Men's basketball wins Maine Event title

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 30, 2006
STANDISH, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team made it five wins in a row and captured the Maine Event tournament title for the first time since the 2003-04 season with a 73-61 win over St. Joseph's College in the championship game Saturday at St. Joseph's.

Colby senior point guard Nick Farrell earned tournament MVP honors with 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the title game win over the Monks (6-4). First-year forward Adam Choice made the all-tournament team after finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Choice shot 12-for-20 from the field in two tourney games.

The Mules last won the Maine Event title at Colby's Wadsworth Gymnasium during the 2003-04 season.

Colby (7-3) was 2-3, including a loss to Division I school Davidson College, before going a perfect 5-0 in the month of December.

Colby had all five of its starters in double figures in scoring against St. Joseph's. Senior center Drew Cohen had 14 points and six rebounds, junior guard Mark Gaudet added 10 points and senior forward Michael Westbrooks finished with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds. Mac Simpson chipped in with seven points off the bench for the winners.

The Mules led 33-28 at halftime and used a 13-3 run to start the second half to take a 46-31 margin. The Monks got as close as seven points at 59-52 after Raymond Eatmon hit a jumper with 5:33 remaining. However, Colby scored the next five points to take control.

Chad Pulkkinen, who also made the all-tournament team, led the Monks with 18 points.

The Mules take their winning streak into the Hall of Fame Tournament and a game with host Springfield College this Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

COLBY 73, ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) 61

COLBY (7-3)

Nick Farrell 7-15 2-4 18; Drew Cohen 3-9 8-10 14; Adam Choice 5-9 0-0 12; Michael Westbrooks 5-7 0-2 10; Mark Gaudet 3-6 4-4 10; Mac Simpson 2-5 2-2 7; Jon Bandi 1-4 0-0 2; Artie Cutrone 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-56 16-22 73.

ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) (6-4)

Chad Pulkkinen 4-13 9-11 18; Raymond Eatmon 6-6 0-2 12; Marcus Alexander 5-9 1-2 11; Elbie Murphy 3-15 5-8 11; R.J. Mattison 1-10 0-0 3; Colby Emmons 1-3 0-0 2; Pat Mileski 1-5 0-0 2; Mitch Ouellet 1-1 0-0 2; Scot Vachon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 15-23 61.

Colby.........................  33  40  -  73

St. Joseph's (Me.)............  28  33  -  61

3-point goals-Colby 5-14 (Nick Farrell 2-6; Adam Choice 2-2; Mac Simpson 1-3; Mark Gaudet 0-2; Jon Bandi 0-1), St. Joseph's (Me.) 2-19 (Chad Pulkkinen 1-6; R.J. Mattison 1-5; Elbie Murphy 0-3; Pat Mileski 0-4; Scot Vachon 0-1). Fouled out--Colby-None, St. Joseph's (Me.)-Colby Emmons. Rebounds-Colby 37 (Adam Choice 7), St. Joseph's (Me.) 42 (Elbie Murphy 9). Assists-Colby 15 (Nick Farrell 7), St. Joseph's (Me.) 6 (R.J. Mattison 2; Scot Vachon 2). Total fouls-Colby 19, St. Joseph's (Me.) 21. A-200


 
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