Cohen earns NESCAC basketball honor

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 12, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine ---­ Colby College men’s basketball player Drew Cohen (Hackley School/Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), who helped the Mules to two important league victories this past weekend, was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week ending February 11.

Cohen averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, 5.5 blocked shots and four assists in two NESCAC victories at Bates College and Tufts University. Cohen had 25 points on 11-for-20 shooting, 11 rebounds, eight blocked shots, seven assists and no turnovers in an 89-84 win at Tufts. With Colby up 85-84, Cohen blocked a shot with 12 seconds left and the Mules hit their free throws to earn the win.

At Bates on Friday, Cohen had 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in a 63-62 win. Once again he came up with a big block, this time with the Mules trailing by one point with 21 seconds left Cohen batted a shot away and the Mules eventually got the game-winning free throws. Cohen shot 58 percent from the field in the two games.

Cohen is up to 79 blocks this season and has 282 for his career. He also has 1,170 points and 655 rebounds in his career.

In the latest NESCAC statistics, Cohen ranks first in the league in blocked shots (3.59), second in rebounding (8.7) and ninth in scoring (15.0). Cohen was third nationally in blocked shots per game last week and should move up in the rankings when they come out Tuesday. Cohen led NCAA Division III in blocked shots last year.

Cohen was a preseason All-America selection by and made NESCAC first team all-conference last year. He also was honored as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Cohen and the fifth-seeded Mules (14-10) will play a NESCAC quarterfinal game this Saturday at 2 p.m. at fourth-seeded Middlebury College. The game was originally set for a 3 p.m. start.

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