatowski scored 12 points during the run.
Army came right back to regain the lead on three-pointer by Cox, but a three-point play by Clayton Graham tied the game for the third time. Toth answered with a triple to start a 14-6 Army run that included seven points by Wilson and gave the Black Knights a 77-69 lead with 4:09 left. The Raiders scored the next six points to make it a two-point game with 1:57 to go, but a layup by Andrew Stire and a jumper by Cox pushed the Black Knights' lead back to six with 51 seconds remaining.
Rolls knocked down a three to cut Army's lead in half, and the Black Knights missed the front end of a one-and-one with 21 seconds left to give the Raiders the chance to tie. Rolls came off a screen and the Army defender fell down leaving him open from the top off the key. He found the bottom of the net with less than six seconds remaining to tie the game at 81-81. Army called time out to set up the final play, but did not score.
In the overtime, Army led 88-83 after a layup by Ferguson with 3:17 left. Colgate scored the next seven points, including James's three-pointer that put the Raiders in front 90-88, their first lead since 2-0. Ellis tied the game with a pair of free throws, but Burnatowski's three from the top of the key provided the winning margin. The Black Knights had two chances to tie, but misfired twice from behind the arc.
The Black Knights controlled the action in the first half, taking a 3-2 lead with 18:17 left in the opening stanza following a three-point play by Cox. The Black Knights slowly built their lead to double figures, taking a 30-20 advantage following an Ellis jumper with 4:12 showing on the first-half clock. The Raiders got within five points, but Army ended the half on a 7-0 run to lead 39-27 at the break. Army had 11 players score in the first 20 minutes.
The Black Knights scored 90 points in a game for an Academy record fifth time this season.
Army returns home on Saturday, Jan. 26 when it hosts American. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 3 p.m.
Game Notes: The loss snapped Army's two-game winning streak versus Colgate and its two-game winning streak in Hamilton … 11 of the 12 Black Knights that played scored … Cartavious Kincade scored a season-high five points, including his first three-pointer of the season … Army has lost its last five games when losing the rebounding battle … the Black Knights have won their last four when on the plus side of the rebounding margin … the Black Knights dropped to 0-2 in overtime this season … Ella Ellis moved into ninth place on Army's all-time scoring list … his five points give him 1,357 for his career … freshmen accounted for 67 of Army's 90 points.