WORCESTER, Mass. – Colgate’s Kyle Roemer scored seven of his 23 points in overtime, as the Raiders posted a 79-74 victory over the Holy Cross men’s basketball team at the Hart Center. The Crusaders were led by sophomore guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.), who totaled 19 points, five assists and four rebounds, while hitting nine of 11 field goal attempts. Holy Cross falls to 8-20 overall and 5-8 in the Patriot League with the loss, while Colgate improves to 9-18 on the season and 5-8 in the conference.
The game was tied at 63-63 in the final minute of regulation, when Holy Cross junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) was fouled grabbing a defensive rebound. Keister hit the front end of a one-and-one, but missed the second shot to allow the Raiders one last chance. A three-point attempt by Mitch Rolls was well off the mark in the closing seconds, but Colgate’s Yaw Gyawu grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 0.7 seconds to play. Gyawu missed the first free throw, but hit the second to send the game into overtime.
Both teams scored on three of their first four possessions in the extra session, and the score was tied at 70-70 with two minutes remaining. Roemer then hit a three-pointer to give the Raiders the lead for good. A layup by Cavataio with 36 seconds to go trimmed the deficit to one point (73-72), before Colgate hit all six of its free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Roemer made just eight of 23 field goals and six of 17 three-point attempts, but hit all three of his shots in overtime. Keister totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds for Holy Cross, while junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) added 15 points and 10 assists.
Prior to the game, Holy Cross honored senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) and senior forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) for their contributions to the program over the last four years.
The Crusaders conclude the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 28, when they travel to Lehigh for a 7:30 p.m. game.