Colgate rolls past Lehigh in Patriot League semifinal


HAMILTON (AP) — Tucker Richardson had 16 points and six rebounds and Jeff Woodward posted 11 points, five assists and three blocks as Colgate easily defeated Lehigh 81-61 at Cotterell Court in the semifinals of the Patriot League tournament on Sunday.

The top-seeded Raiders will host second-seeded Navy in the title game on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cotterell Court, with the game televised on CBS Sports Network. The winner earns the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Midshipmen defeated third-seeded Boston University 85-80 in overtime to advance in the other semifinal game. 

"One day at a time. We will have a couple days to prepare for a really good team here at home where we really like to play," Colgate head coach Matt Langel said. "College basketball is fragile. Anything can happen on any given day so that's what you want for your team when the season starts – to compete for a regular season championship and play in the conference tournament with a chance to go to the NCAA tournament. That's what our guys have worked so hard for over a long haul of time. I'm excited for them and look forward to the opportunity to play at home on Wednesday night."

Jack Ferguson had 17 points for Colgate (22-11), which carries a 14-game winning streak, tied for the longest win streak in program history. Keegan Records added 12 points.

"This was a great environment again this afternoon," Langel said. "The fans were great and lifted our spirits. We respected Lehigh's offensive talents really well and we were locked in on the defensive end. To pull away in the later part of the first half and go in with the double digit lead was significant. We were able to see it through in the second half."

Keith Higgins Jr had 17 points for the Mountain Hawks (13-19). Marques Wilson added 11 points and six rebounds.

Colgate's final 11 points came from the free throw line. The Raiders were a perfect 11-for-11, including two each from Ferguson and Zach Light in the final minute, to seal the victory.

The Raiders, who led 38-26 at halftime, shot 49.2% overall (29-59), 44.4% from behind the arc (8-18), and 71.4% from the free throw line (15-21) in the win.


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