Jan. 16, 2008
HAMILTON, N.Y. -
Senior Bilal Abdullah tipped in a bucket with three seconds remaining in overtime to bring home a 69-68 Leopards' victory over Colgate on Wednesday night, their third straight at Cotterell Court. Abdullah finished with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds.
Lafayette (11-6, 2-0) was up by 10 points (57-47) at 6:08 in the second half after a blocked shot by Ted Detmer led to an Andrew Brown three-pointer. Colgate (9-7, 1-1) responded with eight straight to trim the lead 57-55 at 2:51, holding Lafayette without a bucket for almost two and a half minutes. The Raiders were 5-for-6 from the line during the run.
Daniel Waddy again cut the Lafayette lead to one (58-57) with a steal and layup with a just over a minute and a half remaining in regulation. Michael Gruner was fouled at halfcourt and made the first of two at the line, making it 59-57 with 38 seconds left on the clock.
Kyle Roemer took an off-balance shot and Abdullah pulled down the rebound, kicking it out to Gruner in the corner. Gruner was fouled again and missed the front end of a one-and-one. Colgate inbounded with 8.6 seconds left in the game. Kendall Chones tied the game 59-59 on a drive and dish by Waddy, bringing the game into overtime. Roemer and Waddy each contributed a team-high 16 points for the Raiders.
Colgate sliced Lafayette's lead to one (34-33) five minutes into the second half following a Roemer jumper from the left wing. Lafayette ripped off an eight-point run that began at 18:16 and ended with Lafayette up 40-33 at 14:13 when Paul Cummins laid in a bucket on a fast-break dish from Jeff Kari.
Chones spurred a 10-point run and a Willie Morse three with nine and half minutes remaining in regulation capped it off to put the Raiders up 46-44.
Matt Betley converted two free throws and added a three-pointer to regain the lead at 9:18 (49-46). Brown sank one from behind the arc, stretching the Leopards' lead to 52-47 at 8:01. Brown finished with 13 points, including four points in the extra session, helping Lafayette to the 69-68 win.
The Leopards continue Patriot League action on Saturday at Navy (8-9, 1-1) for a 7 p.m. tip-off
Lafayette has started the conference slate 2-0 for the first time since 2003-04 when the Leopards undefeated through the first round of Patriot League play at 7-0. Men's basketball technically won its first two in 2004-05 after Lehigh was forced to forfeit its Jan.12 victory after using an ineligible player for much of the season.
The Leopards improve to 5-0 in overtime this season.
Lafayette has left Cotterell Court victorious in each of its last three visits to Hamilton, N.Y.
On Feb. 21, 1998, both Lafayette men's and women's basketball defeated Colgate men's and women's basketball teams in Hamilton, N.Y. The men's team won 77-66 and the women's team was victorious 62-58.
The ten points scored by Lafayette were the fewest of its five extra sessions this season.