Mark Linebaugh hit a shot from halfcourt as time expired yesterday, giving Colgate a 60-59 victory over American University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Glenn Stokes hit a jumper from the corner with 1.5 seconds to go to give American a 59-57 lead.

Following a Colgate timeout, Tim Sullivan found Linebaugh with the inbounds pass for the game-winner.

Dave Hardy had 16 points for Colgate (12-13, 7-5 Patriot League); Linebaugh added 14, Howard Blue 11 and Martin Marek 10.

Stokes and Steven Miles each had 14 points for American (12-13, 7-5); Matej Cresnik added 11.

The Eagles led 29-24 at halftime.

* HOLY CROSS 63, NAVY 42: In Worcester, Mass., Brian Wilson scored 16 points as the Crusaders clinched the Patriot League regular season championship.

Jave Meade added 10 points and eight assists for Holy Cross (21-4, 11-1), which won for the 14th time in 15 games and finished unbeaten at home (11-0) for the first time since the 1960-61 season.

Navy (6-19, 2-10) was led by Jason Jeanpierre with 11 points and Mitch Moore with 10.

Navy pulled to 43-32 in the second half on a dunk by Quintrell McCreary and Taj Mathews's three-pointer, but the Crusaders extended the lead to 58-37 with 3 minutes 28 seconds to play.

* KENTUCKY 70, MISSISSIPPI STATE 62: Keith Bogans had 18 points and seven rebounds as the No. 2 Wildcats extended the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games with the win in Lexington, Ky.

Cliff Hawkins added 14 points for the Wildcats (22-3, 12-0 Southeastern Conference). Mario Austin had 20 points and eight rebounds for the No. 19 Bulldogs (17-6, 7-5), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Kentucky appeared on its way to its 11th straight double-digit victory after Marquis Estill's dunk with 10:10 left put the Wildcats up 58-42.

But Kentucky went cold after that, missing eight straight shots and going nearly five minutes without scoring.

"Once we got the lead, we got timid. We stopped attacking," said former DeMatha star Bogans, who was 6 for 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 from three-point range.

The Bulldogs committed four turnovers in a three-minute span and trailed 32-13 after Bogans's three-pointer with 6:26 left in the opening half. But a three-pointer by Timmy Bowers just before halftime trimmed Kentucky's lead to 38-28.

"Most teams get down 19 to UK in this place, you might as well start the bus," Mississippi State Coach Rick Stansbury said. "Our kids didn't quit."

* SYRACUSE 76, MICHIGAN STATE 75: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the visiting No. 15 Orangemen held on to beat the Spartans.

The Spartans had three chances to win in the final 10 seconds. Kelvin Torbert hit the rim on a short side jumper, Adam Ballinger missed on a tap and Alan Anderson misfired from the lane after grabbing a loose ball.

Hakim Warrick contributed 17 points for Syracuse (19-4), which has won six of its last seven games.

Chris Hill scored a career-high 34 points, including a school-record 10 three-pointers, for Michigan State (14-11).

The game was tied for an 11th time with 12 minutes left when Hill made his ninth three-pointer, which tied the school record set by Shawn Respert in 1995.