Colgate within victory of NCAA tourney automatic bid

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HAMILTON —  Rapolas Ivanauskas scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures on Sunday as top-seeded Colgate downed No. 5 seed Navy, 80-70, on Sunday in a Patriot League Tournament semifinal game at Cotterell Court.
 Colgate won its 10th straight game and will host the tournament title game for the first time in 23 years when the Raiders take on second-seeded Bucknell on Wednesday night at 7:30 in a game which will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

While Ivanauskas led the way for the Raiders (23-10) against Navy (12-19) with his game-high 22 points, Jack Ferguson finished with 19 points off the bench, Tucker Richardson had 15 points and Will Rayman added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Colgate led at halftime, 42-34.

George Kiernan had 19 points to lead Navy, which pulled within 61-59 on a pair of free throws from Evan Wieck with 5:33 remaining. Ferguson then made a 3-pointer as Colgate went on a 5-0 run to rebuild the lead to 66-59.

Colgate is 14-1 at Cotterell Court, with the win total representing a school record. The 10-game overall winning streak matches Colgate’s longest dating back to 1929.

Colgate and Bucknell will square off in the championship game for the second straight year. The Raiders and Bison split their regular-season series, with both teams winning at home.

Tickets can be purchased online, by calling the ticket office at 315-228-4062, or by visiting the Reid Athletic Center during regular business hours. 

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