Richardson scores 23 to lead surging Colgate past Navy

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HAMILTON (AP) — Tucker Richardson had 23 points as Colgate extended its win streak to 12 games, narrowly defeating Navy 74-69 on Saturday.

Richardson also tallied nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Nelly Cummings had 15 points for Colgate (20-11, 16-2 Patriot League). Ryan Moffatt added 11 points.

"This was a hard fought game. That’s what we expect when we face Navy," Colgate coach Matt Langel said. "There’s a reason why they finished second in our league. The milestones – getting to 20 wins in the regular season and tying the record for Patriot League wins in a season – are all important things, and things that this group has talked about to be honest with you. For it to happen on Senior Day, for a group that has been together for a while now, in front of a great crowd is really nice. 

John Carter Jr. had 17 points and six rebounds for the Midshipmen (19-10, 12-6). Richard Njoku added 12 points and seven rebounds. Sean Yoder had 11 points.

The two teams already locked in the top two seeds for the Patriot League tournament but there was still plenty to play for. Both teams came in with 19 wins, and Colgate came out on top for the program’s third 20-win season – all in the last four years. The Raiders tied the Patriot League record for most conference wins in a season with 16; Bucknell was the only other team to do it in 2017-18.

The Raiders improve to 2-0 against the Midshipmen on the season. Colgate defeated Navy 69-50 on Jan. 13.

"This was a hard fought game. That’s what we expect when we face Navy," Langel said. "There’s a reason why they finished second in our league. The milestones – getting to 20 wins in the regular season and tying the record for Patriot League wins in a season – are all important things, and things that this group has talked about to be honest with you. For it to happen on Senior Day, for a group that has been together for a while now, in front of a great crowd is really nice.

“Our team has handled everything we’ve thrown at them. It has been remarkable," Langel added. "I can’t imagine there has been another team to go undefeated in February with as many games as we played in the shortest month of the year. We need some time to recover and rest our bodies. We’ll be able to have a few good practices next week to get ready for the Patriot League tournament.”

Colgate now awaits its opponent for the Patriot League tournament quarterfinals. The Raiders take on the winner of eighth seeded Lafayette and ninth seeded Bucknell on Thursday at Cotterell Court. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., with ESPN+ carrying the livestream.

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