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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 15, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team heads into the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league after finishing the regular season with three straight conference wins.
The Mules (14-10) hope to keep that momentum on Saturday when they travel to fourth-seeded Middlebury College for a 2 p.m. NESCAC quarterfinal game. The game can be listened to on Middlebury's radio station at http://wrmc.middlebury.edu/listen/
Colby beat Bowdoin, Bates and Tufts over an eight-day span to go from fighting to get into the eight-team field to earning the fifth seed.
Senior co-captains Nick Farrell and Drew Cohen have been the go-to players for Colby this season. Farrell leads the NESCAC in scoring at 19 points per game and is fourth in steals (1.83 spg) and seventh in assists (4.04 apg). Meanwhile, Cohen is first in the league and third nationally in blocked shots per game (3.59) while ranking second in the conference in rebounding (8.7) and ninth in scoring (15.0). Both players have earned NESCAC and ECAC Player of the Week honors in the past two weeks. Cohen was named to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week on Thursday after averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds, 5.5 blocked shots and four assists in two NESCAC wins over Bates and Tufts last weekend.
Colby first-year player Adam Choice continues to play well with a 9.2 scoring average and 5.9 boards per game. Of players with 75 shots or more, Choice is first in field goal percentage at .473.
Middlebury (15-9) is hosting a NESCAC playoff game for the first time at Pepin Gym. The Panthers took a 100-93 win over the Mules at home back on January 12 in the first league game for both teams. Middlebury shot 58 percent from the field that night and made 13 3-point shots.
Andrew Harris leads the Panthers at 13.1 points per game, while Evan Thompson averages 12.8 points. Thompson shot 8-for-10 from the field and had a team-high 24 points in the win over Colby in the regular season.
2007 Men’s Basketball Championship Seeding
Quarterfinals Saturday, February 17 at higher seeds
No. 8 Bates at No. 1 Amherst 3:00 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Trinity 3:00 p.m.
No. 6 Tufts at No. 3 Williams - 2:00 p.m.
No. 5 Colby at No. 4 Middlebury 2:00 p.m.
Semifinals Saturday, February 24 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 25 at 12:00 p.m.