Choice leads Mules, Colby draws Amherst in playoffs

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 13, 2010
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Adam Choice

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Adam Choice (Newport, R.I.) finished his final regular season game with the Colby College men's basketball team with a hard slam dunk to go over 30 points on the day as the Mules got ready for the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs with a 61-45 win over Wesleyan University on Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

The Mules move to 18-5 overall and finished 6-3 in the conference to earn the third seed in the playoffs. Colby will entertain sixth-seeded Amherst College next Saturday at 4 p.m. in a league quarterfinal game. Meanwhile, Wesleyan's big overtime win over Bowdoin College on Friday night helped the Cardinals earn the eighth seed and they will play at top-seeded Williams College at 4 p.m. next Saturday.

Choice went over 1,500 career points and moved into eighth place on Colby's all-time scoring list with 31 points and nine rebounds Saturday against the Cardinals. The senior guard/forward was 11-for-18 from the field and 9-for-9 from the foul line. Choice moved past Ken Stone (1,500 points from 1961-64) on Colby's scoring list and now has 1,518 points and 637 rebounds.

Choice had 15 of Colby's 31 points as the Mules took a 31-22 lead into halftime. He then scored eight of the Mules' opening 11 points of the second half to give his team a 42-28 margin with 13:29 to play. The Cardinals got as close as eight points at 45-37 when Mike Callaghan (Madison, Conn.) scored with 7:58 to play. Colby, though, quickly got the lead back up to double digits and the Cardinals were unable to make another threat. Choice's final points in a regular season game was a breakaway dunk with 1:30 to play.

Justin Sherman (Piedmont, Calif.), also playing in his final regular season game, had 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting and dished four assists. Christian Van Loenen (Falmouth, Maine) added seven points and four assists, while Mike Russell (Wellesley, Mass.) had five points and nine boards.

Callaghan led Wesleyan with 11 points and five rebounds, while Greg St. Jean (Danville, Calif.) scored eight and had three assists.

The Mules had a 43-25 advantage in rebounding and held Wesleyan (11-13, 3-6 NESCAC) to just 25.5 percent shooting from the field. 

Colby will be playing a home quarterfinal game for the second straight year. The Mules fell to Bowdoin last year in the opening playoff game.

COLBY 61, WESLEYAN 45

WESLEYAN (11-13,3-6 NESCAC)

Mike Callaghan 4-10 3-4 11; Greg St. Jean 2-3 4-4 8; Jason Mendell 2-7 1-2

7; Shasha Brown 2-9 2-4 6; Derick Beresford 2-9 0-0 5; David Maltz 1-4 1-2

3; Jeremy Kaminer 0-3 2-2 2; Matt Callori 0-0 2-2 2; Ameer Brown 0-0 1-2 1;

Neal Creeden 0-1 0-0 0; David Fogel 0-2 0-0 0; Otis Poisson 0-1 0-0 0; Kevin

Scura 0-1 0-0 0; Matt Hogan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-51 16-22 45.

COLBY (18-5, 6-3 NESCAC)

Adam Choice 11-18 9-9 31; Justin Sherman 3-5 4-8 10; Christian Van Loenen

3-6 1-1 7; Mike Russell 2-5 1-2 5; Eric Beaulieu 2-2 0-1 4; Chas Woodward

2-4 0-1 4; Gordon Fischer 0-0 0-0 0; Tim Concannon 0-1 0-0 0; Ben Foreman

0-0 0-0 0; Gil Haylon 0-2 0-0 0; Noah Atlas 0-0 0-0 0; Gus David 0-0 0-0 0;

Alex Swanson 0-0 0-0 0; Dominique Kone 0-0 0-0 0; Kyle Donovan 0-1 0-0 0.

Totals 23-44 15-22 61.

Wesleyan......................   22   23  -   45

Colby.........................   31   30  -   61

3-point goals--Wesleyan 3-19 (Jason Mendell 2-5; Derick Beresford 1-6;

Shasha Brown 0-2; Jeremy Kaminer 0-2; David Fogel 0-1; Otis Poisson 0-1;

Greg St. Jean 0-1; Mike Callaghan 0-1), Colby 0-5 (Adam Choice 0-2; Tim

Concannon 0-1; Gil Haylon 0-2). Fouled out--Wesleyan-Shasha Brown,

Colby-None. Rebounds--Wesleyan 25 (Jason Mendell 6), Colby 43 (Adam Choice

9; Mike Russell 9). Assists--Wesleyan 8 (Greg St. Jean 3), Colby 13

(Christian Van Loenen 4; Justin Sherman 4). Total fouls--Wesleyan 20, Colby

18. Technical fouls--Wesleyan-None, Colby-None. A-475

2010 Men's Basketball Championship Seeding

Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 20 at higher seeds

No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Williams – 4:00 p.m.

No. 7 Trinity at No. 2 Middlebury – 3:00 p.m.

No. 6 Amherst at No. 3 Colby – 4:00 p.m.

No. 5 Bowdoin at No. 4 Bates – 3:00 p.m. 

Semifinals – Saturday, February 27 at highest remaining seed (2:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.)

Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed

Remaining quarterfinal winners 

Championship – Sunday, February 28 at 12:00 p.m.

Semifinal winners

 

 

 
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