Men's basketball falls to Babson in title game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 18, 2012
Athletics Preview Photos

Patrick Stewart (Dustin Satloff Photography)

BABSON PARK, Mass. --- The Colby College men's basketball team got off to a great start with a 7-0 run to start the contest, but Babson College bounced back to take a 31-25 halftime margin on the way to a 60-54 victory in the title game of the Babson Invitational on Sunday.

Babson improved to 2-0 overall and the Mules fell to 1-1. Colby will play at University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Colby first-year Chris Hudnut earned all-tournament team honors and finished with a game-high 18 points, including a 2-for-3 effort from 3-point range. He also nailed four of his five free throw attempts. Hudnut is averaging 16 points in his first two games of the season.

Babson's John Wickey scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to earn most valuable player honors. Babson guard Kenny Ross was also selected to the all-tournament team for Babson. Isiah Pringle of Salve Regina University and senior Dailon Wilson of Wentworth were both on the team.

The Mules surged out to the quick 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of play, but Matt Palazini scored 10 of his 13 points during a 13-2 Babson run that put the hosts in front, 13-9, with 12:05 to go in the first half. The two teams battled back-and-forth until the final 90 seconds, when Babson used a 6-0 run – including five points by Wickey – to take the six-point halftime margin. 

The Beavers increased their advantage to as many as 12 twice in the second half, including a 51-39 lead following a Russell Braithwaite basket with 10:25 left, and still led by as many as 11 after a Braithwaite jumper made it 55-44 with 7:37 to go. Colby refused to go quietly, rattling off 10 straight points, including three free throws by Hudnut and a three-pointer by Connor O'Neil, to close the gap to just one (55-54) with two minutes left in the game.

After the two teams exchanged misses, David Mack made perhaps the biggest play of the game when he grabbed an offensive rebound in traffic and turned it into a conventional three-point play that made it a two-possession game (58-54) with 53.0 seconds on the clock. Ross then followed with a huge steal and fast-break lay-up to make it a six-point game with 25 seconds left. Colby would miss its final two shots.

O'Neil had eight points, four rebounds, and three assists for Colby. Patrick Stewart added seven points and five boards, while Ryan Jann had a team-high seven rebounds and four points. Shane Rogers and Jonathan Kalin both had four assists in the game.

Both teams shot 36.4 percent from the field and the Mules held a 42-35 rebounding advantage. However, Babson had just 11 turnovers to Colby's 20.

BABSON COLLEGE 60, COLBY COLLEGE 54

COLBY COLLEGE (1-1) Chris Hudnut 6-14 4-5 18; Connor O'Neil 2-6 2-2 8; Patrick Stewart 3-7 0-0 7; Nick Rimsa 2-3 0-0 4; Shane Rogers 2-6 0-0 4; Ryan Jann 1-7 1-2 4; Gordon Fischer 1-1 0-0 3; John Gallego 1-1 0-0 2; Jonathan Kalin 1-2 0-0 2; Luke Westman 1-3 0-0 2; Sam Willson 0-1 0-0 0; Jack Crampton 0-3 0-0 0; Danny Chase 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 7-9 54. BABSON COLLEGE (2-0) John Wickey 6-12 2-4 16; Matt Palazini 5-15 1-2 13; Russell Braithwaite 5-10 0-0 10; Travis Sheldon 3-9 0-0 8; David Mack 2-8 1-1 5; Kenny Ross 2-8 1-3 5; Peter Foley 1-3 1-2 3; Adam Farina 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-66 6-12 60. Colby College................. 25 29  - 54 Babson College................ 31 29  - 60 3-point goals-Colby College 7-23 (Chris Hudnut 2-3; Connor O'Neil 2-6; Patrick Stewart 1-3; Ryan Jann 1-6; Gordon Fischer 1-1; Luke Westman 0-1; Jonathan Kalin 0-1; Shane Rogers 0-2), Babson College 6-18 (Travis Sheldon 2-5; Matt Palazini 2-9; John Wickey 2-3; Kenny Ross 0-1). Fouled out--Colby College-None, Babson College-None. Rebounds-Colby College 42 (Ryan Jann 7), Babson College 35 (David Mack 8; Peter Foley 8). Assists-Colby College 15 (Jonathan Kalin 4; Shane Rogers 4), Babson College 12 (Kenny Ross 5). Total fouls-Colby College 17, Babson College 12. A-150


 
Related Links: