CLINTON, N.Y. -- The Colby College men's basketball team had two good chances to tie the game in the final 30 seconds, but Oswego State held on for a 67-63 victory on the first day of the Hamilton College Invitational on Saturday night.
Oswego was 22-9 last year, made the NCAA Division III Tournament, and returned All-American guard Brian Sortino. However, the Mules held Sortino to just 6-for-17 shooting and stayed in the game in a defensive struggle.
First-year Sean Gilmore shot 7-for-12 from the field, including a 3-for-5 effort from 3-point range, for a team-high 18 points for Colby. Patrick Stewart finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Maximilian Steiner (pictured) had 13 points and a team-high eight boards. No other Colby player had more than five points.
The Lakers took a 31-23 lead at halftime, but Colby came out strong and took a 40-39 lead when Joe Connelly hit two free throws with 15:37 to play. The Mules had two four-point leads (45-41, 49-45) over the next five minutes.
Sortino went 1-for-2 from the foul line to make it 65-62 with 44 seconds remaining. Colby's Alex Dorion also went 1-for-2 from the foul line with 34 seconds to play. Oswego botched the inbounds play and Colby missed on a front layup with 30 seconds to go. After Krecko hit 1-for-2 from the free-throw line with 29 seconds left, Colby missed on a 3-point shot with 12 seconds to play.