Men's basketball falls on long shot at buzzer

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 3, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine ­-- St. Joseph’s College first-year guard Eric Friend (Portland, Maine) nailed a 60-foot shot at the buzzer to lift the Monks to a stunning 85-83 victory over Colby College in non-conference men’s basketball Thursday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

St. Joseph’s (3-4) battled back from a seven-point deficit with 1:21 left in the game to go ahead 82-80 on a 3-point shot by Alberto Rue (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) with seven seconds left. Colby (7-3), though, went ahead 83-82 when Mark Gaudet (Bingham, Maine) nailed three straight free throws with 0.9 seconds left after he was fouled on a 3-point shot.

After a timeout, Friend received the inbounds pass and without taking a dribble nailed the 60-foot shot at the buzzer to set off a wild celebration by the Monks.

The difference in the game came down to free throw shooting. St. Joseph’s shot 17-for-21 from the line, including an 11-for-12 effort in the second half. The Mules were 15-for-28 from the line for the game after going 2-for-2 in the first half.

Colby led 77-70 with 1:21 left, but the Monks battled back with a 3-point shot by Friend with 1:02 remaining to cut the margin to four. The Mules’ Artie Cutrone (Garden City, N.Y.) nailed two free throws to make it 79-73, however the Monks quickly scored again on a lay-up by Elbie Murphy (Loudonville, N.Y.) with 40 seconds left.

Michael Russell (Wellesley, Mass.) made one of his two free throws for Colby with 38 seconds left for an 80-75 margin. The Monks cut the lead to three on a lay-up by Raymond Eatmon (Huntington, N.Y.) with 33 seconds left. After Colby missed two free throws, Murphy went 2-for-2 from the foul line with 19 seconds remaining to make it 80-79. The Mules again missed two free throws and then Rue hit his 3-point shot with seven seconds left for an 82-80 lead for the Monks.

Murphy finished with 20 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three blocks for St. Joseph’s. Friend went 9-for-12 from the field and also had 20 points. Rue finished with 13 points and Eatmon scored 12 and added five assists.

Cutrone led Colby with 24 points, while Russell finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Mac Simpson (Casco, Maine) had 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists for the Mules. Colby also received 11 points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots from Adam Choice (Newport, R.I.).

ST. JOSEPH'S 85, COLBY 83

ST. JOSEPH'S (3-4)

Elbie Murphy 6-13 5-6 20; Eric Friend 9-12 0-0 20; Alberto Rue 4-7 2-2 13; Raymond Eatmon 5-11 2-2 12; Chris Davis 2-5 2-4 6; Scot Vachon 2-8 2-2 6; Alonso Davis 1-1 0-1 2; Mitch Ouellet 1-6 0-0 2; Tyler Kelley 0-2 0-0 0; Bobby Russo 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-67 17-21 85.

COLBY (7-3)

Artie Cutrone 9-15 4-8 24; Michael Russell 7-9 1-2 15; Mac Simpson 5-15 5-10 15; Adam Choice 4-9 2-5 11; Mark Gaudet 2-9 3-3 8; Christian van Loenen 2-3 0-0 6; Preston Decker 1-4 0-0 2; Justin Sherman 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 31-67 15-28 83.

St. Joseph's..................  39  46  -  85

Colby.........................  42  41  -  83

3-point goals-St. Joseph's 8-20 (Elbie Murphy 3-7; Alberto Rue 3-4; Eric Friend 2-4; Tyler Kelley 0-2; Bobby Russo 0-2; Chris Davis 0-1), Colby 6-19 (Christian van Loenen 2-2; Artie Cutrone 2-4; Adam Choice 1-2; Mark Gaudet 1-5; Mac Simpson 0-6). Fouled out--St. Joseph's-None, Colby-None. Rebounds-St. Joseph's 37 (Raymond Eatmon 14), Colby 45 (Michael Russell 12). Assists-St. Joseph's 20 (Scot Vachon 5; Raymond Eatmon 5), Colby 17 (Mac Simpson 6). Total fouls-St. Joseph's 18, Colby 16. A-250


 
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