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Ryan Moffatt leads Raiders past Boston U 75-59 in second half comeback

HAMILTON, N.Y. (COLGATE ATHLETICS) — Colgate’s second-half surge hit another stride in overcoming a halftime deficit to beat Boston University 75-59 on Saturday afternoon inside an energetic Cotterell Court. 

Colgate, which trailed 33-28 at halftime, outscored Boston University 47-26 over the final 20 minutes. Ryan Moffatt was lights out in the second half, scoring 17 points with five made 3-pointers. He connected on six triples in the game, finishing with a season-best 23 points. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Moffatt’s big second half started right from the get-go. He canned four triples in the first five minutes and Colgate raced on a 16-0 run. The Raiders were 5-for-5 from the field during the burst that turned a 33-28 deficit into a 44-33 lead with 15:13 remaining in the game. 

Colgate’s lead never dwindled to a single-possession game again. Boston University cut the margin to six points on three separate occasions, the latest on a three-point play from Anthony Morales that trimmed the lead to 49-43 with 10:47 left in regulation. 

Jalen Cox provided strong minutes in his reserve role and converted a three-point play to put Colgate’s lead to double-digits for good, 63-53, with 4:24 showing. Moffatt drilled his fifth trey of the second half to help the Raiders pull away down the stretch for the 75-59 victory. 

Moffatt’s 23 points led two Raiders in double figures. Brady Cummins finished with 11 points after making his third consecutive start. Keegan Records had eight points and six rebounds, while Braeden Smith, Cox, and Nicolas Louis-Jacques each finished with seven. 

Colgate started red-hot from behind the arc and scored its first 12 points from long range. Cummins knocked down two of those treys, and he had eight early points after a two-handed slam made it 14-11 in favor of the Raiders with 14:31 left in the first half. 

Boston U withstood Colgate’s three-point charge and found the game’s first run. Smith knocked down a trey and Moffatt made three free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt, but those were Colgate’s only points over the final 7:38 of the first half. Boston University used an 11-0 surge to take a 33-28 lead into halftime. 

Moffatt keyed Colgate’s 16-0 run to start the second half and the Raiders pulled away from there to pick up their third straight win, 75-59. 

Colgate shot 53.8 percent in the second half (14-26), including 45.5 percent from behind the arc (5-11), with all five coming from Moffatt. The Raiders shot 43.4 percent overall (23-53), 42.3 percent from long range (11-26), and 72 percent from the free throw line (18-25). 

Boston U finished with a 39.3 percent clip overall (22-56), 21.4 percent from three-point range (6-28), and 60 percent from the line (9-15).Boston U held the slight edge in rebounds, 37-36, but the Raiders only turned it over seven times to Boston University’s 11. 

GAME NOTES

  • Colgate has its first three-game winning streak of the season. 
  • The Raiders have outscored their Patriot League opponents 273-200 in the second half this season. 
  • Colgate improved to 5-2 at home this season, extending its head-to-head winning streak against Boston University to four games dating back to January 2022. 
  • Ryan Moffatt’s six 3-pointers tied his career high and his 23 points were one shy of his career best. Both marks were set in the same game against Bucknell (2/2/22). 
  • Moffatt needs eight more points to become Colgate’s 40th member of the 1,000-point club. He will join Keegan Records as Colgate’s active 1,000-point scorers. 

UP NEXT

Colgate (11-8, 5-1 PL) hosts Lehigh on Monday night as part of a nationally-televised basketball doubleheader at Cotterell Court. The women host Lehigh at 4 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised on CBS Sports Network. 

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