American loses 4th straight after Colgate pulls away late

American head coach Mike Brennan shouts from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Jordan Swopshire had 18 points and freshman Jordan Burns scored 10 of his 14 points in the final five minutes to help Colgate beat American 72-63 on Tuesday night for its fourth win in a row.

Will Rayman hit 5 of 6 from the field, made 5 of 7 from the free-throw line and finished with 15 points for Colgate (7-6, 2-0 Patriot League). Sean O'Brien added six points, a career-high tying eight rebounds, six assists and three steals with no turnovers.

Burns scored seven points during a 9-3 spurt that gave the Raiders a 67-60 lead with 1:54 to play. American's Larry Motuzis hit a 3-pointer 20 seconds later, but the Eagles committed a turnover on each of their next three possessions and Colgate hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 47 seconds to seal it.

Sa'eed Nelson led American (3-10, 0-2) with 21 points and five assists.

Colgate shot 51 percent (27 of 53) from the field and scored 25 points off 18 Eagles turnovers.

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