Cohen earns ECAC basketball honor

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 14, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine -­- Colby College men’s basketball player Drew Cohen (Hackley School/Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), who helped the Mules earn the fifth seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs, was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III Player of the Week for the week ending February 11.

Cohen is the second Colby player to receive the ECAC honor in two weeks. Teammate Nick Farrell earned the honor last week. 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.

Cohen, named the NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday, helped the Mules to two important league victories this past weekend. He 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 is third nationally in blocked shots per game.

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 after leading Division III in total blocked shots and blocked shots per game.

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