Men's basketball holds off Thomas

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 10, 2009
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Michael Russell

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Michael Russell (Wellesley, Mass.) finished with 15 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots as the Colby College men’s basketball team held on for a 63-58 win over Thomas College in non-conference play Tuesday night against the Waterville rivals at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

The Mules are 15-7 overall heading into Friday’s 7 p.m. home game with Connecticut College. Thomas, coached by Colby graduate TJ Maines, fell to 10-10 overall. Colby head coach Dick Whitmore is 16-0 in his coaching career against the Terriers.

Russell came up with big points and rebounds in the final minutes of the game. He hit a layup with 2:47 to play to give the Mules a 57-52 lead. Thomas cut the margin to 59-56 on a basket by James Liebowitz (Winslow, Maine), but Russell pulled away an offensive rebound with 21.6 seconds to play and made one free throw (there was a lane violation on the second) for a four-point lead.

After a layup by the Terriers’ Andrew Duncanson (Portland, Maine) cut the lead to 60-58 with 14.5 seconds to play, the Mules sealed the win when Christian Van Loenen (Falmouth, Maine) nailed two free throws with 13.2 seconds left.

Adam Choice (Newport, R.I.), fresh off going over 1,000 career points in his last game, had a game-high 21 points. Justin Sherman (Piedmont, Calif.) added 11 points and six rebounds, while Van Loenen added seven points, six rebounds, and four assists.

Duncanson had 18 points, including an 8-for-8 effort from the foul line, to lead Thomas. Shawn Rodgers (Philadelphia, Pa.) had 13 points and nine rebounds.

COLBY 63, THOMAS 58

THOMAS (10-10)

Andrew Duncanson 5-13 8-8 18; Shawn Rodgers 4-5 5-7 13; Darrell Alexander

2-8 4-4 10; Michael Burchill 2-5 0-0 6; Isaiah Brathwaite 2-8 1-3 6; James

Liebowitz 2-7 0-0 5; Mike Ross 0-0 0-0 0; James Veino 0-0 0-0 0; Antonio

Juco 0-2 0-0 0; Travis Pettus 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 18-22 58.

COLBY (15-7)

Adam Choice 8-15 5-5 21; Michael Russell 6-13 3-8 15; Justin Sherman 5-9 0-2

11; Christian Van Loenen 2-7 2-4 7; Gil Haylon 0-0 3-4 3; Mac Simpson 1-2

1-2 3; Artie Cutrone 1-9 0-1 3; Nick Planeta 0-1 0-0 0; Chas Woodward 0-1

0-0 0; Kyle Donovan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-57 14-26 63.

Thomas........................   23   35  -   58

Colby.........................   31   32  -   63

3-point goals--Thomas 6-23 (Darrell Alexander 2-6; Michael Burchill 2-3;

Isaiah Brathwaite 1-5; James Liebowitz 1-5; Antonio Juco 0-2; Andrew

Duncanson 0-2), Colby 3-8 (Justin Sherman 1-2; Christian Van Loenen 1-3;

Artie Cutrone 1-2; Adam Choice 0-1). Fouled out--Thomas-None, Colby-None.

Rebounds--Thomas 29 (Shawn Rodgers 9), Colby 46 (Michael Russell 15).

Assists--Thomas 9 (Andrew Duncanson 3), Colby 15 (Michael Russell 4;

Christian Van Loenen 4). Total fouls--Thomas 22, Colby 16. Technical

fouls--Thomas-None, Colby-Michael Russell. A-350

 


 
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