Men's basketball beats Tufts, makes playoffs

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 16, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team is headed to the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs after taking a 71-68 win against Tufts University in the regular season finale on Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Colby (13-11, 3-6 NESCAC) earned the eighth seed and will visit top-seeded Amherst College in a quarterfinal game next Saturday at 4 p.m. Tufts ends its season at 11-13 and 1-8 in the conference.

Adam Choice (Newport, R.I.) had 18 of his game-high 27 points in the first half to lead the Mules. Senior captain Mark Gaudet (Bingham, Maine), playing in his final home game for Colby, added 19 points and made big shots in the final minutes. Artie Cutrone (Garden City, N.Y.) chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Preston Decker, Colby's other senior, finished with nine rebounds.

The Mules led 42-32 at halftime, but the Jumbos used a 24-11 run to take a 56-53 lead with 10:27 to go.

With the score tied 60-60, Gaudet nailed a 3-point shot with 4:09 remaining to put the Mules up for good. The 3-point shot was the 159th of his career at Colby. After a Tufts turnover, Gaudet got fouled on a 3-point shot and promptly made all three free throws for a 66-60 lead with 3:13 left.

Dave Beyel (Ocean City, N.J.) nailed a 3-point shot for Tufts to cut the margin to 66-63 with 1:54 remaining and the Jumbos got the lead to one point when Aaron Gallant (Bangor, Maine) hit a lay-up with 1:24 to go.

Gaudet reach 801 career points when he sank two free throws with 48 seconds remaining for a 68-65 Colby lead. After a missed 3-point shot by Tufts, Michael Russell (Wellesley, Mass.) hit one free throw with 37 seconds to play for a 69-65 lead.

Jon Pierce (Belmont, Mass.) hit a 3-point shot with 30 seconds left and the Jumbos once again cut the lead to one point at 69-68. Justin Sherman (Piedmont, Calif.) hit one of two free throw attempts with 27 seconds left for a 70-68 lead. Tufts worked the ball around and the Jumbos missed on a 3-point shot with 10 seconds to go and Cutrone hit one free throw for a 71-68 lead. Tufts missed a long 3-point shot at the buzzer.

Jake Weitzen (New York, N.Y.) had 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists for Tufts. Jeremy Black (Jamesville, N.Y.) added 13 points and four assists, while Pierce had 12 points.

COLBY 71, TUFTS 68

TUFTS (11-13,1-8 NESCAC)

Jake Weitzen 6-15 2-2 15; Jeremy Black 5-10 0-0 13; Jon Pierce 3-10 4-4 12; Aaron Gallant 3-6 3-4 9; Dave Beyel 3-5 0-0 8; Pat Sullivan 1-2 2-2 5; Brian Lowry 1-1 1-2 3; Dan Cook 1-2 0-0 3; Matt Galvin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 12-14 68.

COLBY (13-11,3-6 NESCAC)

Adam Choice 9-17 9-10 27; Mark Gaudet 5-9 6-8 19; Artie Cutrone 3-9 2-3 10; Michael Russell 3-5 1-2 7; Justin Sherman 2-4 1-4 5; Preston Decker 1-3 1-1 3; Mac Simpson 0-2 0-0 0; Gil Haylon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 20-28 71.

Tufts.........................  32  36  -  68

Colby.........................  42  29  -  71

3-point goals-Tufts 10-26 (Jeremy Black 3-5; Dave Beyel 2-3; Jon Pierce 2-5; Pat Sullivan 1-2; Jake Weitzen 1-7; Dan Cook 1-2; Aaron Gallant 0-2), Colby 5-10 (Mark Gaudet 3-5; Artie Cutrone 2-3; Gil Haylon 0-2). Fouled out--Tufts-None, Colby-None. Rebounds-Tufts 27 (Jake Weitzen 6), Colby 35 (Preston Decker 9). Assists-Tufts 13 (Jeremy Black 4), Colby 13 (Artie Cutrone 5). Total fouls-Tufts 21, Colby 10. A-475

2008 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship Seeding

Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 23 at higher seeds

No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Amherst – 4:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Semifinals – Saturday, March 1 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 2 at 12:00 p.m.

Semifinal winners


 
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