Hamilton, N.Y. – Playing in its third game in six days this week, the American University men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Colgate squad on Saturday afternoon, falling on the road, 59-43. The Raiders shot 51 percent from the field while netting eight 3-pointers.
A slow start for AU paired with a strong defensive effort by the Raiders kept the Eagles from getting anything going on the offensive end. Colgate kept American from registering a double-digit scorer while limiting the Eagles to 4-of-12 shooting from distance.
The Raiders knocked down 23-of-45 field goal attempts and also shot 50 percent from beyond the arc, netting half of their 16 attempts.
Junior point Austin Tillotson led Colgate and all scorers with 15 points, going 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Junior forward Matt McMullen was the only other player in the game to reach double-digit scoring, matching Tillotson's 3-point total while chipping in 14 points.
The first five minutes of the contest started as a back-and-forth affair, but Colgate used a 13-0 run to take control of the game, building a 20-point advantage at the break as Tillotson tipped one in as the halftime buzzer sounded.
The Eagles had one of their lowest scoring halves of the year, totaling only 14 points, its smallest amount in league play and least since the season-opener at Temple. American hit only 5-of-17 field goals in the initial 20 minutes.
Colgate was locked in offensively, hitting 50 percent of its shots in the first stanza while netting five 3-pointers. The Raiders totaled eight more made field goals and four more triples than the Eagles to start the game.
Colgate ballooned the lead to as much as 25 at 54-29 with just over six minutes to play. American had one last run as an 8-0 streak brought AU to within 17, but deficit proved to be too great.
Junior guard Jesse Reed led all AU scorers with nine points and two 3-pointers, pacing nine different Eagles on the scoresheet.
American, which is in the midst of yet another road stretch, plays its sixth away game in eight matchups this coming Thursday, Feb. 12 at Lehigh. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.