HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Darius Gardner made 7 of 8 field goal attempts and completed 7 of 9 free throws to total 21 points as American came back in the second half to defeat Colegate 69-62 Saturday.
American trailed 34-26 at the break, but made 14 of 18 field goal attempts in the second period, outscoring Colgate 43 to 28.
Colgate(6-9, 0-4) led 45-38 when the Eagles went on a 17-4 run to pull ahead by six with 6:03 remaining.
The Raiders closed to 61-59 following a three-point play by Damon Sherman-Newsome with 1:10 left. Schoof then made a 3-point shot to extend the lead to 64-59. Gardner and Kager combined for five free throws in the final 31 seconds to secure the win.
Ethan Jacobs led Colegate with a career-high 19 points.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.