By John Painter
(Hamilton, NY – Dec. 30, 2012) Murphy Burnatowski scored 31 points and Luke Roh followed his own miss with the winning put-back in the final seconds as Colgate slipped past New Hampshire 65-63 here Sunday.
Burnatowski’s point-total was a career high, but it was Roh’s rebound-basket that was the difference. Roh took the inbounds pass with eight seconds left and raced the length of the floor. He missed on a rushed leaner in the lane, but the carom fell straight back to him and the sophomore guard laid it in.
“The play was to get me the ball on the run and see if I could get in the lane and create for everybody else,” Roh said. “They were covered and I just threw it up. Luckily, it hit the backboard and I was able to get a second jump and get a bucket to win the game.”
The score was tied at 63 because New Hampshire’s Chandler Rhoads, who scored 13 points and dished out nine assists, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with nine seconds to play. Rhoads finished 2-of-7 at the line for his only blemish on a fine afternoon.
Colgate’s Pat Moore grabbed the important rebound and the Raiders had time for one more play.
“Getting the rebound was critical on the missed foul shot,” Colgate head coach Matt Langel said. “Then we weren’t going to have a chance to make a lot of passes with just eight seconds left, so we got it to Luke Roh because he has good size and speed and length.
“He has a smaller guy on him, so you just try to give him some space and put our other guys in position where if somebody helps off on Luke he could find them.”
That didn’t happen, so Roh was left to make the play on his own.
“To his credit, the first one wasn’t a great shot,” Langel said. “But he stuck with it and got something good on the rim after that.”
Colgate scored the game’s first seven points and led by as many as 12 in the first half at 16-4. Burnatowski was doing the damage early and often for the Raiders en route to his career-high. The versatile forward was 11-of-22 from the field, 4-of-10 from long range and made all five of his free throws.
“I got a few easy ones at the beginning and we were moving the ball like we have been doing the last couple of games,” Burnatowski said. “When we move the ball, everyone gets open shots.
“I got going early and kept it going. I ended up having a pretty good night.”
Burnatowski was the only Raiders scorer in double figures. John Brandenburg was next with seven points to go with a season-high nine rebounds and an impressive six blocked shots. Roh and Brandon James added five points apiece.
New Hampshire (4-8) was led by Ferg Myrick’s 23 points. Myrick’s conventional three-point play with 2:10 remaining gave the Wildcats their first and only lead of the game at 63-61. Colgate’s Mitch Rolls tied the score 30 seconds later with a baseline jumper to set the stage for the closing theatrics.
Colgate won its second straight to improve to 5-7 overall and 3-1 at home. The Raiders play at Columbia on Wednesday and at Dartmouth on Saturday to close out the preconference schedule. Both of those games start at 7 p.m.
Colgate 65, New Hampshire 63
New Hampshire (4-8): Chandler Rhoads 13, Jordon Bronner 1, Ferg Myrick 23, Scott Morris 9, Chris Pelcher 12, Chris Orozco 2, Logan Mortenson 2, Chris Matagrano 1. Totals: 21-10-63.
Colgate (5-7): Mitch Rolls 4, John Brandenburg 7, Luke Roh 5, Pat Moore 4, Murphy Burnatowski 31, Chad Johnson 4, Damon Sherman-Newsome 2, Brandon James 5, Matt McMullen 3. Totals: 25-9-65.
3-Point Field Goals: New Hampshire 11 (Myrick 5, Rhoads 3, Morris 3); Colgate 6 (Burnatowski 4, Moore, McMullen).
Halftime: Colgate 35-29.