Men's basketball drops Florida opener

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 28, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- Despite 21 points and 13 rebounds from Colby College's Adam Choice, the Ithaca College men's basketball team shot 59 percent from the field for the game in a 101-91 victory over the Mules at the Land of Magic Classic on Friday in Florida.

Colby (6-2) will finish the trip with a noon start against Rensselaer on Saturday.

Sean Burton had 33 points on 7-for-9 shooting from 3-point range for Ithaca (5-3). Sean Leahy added 18 points and Jeff Bostic finished with 16 points.

Choice was 7-for-14 from the field and 7-for-7 from the foul line for the Mules. Mac Simpson chipped in with 17 points and four assists, Michael Russell had 14 points (6-for-6 from the foul line), Mark Gaudet had 12 points, and Artie Cutrone scored 10. Nick Planeta was 4-for-5 from the field for eight points for Colby, which shot 50 percent from the field.

The Bombers shot 62 percent from the field in taking a 56-39 halftime lead. The Mules never took the lead in the second half, but came close a few times. Colby made it 83-82 when Simpson nailed a 3-point shot with 6:27 remaining. Choice nailed two free throws with 3:36 left to cut Ithaca's lead to 91-89, but the Bombers went on an 8-0 run over the next few minutes to pull away.

ITHACA 101, COLBY 91

ITHACA (5-3)

Sean Burton 10-18 6-6 33; Sean Leahy 6-13 4-5 18; Jeff Bostic 8-8 0-0 16; Brendan Rogers 3-4 2-2 9; Dominic Scanlon 1-5 4-7 7; Scott Ruffrage 1-2 4-5 6; Louis Kail 3-4 0-1 6; Tom Brown 3-4 0-2 6; Matt Ruger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-59 20-28 101.

COLBY (6-2)

Adam Choice 7-14 7-7 21; Mac Simpson 6-12 2-2 17; Michael Russell 4-6 6-6 14; Mark Gaudet 3-10 4-6 12; Artie Cutrone 3-5 3-6 10; Nick Planeta 4-5 0-0 8; Justin Sherman 1-1 2-4 4; Christian van Loenen 1-2 0-0 3; Preston Decker 1-3 0-0 2; Gil Haylon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-60 24-31 91.

Ithaca........................  56  45  -  101

Colby.........................  39  52  -  91

3-point goals-Ithaca 11-21 (Sean Burton 7-9; Sean Leahy 2-5; Brendan Rogers 1-1; Dominic Scanlon 1-4; Matt Ruger 0-1; Scott Ruffrage 0-1), Colby 7-17 (Mac Simpson 3-6; Mark Gaudet 2-6; Artie Cutrone 1-1; Christian van Loenen 1-2; Gil Haylon 0-2). Fouled out--Ithaca-None, Colby-None. Rebounds-Ithaca 31 (Tom Brown 7; Jeff Bostic 7), Colby 34 (Adam Choice 13). Assists-Ithaca 14 (Sean Leahy 4), Colby 11 (Mac Simpson 4). Total fouls-Ithaca 23, Colby 23.


 
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