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De La Salle High School
The Raiders are thrilled to welcome back 6-3 Kyle Roemer, who averaged 16.2 points in 2007-08 but missed last year due to injury.
The Raiders' Kyle Roemer wrapped up his torrid postseason performance with 17 points and finished the three league tournament games with 72 overall points, just two points shy of the tournament mark set by Navy's T.J. Hall in 1994. Colgate (18-14) did mainly what it wanted on defense as it alternated zone and man defenses to try to limit Carr.In the second half, the Eagles had only six field goals on 24 percent shooting (34 percent overall).However, the Raiders also struggled to score and committed 16 overall turnovers.AU had only five. Colgate took its final lead at 46-45 with on Roemer's contested 3-pointer with 2:24 left.American 52, Colgate 46 COLGATE (18-14) Woodhouse 4-5 0-0 8, Ke.Chones 5-12 3-4 13, Roemer 5-11 4-4 17, Pounds 0-3 0-0 0, Waddy 1-6 1-2 3, Vinson 0-0 0-0 0, Venezia 2-3 0-0 5, Morse 0-1 0-0 0, Jonson 0-1 0-0 0, Minchella 0-0 0-0 0.HalftimeAU 27-24. 3-Point GoalsCol 4-8 (Roemer 3-5, Venezia 1-2, Waddy 0-1), AU 4-17 (Carr 3-7, Mercer 1-3, Hendra 0-2, Borden 0-2, Gilmore 0-3).
For Colgate's Kyle Roemer, that's just the way he likes it. The Raiders' junior captain has propelled his team into its first league title game since 1996.The winner of Friday's Colgate vs.American game gets a berth in the NCAA Tournament, which comes with the national attention not often lavished on Patriot League schools. "I've been here three years and we've been trying to put this program on the map," said Roemer, who arrived on campus in 2004 as Colgate's first scholarship player."Now our chance is here and I'm enjoying it. "I don't think it's about not letting pressure getting to you, I think it's thriving under the pressure and enjoying it.I really enjoy that feeling." Roemer, a second-team All-Patriot League pick this year, has led Colgate to an 18-13 record, including six straight wins - the team's longest win streak since the 1996-97 season.That was the final year of the Adonal Foyle era, which produced two NCAA Tournament berths. Colgate was 10-19 each of the last two seasons, though Roemer did not play last year following ankle surgery.The 6-foot-3, 216-pound guard from Martinez, Calif., is averaging a team-best 16.2 points and 1.35 steals per game this season. So far, Kyle is playing his best basketball with everything on the line." Roemer scored a career-high 32 points in Colgate's quarterfinal win over Lafayette, then followed up with 25 points in a 54-40 win over Bucknell in the semifinals.But against American, Roemer's defense will be tested. However, the Eagles' home is likely to play host to a couple hundred rowdy Colgate supporters - fans who Roemer says have pushed the Raiders to new heights this season. "The biggest thing about our run as been the student body and how supportive they have been," said Roemer, whose team enjoyed playing in front of a rare capacity crowd of 1,301 fans in the Raiders' semifinal game against Bucknell.
Kyle Roemer instructing
Kyle Roemer: Ex College Player, Colgate University
Kyle graduated from De La Salle High School in 2004, where he lead his team to the state championship his senior year. He was the BVAL most valuable player in both his junior and senior seasons. Kyle is the second all-time leading scorer and rebounder in school history. Kyle accepted a scholarship to Colgate University, where he started 105 games and served as team captain. He was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team as Freshman, and lead the league in Rookie scoring. Kyle finished second team all-Patriot league his junior season and first team as a senior. With 1,640 points scored in his career, Kyle is 5th on the all-time list at Colgate. Kyle went on to play professionally in Germany and has since returned to share his knowledge with our players as a coach for ASA.
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