Charles Hinkle hit a three-pointer with just 28.8 seconds remaining to give the American University men's basketball team a 59-58 victory over Colgate on Saturday to open the second half of Patriot League play.
Neither team was able to break away early as Colgate (7-16, 1-7) answered the Eagles shot for shot. A three from Hinkle put American up 12-10 with 11:02 to play but Sterling Melville hit a jumper to tie it at 12 apiece.
Back-to-back buckets from Daniel Fisher gave American (15-8, 6-2) an 18-14 lead with 6:02 remaining. A three-pointer from Blake Jolivette gave the Eagles' their largest lead of the first half, 25-19, with 3:29 left to play. Nick Pascale answered with a three-point play and a lay-up from Brandon James cut American's lead to one, 25-24, to end the half.
Hinkle led the Eagles with seven points in the first half. American shot 32.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Raiders shot 37.5 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from three-point range.
The game remained close through the beginning of the second half before a 7-1 run by the Eagles gave American a 47-40 lead with 8:13 left to play. But Colgate responded with a 12-2 run of their own to take a 52-49 lead with 3:24 remaining.
A dunk from Riley Grafft gave American a 53-52 lead but Mike Venezia hit a pair of free throws to give the Raiders back the lead. Hinkle hit his fifth three of the game to give American the 59-57 lead with 28.8 seconds remaining.
Melville went 1-of-2 from the line with 13.8 seconds left to play, with American still holding a one-point advantage. Mitch Rolls missed on a three-point attempt with 8.2 seconds remaining and grabbed his own rebound, but was unable to put a shot up in time as American held on for the 59-58 victory.
American shot 43.9 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from beyond the arc, while the Raiders shot 41.3 percent from the field and just 28.6 percent from three-point range. Colgate also went 16-of-19 from the foul line and outrebounded American by a 30-29 margin. Venezia led the Raiders with 13 points.
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