By Brenden Soares
Special to The Independent
A dozen games into his collegiate career, South Kingstown native Keegan Records is finding his way in the hectic world of Division I basketball at Colgate, as the Raiders have managed to get off to a solid 8-4 start to the campaign.
Records, who starred at South Kingstown High School before a post-grad year at St. Andrews, has come off the bench in each game, logging an average of 11.4 minutes per contest, thus earning a spot in the team’s rotation as one of its main reserve options.
The high point of his freshman campaign to date came last Wednesday in Colgate’s 66-58 defeat of Cornell, in which he netted a team-high 12 points in 24 minutes of action, both of which are new personal bests.
It was the second time this winter that Records reached double figures after he went 4-of-4 from the field on his way to a ten-point performance on Nov. 29 versus Siena, helping the Raiders to a 72-62 decision over the Saints.
Defensively, the freshman forward has already made an impact, placing himself third on the team with six blocked shots along with 43 rebounds, good for fourth on the Colgate ledger.
The Raiders are fresh off what is unquestionably the team’s biggest victory of the 2019-20 season, a 67-66 upending of Cincinnati on Saturday in which Colgate shot 63 percent from the field in the second half to knock off the Bearcats.
Colgate is now in the quietest part of the schedule, with Sunday’s non-league tilt versus Columbia representing the Raiders’ only game between now and the second day of the new year, when they will begin Patriot League play by welcoming American.
Hadfield helping Curry
After enduring two straight 1-24 seasons to start his college career, Prout graduate RJ Hadfield’s hopes of finally experiencing more than one victory in a campaign was answered in spades at the outset of the 2019-20 season for Curry.
The Colonels started the winter with three straight wins, defeating Rivier, Lesley and Castleton to begin the year on a roll, before slumping to five defeats on the spin to reach the holiday break with a 3-5 mark.
Hadfield was only able get on the court against Rivier and Castleton, logging just five minutes combined against the Raiders and Spartans while missing the Lesley contest altogether.
The former Crusader’s scoring output has come exclusively from behind the three-point line, shooting 5-of-16 from beyond the arc with a season-high of nine coming in a 19-minute stint versus Emmanuel on Nov. 20.
More recently, Hadfield added to his personal totals on the campaign in Curry’s last game prior to the holiday break, accruing six points in the Colonels’ 98-76 setback to Gordon on Dec. 7 along with three rebounds and four assists.