Men's basketball wins at Maine Event

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 29, 2006

STANDISH, Maine --- For the second time this month, the Colby College men's basketball team used a big second half in pulling away for a 78-59 win over University of Southern Maine on the first day of the Maine Event on Friday at St. Joseph's College.

The Mules, now 6-3 overall and winners of four straight games, will play St. Joseph's in the title game Saturday at 3 p.m. The Monks (6-3) took a 73-53 win against Husson (7-2) in the other game.

Mark Gaudet pumped in 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 accuracy from 3-point range for Colby. First-year forward Adam Choice had 11 of his 15 points in the second half and was 7-for-11 from the field, including a fine 5-for-6 effort in the second half.

Colby took an 83-57 win over Southern Maine (4-6) on December 2. In that game the Mules only held a 34-32 lead at halftime before pulling away. The Huskies led 33-31 at the break in Friday's game only to see Colby explode for 65.5 percent (19-for-29) shooting over the final 20 minutes.

The Mules and USM were tied 38-38 when Colby used a 12-0 run to take control of the game.

Nick Farrell added 14 points for Colby, while center Drew Cohen finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Nick Planeta was 4-for-5 from the field for eight points and five rebounds, while Michael Westbrooks had five assists and five rebounds.

Drew Coppenrath led the Huskies with 12 points and eight rebounds.

COLBY 78, SOUTHERN MAINE 59

COLBY (6-3)

Mark Gaudet 6-8 2-2 17; Adam Choice 7-11 0-0 15; Nick Farrell 5-16 3-4 14; Drew Cohen 4-8 2-3 11; Nick Planeta 4-5 0-2 8; Mac Simpson 1-2 2-2 4; Michael Westbrooks 2-6 0-0 4; Jon Bandi 1-2 1-1 3; Chris Lemmons 1-1 0-1 2; Artie Cutrone 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-60 10-15 78.

SOUTHERN MAINE (4-6)

Drew Coppenrath 5-12 1-2 12; Greg Whitaker 5-8 1-2 11; Nick Gooding 3-10 2-3 8; Troy Gabriele 3-3 0-0 7; Foster Oakley 2-6 0-0 6; Josh Daniels 1-6 3-6 5; Charlie O'Neill 1-6 1-2 3; John Sewall 1-5 0-0 3; Ellison Espinal 0-1 2-2 2; Martin Jordan 1-4 0-2 2; Chris Havens 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-62 10-19 59.

Colby.........................  31  47  -  78

Southern Me...................  33  26  -  59

3-point goals-Colby 6-17 (Mark Gaudet 3-4; Drew Cohen 1-1; Nick Farrell 1-8; Adam Choice 1-3; Michael Westbrooks 0-1), Southern Me. 5-18 (Foster Oakley 2-4; Drew Coppenrath 1-2; Troy Gabriele 1-1; John Sewall 1-4; Martin Jordan 0-2; Josh Daniels 0-3; Greg Whitaker 0-2). Fouled out--Colby-None, Southern Me.-None. Rebounds-Colby 40 (Drew Cohen 8), Southern Me. 37 (Nick Gooding 8; Drew Coppenrath 8). Assists-Colby 21 (Michael Westbrooks 5), Southern Me. 8 (John Sewall 2; Nick Gooding 2). Total fouls-Colby 13, Southern Me. 14. A-200


 
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