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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 12, 2013
MEDFORD, Mass. ---- The Colby College men's basketball team had a perfect evening at Tufts University after earning a New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff spot with a 76-65 victory over Connecticut College on Tuesday night.
Colby headed into the night needing Hamilton College to lose to Tufts in the first game of the night. The Mules got their wish when the Jumbos beat the Continentals. That put the Mules in a position to win and be rewarded with a NESCAC playoff spot. Colby and Hamilton each finished with 3-7 records in the league, but the Mules won the head-to-head contest.
Colby earns the eighth seed in the NESCAC tourney and will play at top-seeded Amherst College on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lord Jeffs are 22-2 overall, 10-0 in the league, ranked second nationally, and own a 98-75 victory over the Mules earlier this year at Amherst.
Luke Westman finished with a team-high 18 points and tied a team-high with seven rebounds to lead the Mules. Patrick Stewart added 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting and also had seven rebounds. Chris Hudnut went 10-for-13 from the foul line on the way to 14 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots. Westman, Stewart, and Hudnut are all first-year players for Colby head coach Damien Strahorn.
The Mules (7-16 overall) also received eight points on 3-for-5 shooting from Danny Chase and seven points and three assists by point guard Shane Rogers.
Colby's balanced scoring helped offset a big night for Connecticut College's Matt Vadas, who had 29 points and eight rebounds. Bo McKinley added 14 points and Jared Shill finished with 13 points. The rest of the team combined for just nine points.
The Mules overcame a tough start, falling behind 7-1 in the first 1:57 of the contest and then trailed 21-12 with 12:40 to play to intermission. Westman took over for the Mules for the next five minutes, scoring 11 points and pulling down a pair of boards to cut the margin to 26-24. Sam Willson scored inside to tie the game at 26-26 with 7:41 left.
The Camels, though, stayed around and took a 36-35 lead with 3:21 to halftime. Stewart nailed a 3-point shot with 3:02 left to put Colby up for good and Rogers nailed a jumper for a 40-36 margin at the half.
Colby came out strong in the second half with back-to-back 3-point shots by Stewart and Chase to give the Mules a 46-36 lead. The Mules' biggest lead was 16 points when Hudnut scored on a 3-point play with 15:53 to go.
The Mules led 68-58 with 7:10 to go when the Camels (7-16 overall, 0-10 NESCAC) fought back to give the Mules a little scare. Shill scored with 3:36 to play to cut the margin to 68-65, but the Mules proved too tough from the foul line. Hudnut, Stewart, and Rogers each went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line to put the margin up to 74-65.
COLBY 76, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 65
COLBY (7-16, 3-7 NESCAC)
Luke Westman 6-12 5-8 18; Patrick Stewart 6-9 2-2 16; Chris Hudnut 2-6 10-1314; Danny Chase 3-5 1-1 8; Shane Rogers 2-5 2-2 7; Ryan Jann 1-9 2-4 5;Michael Longinoff 2-4 0-0 4; Jack Crampton 0-0 2-2 2; Sam Willson 1-3 0-0 2;John Gallego 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 24-32 76.
CONNECTICUT COLLEGE (7-16,0-10 NESCAC)
Matt Vadas 9-18 7-9 29; Bo McKinley 4-7 4-4 14; Jared Shill 5-12 3-3 13;Bryan Gross 1-5 0-0 3; Tyrone Turner 1-3 1-3 3; Mason Lopez 1-3 0-0 2; JohnBullitt 0-0 1-2 1; Austin Brown 0-2 0-0 0; Aaron McBurnie 0-3 0-0 0; PatDeegan 0-0 0-0 0; Jethro Anilus 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-55 16-21 65.
Colby......................... 40 36 - 76
Connecticut College........... 36 29 - 65
3-point goals--Colby 6-18 (Patrick Stewart 2-2; Ryan Jann 1-7; Danny Chase1-2; Luke Westman 1-2; Shane Rogers 1-3; Sam Willson 0-1; Chris Hudnut 0-1),Connecticut College 7-19 (Matt Vadas 4-8; Bo McKinley 2-4; Bryan Gross 1-3;Mason Lopez 0-2; Jethro Anilus 0-2). Fouled out--Colby-None, ConnecticutCollege-John Bullitt; Mason Lopez. Rebounds--Colby 33 (Patrick Stewart 7;Luke Westman 7), Connecticut College 37 (Matt Vadas 8). Assists--Colby 13(Shane Rogers 3; Ryan Jann 3), Connecticut College 8 (Jared Shill 4). Totalfouls--Colby 18, Connecticut College 25. Technical fouls--Colby-None,Connecticut College-None. A-100
2013 NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship
Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 16 (at Higher Seeds)
#8 Colby at #1 Amherst – 2:00 pm
#7 Bates at #2 Williams – 2:00 pm
#6 Wesleyan at #3 Middlebury – 3:00 pm
#5 Bowdoin at #4 Tufts – 2:00 pm
Semifinals – Saturday, February 23 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Championship – Sunday, February 24
NOTE: If both the men's and women's semifinals and finals are being played at the same site, all semifinal games shall be played on Saturday (with one set of games at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and the other at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm). Both championship games shall be played on Sunday (at 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm). In odd years, the men's games shall be played first with the women's games played at the conclusion of the men's games.