Men's basketball defeats Wesleyan

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 14, 2009
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Adam Choice

WATERVILLE, Maine --- With many of the all-time Colby College greats sitting in the stands, junior forward Adam Choice (Newport, R.I.) put on a show with 28 points and 12 rebounds as the Mules got ready for the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs with a 68-56 men’s basketball win over Wesleyan University in the regular season finale at Wadsworth Gymnasium on Saturday.

Colby earned the fourth seed in the NESCAC playoffs and will play host to fifth-seeded Bowdoin College at 3 p.m. next Saturday in a quarterfinal game. The Mules finished the regular season at 17-7 overall and 6-3 in the league. Wesleyan ends the season at 6-17 and 2-7 in league play.

A large contingent of former Colby men’s basketball players watched the game and were later going to honor head coach Dick Whitmore for his 600th win in an evening ceremony. Whitmore won his 600th game back on January 17 at home against Bowdoin and now has a 607-321 record in his 38th season.

Choice shot 10-for-13 from the field and 8-for-12 from the foul line. He also had two assists, two blocked shots, and two steals. Choice ranks in a tie for 26th all-time in scoring at Colby with 1,068 points.

Michael Russell (Wellesley, Mass.) had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Mules, while Justin Sherman (Piedmont, Calif.) added 11 points. Gil Haylon came off the bench and was 3-for-3 from 3-point range for nine points. Point guard Artie Cutrone (Garden City, N.Y.), one of four seniors honored before their final regular season home game, had seven assists, six points, and two blocked shots.

Stan Grayson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced Wesleyan with 11 of his team-high 15 points in the first half. Grayson also had 11 rebounds and a pair of assists. Jason Mendell (Bedford, N.Y.) had 14 points, while Kevin Scura (Concord, N.H.) had nine points and three assists.

Wesleyan got off to a terrific start and led 11-1 about four minutes into the first half. The Cardinals’ biggest lead was at 23-10 when Mendell hit a 3-point shot with 10:13 to play.

The Mules steadily chipped away at the lead behind 12 points from Choice in the opening 20 minutes. His jumper with 44 seconds left put the Mules down only one point at 32-31 at the break.

Wesleyan hung tough for the first 15 minutes of the second half. The Cardinals kept the lead for much of that time and still led 52-50 when Mendell nailed another 3-point shot with 5:50 to play. Haylon answered with back-to-back 3-point shots and Russell hit a layup to spark an 8-0 Colby run to put the Mules on top for good at 58-52. Colby outscored the Cardinals 8-3 over the final 2:21 to pull away.

The Mules shot 53 percent from the field (27-for-51) and had just six turnovers. Wesleyan had a 34-28 rebounding advantage.

COLBY 68, WESLEYAN 56

WESLEYAN (6-17, 2-7 NESCAC)

Stan Grayson 6-12 3-6 15; Jason Mendell 4-12 3-4 14; Kevin Scura 3-11 0-0 9;

Jon Sargent 2-4 0-0 5; David Maltz 2-3 0-2 4; Otis Poisson 1-1 0-0 3; Matt

Figueroa 1-5 0-0 3; Gabe Gonz.-Kreisberg 1-3 0-0 3; Neal Creeden 0-0 0-0 0;

Michael Battle 0-0 0-0 0; Phil Clark 0-0 0-0 0; Steve Tolbert 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 20-51 6-12 56.

COLBY (17-7, 6-3 NESCAC)

Adam Choice 10-13 8-12 28; Michael Russell 6-12 2-3 14; Justin Sherman 5-9

0-0 11; Gil Haylon 3-3 0-0 9; Artie Cutrone 3-11 0-0 6; Christian Van Loenen

0-1 0-0 0; Alex Swanson 0-0 0-0 0; Eric Beaulieu 0-0 0-0 0; Kyle Donovan 0-0

0-0 0; Nick Planeta 0-0 0-0 0; Tim Concannon 0-0 0-0 0; Chris Lemmons 0-0

0-0 0; Mac Simpson 0-1 0-0 0; Chas Woodward 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 10-15

68.

Wesleyan......................   32   24  -   56

Colby.........................   31   37  -   68

3-point goals--Wesleyan 10-21 (Kevin Scura 3-7; Jason Mendell 3-6; Gabe

Gonz.-Kreisberg 1-3; Matt Figueroa 1-2; Jon Sargent 1-2; Otis Poisson 1-1),

Colby 4-10 (Gil Haylon 3-3; Justin Sherman 1-1; Artie Cutrone 0-3; Christian

Van Loenen 0-1; Mac Simpson 0-1; Adam Choice 0-1). Fouled

out--Wesleyan-None, Colby-None. Rebounds--Wesleyan 34 (Stan Grayson 11),

Colby 28 (Adam Choice 12). Assists--Wesleyan 13 (Kevin Scura 3; Matt

Figueroa 3), Colby 15 (Artie Cutrone 7). Total fouls--Wesleyan 14, Colby 11.

Technical fouls--Wesleyan-None, Colby-None. A-800

 

2009 Men’s Basketball Championship Seeding

Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 21 at higher seeds

No. 8 Connecticut College at No. 1 Middlebury – 3:00 p.m.

No. 7 Trinity at No. 2 Amherst – 2:00 p.m.

No. 6 Bates at No. 3 Williams – 3:00 p.m.

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

 

Semifinals – Saturday, February 28 at highest remaining seed (2:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.)

Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed

Remaining quarterfinal winners

 

Championship – Sunday, March 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Semifinal winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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