Raiders Record Largest Margin Of Victory In 71 Years With 103-52 Win

Eight Raiders Score Seven Or More Points In Full Team Effort

Thirteen different Raiders scored to lead the Colgate men’s basketball team to a big 103-52 win over Pitt-Bradford in the Raiders’ non-league finale at Cotterell Court Friday afternoon.

The 51-point win marked Colgate’s largest margin of victory since a 97-46 win over St. Lawrence in the 1946-47 season. Colgate’s 103 points were the most in a single game in 20 years, while the Raiders improved to 5-0 at home for the first time in 17 years.

All 14 dressed Raiders saw playing time, with numerous student-athletes putting together career-best outings. First-year Jack Ferguson led the way with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists sand three steals in 15 minutes of action. Junior Malcolm Regisford followed with 15 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Will Rayman added 12.

Six points from Rayman helped Colgate to a quick 10-0 lead as the Raiders kept the Panthers scoreless through the first five-plus minutes of the game. Pitt-Bradford made its first basket at the 14:30 mark and was within nine at 17-8 two minutes later.

The Raiders rattled off a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to pull ahead 31-10 following a Rayman layup at the 7:44 mark. A 5-0 streak would be Pitt-Bradford’s largest of the half before Colgate scored the term’s final nine points to carry a 49-20 advantage into the locker room.

Dunks from junior Dana Batt and senior Jordan Swopshire helped Colgate stretch its lead to 32 at 59-27 in the opening minutes of the second half. Scoring was even through the first eight minutes of the term until a three-pointer from senior Jordan Robertson sparked a 10-0 Colgate streak that put the Raider lead at 71-33 with 11:26 to play.

Ferguson scored nine-straight Colgate points to put the score at 80-37 two minutes later. The Raiders wouldn’t let the Panthers get closer than 40 the rest of the way as Colgate cruised to the 103-52 win.

BOTTOM LINE

·      Colgate 103, Pitt-Bradford 52

WON-LOST RECORDS

·      Colgate improves to 5-6 on the season after capturing its second-straight win.

·      Pitt-Bradford is now 2-7 overall.

KEY RAIDER INFO

·      Colgate’s 103 points were the most in a single game since a 104-point effort against Army in 1997.

·      Colgate’s 5-0 start to home play at Cotterell Court is the first since the 2000-01 season.

·      The Raiders’ 5-6 record in the non-league portion of the season is the best since the 2013-14 team headed into Patriot League play at 6-5.

·      Four Raiders scored their first career points in the victory. First-years David Maynard and Hugh Baxter each tallied seven points, while senior Dylan Whitbread and sophomore Milan Williams added two apiece.

·      Ferguson’s 19-point effort came from a 6-for-9 showing from the field in just 15 minutes of action. His four rebounds, four assists and three steals were all career bests.

·      Regisford’s 15 points and eight rebounds were both season bests.

·      Junior Sam Lindgren tossed in a career-best six points.

·      First-year Jordan Burns got his first career start and dished a career high-tying six assists with no turnovers in 20 minutes of action.

·      Batt pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

FACTS & FIGURES

·      Colgate finished the game shooting 57.4 percent (39-for-68) from the field, 30.4 percent (7-for-23) from three-point range and 81.8 percent (18-for-22) from the free-throw line.

·      The Panthers were 32.4 percent (22-for-68) from the floor, 36.4 percent (8-for-22) from downtown and 0-for-2 from the charity stripe.

·      The Raiders finished the game with a dominant 55-24 rebound advantage.

·      Colgate scored 62 points in the paint compared to Pitt-Bradford’s 18.

·      The Panthers were led by Malique McCoy’s 17 points.

FROM THE SOURCE

Head Coach Matt Langel

·      “It’s been important for us coming out of exams to really work on our principles both offensively and defensively. I was proud of how we did that tonight. Our guys had chances to make selfish plays, but they didn’t and we shared the ball well and took what the defense gave us.”

·      “It’s really fun to get everybody in the game and the excitement early in the game was the same for the guys that got in late.”

·      “The holidays are a special time because you get to spend them with loved ones and that’s always important. We have to stay sharp and get ready to go because Patriot League play is up next.”

UP NEXT

·      Colgate now turns its attention to Patriot League play, which begins on Dec. 29 when the Raiders travel to Holy Cross.

·      Tipoff from Worcester, Mass. is set for 7 p.m. and free video will be available on the Patriot League Network.

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