The Colgate Raiders had a 10-point lead and possession of the basketball with under a minute to go in Monday night’s game vs the Bucknell Bison.
So how did Colgate lose?! I’ll show you, with the help of these videos via Clippit.
Colgate led 61-51 with the shot clock running down and 55 seconds left in the game, when Jordan Robertson missed a jumper. Bucknell’s Nana Foulland pulled down the rebound, hit Stephen Brown on the outlet pass, and Brown sank a three-pointer in transition with 48.4 seconds left to make it a seven-point game.
CBS Sports Network color commentator Mo Cassara said how it was “too little too late” for Bucknell and their “second consecutive loss.”
On the ensuing possession, Bucknell fouled Colgate, and the Raiders made both free throws to get their lead back up to nine with 46.3 seconds left. But Bucknell matched those two points with a Foulland dunk to make it a seven-point game again with 34.6 seconds left.
After a quick foul, Colgate would hit one of two free throws to take a 64-56 lead with 32.7 seconds, but Bucknell responded with an and-one layup from Kimbal Mackenzie.
Why on earth would you foul if you’re Colgate here? Let him have the layup with 20 seconds left and you’re still up six points. Instead, Mackenzie turned the layup and foul into three points to make it a five-point game:
And Cassara again said “too much too late for Bucknell,” which is a weird thing to say in a five-point game with 20 seconds still remaining (and with how things were trending here).
On the ensuing inbounds play for Colgate, Bucknell had the press on and forced Colgate to throw the ball away. Bucknell ball.
Hey, Cassara finally admitted things are interesting now and the game may not be over!
Bucknell took advantage of the turnover… and of another boneheaded Colgate play. Colgate fouled Foulland on a layup for an and-one opportunity.
Oh, but it gets worse. Colgate was called for a FLAGRANT FOUL on the play. So it was an “and-two,” and Bucknell ball. Foulland would only make one free throw, but Bucknell got the ball out of bounds with 11 seconds left and down two.
So after Bucknell trailed by 10 with 49 seconds left, here they were with the ball and opportunity to tie or win the game. After five Bucknell passes, MacKenzie gave this finish exactly what it deserved: a Bucknell buzzer-beating three for the win.
Not quite as unbelievable as Nevada’s comeback win over New Mexico last year, but still an insane comeback by Bucknell.
The win also gives Bucknell (12-2 in conference) a three-game lead over Colgate for first place in the Patriot League standings.
[CBS Sports Network]