Men's basketball drops tight game to Bates

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 12, 2008
LEWISTON, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team had 20 offensive rebounds and shot 20-for-23 from the foul line, but Bates College was still able to hold on for a 71-69 non-conference victory over the Mules at Alumni Gymnasium on Saturday.

Colby (9-5) got a game-high 20 points and six rebounds from Adam Choice, who was 8-for-8 from the foul line. Artie Cutrone added 15 points, while Michael Russell had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Mules. Mark Gaudet added 10 points.

Bates (8-3) received 19 points from Bryan Wholey and 13 points from Chris Wilson, who added six assists and shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

The lead changed hands six times in the second half, seven times in the game, and there were 10 ties. The largest lead of the entire game was only eight points, held by the Mules only four minutes into the game at 12-4. Bates' largest lead of seven points came with 2:53 left in the first half (30-23).

A pair of free throws by Cutrone with 5:59 left in the game tied the game for the last time at 61. Alex Gallant responded with his own back-to-back foul shots, and a pair of hoops by Jimmy O'Keefe gave Bates an 8-3 mini-run that put them up 69-64 with 3:44 left.

Both teams managed just one field goal for the remainder of the game. Cutrone hit another pair of foul shots to narrow the gap to three, but Brian Ellis scored inside to bump the lead back to five (71-66) with 2:28 left. They would be Bates' final points.

An offensive rebound and lay-up by Colby's Justin Sherman cut the lead back to three with 2:05 left, and the Mules closed within two when Gaudet hit 1 of 2 foul shots with 40 seconds left in the game.

O'Keefe's inside shot attempt caromed long into the hands of Choice with 10 seconds left in the game, but the Mules missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer.

BATES COLLEGE 71, COLBY COLLEGE 69

COLBY COLLEGE (9-5)

Adam Choice 5-13 8-8 20; Artie Cutrone 4-12 6-6 15; Michael Russell 4-5 3-5 11; Mark Gaudet 4-14 1-2 10; Preston Decker 2-3 0-0 4; Mac Simpson 1-6 0-0 3; Gil Haylon 0-1 2-2 2; Justin Sherman 1-3 0-0 2; David Chase 1-1 0-0 2; Nick Planeta 0-1 0-0 0; Christian van Loenen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 20-23 69.

BATES COLLEGE (8-3)

Bryan Wholey 7-14 4-6 19; Chris Wilson 5-8 0-0 13; Alex Gallant 3-5 2-2 8; Brian Ellis 4-7 0-1 8; Pat Halloran 2-6 0-0 6; Scott Place 2-4 0-0 6; Sean Wirth 2-3 2-3 6; Jimmy O'Keefe 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 27-52 9-14 71.

Colby College.................  31  38  -  69

Bates College.................  36  35  -  71

3-point goals-Colby College 5-18 (Adam Choice 2-3; Mark Gaudet 1-6; Mac Simpson 1-2; Artie Cutrone 1-4; Justin Sherman 0-2; Gil Haylon 0-1), Bates College 8-14 (Chris Wilson 3-5; Scott Place 2-3; Pat Halloran 2-3; Bryan Wholey 1-2; Brian Ellis 0-1). Fouled out--Colby College-None, Bates College-None. Rebounds-Colby College 37 (Michael Russell 10), Bates College 30 (Jimmy O'Keefe 8). Assists-Colby College 7 (Mac Simpson 3), Bates College 15 (Chris Wilson 6). Total fouls-Colby College 17, Bates College 21. A-750


 
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