Bison men rally in final minutes

LEWISBURG — Kimbal Mackenzie scored six of his 11 points in the final 21 seconds, including the winning 3-pointer as time expired, to help Bucknell rally for a 65-64 win over Colgate on Monday night.

Jordan Swopshire’s 3-pointer gave Colgate a 61-51 lead with 1:32 to play. Stephen Brown hit a 3 and Nana Foulland made a dunk for Bucknell while the Raiders made 3-of-4 free throws to make it 64-56 with 33 seconds left.

Mackenzie grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a 3-point play and, after another offensive board, fed Foulland for a layup. Colgate’s Will Rayman was called for a flagrant foul on the shot, giving the Bison two free throws and the ball. Foulland made one of the foul shots to trim the deficit to two points with 11 seconds to go and Mackenzie buried the winner from the right corner.

“I’m not sure how to explain what just happened,” said Bucknell coach Nathan Davis afterward. “Give coach [Matt] Langel and Colgate a lot of credit for coming in with a great desire to win and a great purpose. I thought they executed their plan I thought very well. Give our guys credit. They didn’t quit and found a way to make some shots. You just want guys to play together and make the right play. It was a pressure-packed situation, and they didn’t panic.”

Zach Thomas led Bucknell (18-9, 12-2 Patriot League) with 18 points, Foulland scored 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds and Brown had 11 points.

Jordan Robertson scored 11 points, while Rayman and Dana Batt had 10 apiece for Colgate (14-11, 9-5). Rayman also tied his career high with 11 rebounds.

Sean O’Brien’s layup gave the Raiders a 6-5 lead and Bucknell trailed until Mackenzie’s 3.

This was a defensive struggle for most of the night, and it was Colgate with the upper hand throughout. The Raiders led for 37:54 of the 40 minutes, using an early 15-4 to go up 19-9 midway through the opening half. Colgate held the Bison to a season-low 20 points in the first half and led by 11 at the break, and the Raiders led by as many as 14 at 40-26 after a Rayman 3-pointer with 12:45 to go.

Bucknell returns to action on Wednesday at 7 at home against Loyola, where it will look to clinch at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title.