Choice earns national honor, set for playoff

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 21, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College sophomore forward Adam Choice (St. Georges School/Newport, R.I.) was honored as one of five players to make the National Men's Basketball Team of the Week for the week ending February 17.

Choice earned New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors earlier in the week after averaging 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, shooting 62 percent (16-for-26) from the field, and 86 percent (12-for-14) from the foul line in a 2-0 week for Colby.

Choice's play helped the Mules take home wins over Bates College (68-65) and Tufts University (71-68) to secure a NESCAC playoff spot. Colby is the eighth seed and will play at top-ranked Amherst College in a league quarterfinal game Saturday at 4 p.m. The game can be heard on-line at the following link:

Choice was named to the D3 squad along with Mike Smelkinson of St. Mary's (Md.), Tyler Nadig of Washington University; Andrew Zimmer of Wabash, and Anthony Pettaway of Defiance.

Choice had 18 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks in the win against Bates. His blocked shot with 21 seconds left and Colby up 66-65 helped the Mules hold on for the victory. Choice followed that game with 27 points and six rebounds in the victory over Tufts.

In the latest NESCAC statistics, Choice is second in the conference in scoring (17.8), fourth in blocked shots (33 total, 1.38 per game), seventh in rebounding (7.7), and eighth in free throw shooting (.795, 136-171). Choice has 663 points, 338 rebounds, 48 blocked shots, and 73 steals in his two-year career with the Mules.

Choice and the Mules (13-11) gave Amherst (22-2) all it could handle in a 72-66 road game loss on February 1. Mark Gaudet, who is second in scoring at 13.8 points per game, had 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Choice chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Artie Cutrone had 15 points. Curtrone is third on the Mules in scoring at 13.7 points a game.

Amherst, top-ranked in the national poll, is seeded first in the tourney and has won 15 straight games. Andrew Olson, who had 10 points and eight assists in the first meeting between the teams, is one of the top point guards in the country. Fletcher Waters leads the Lord Jeffs in scoring at 13.9 points a game.

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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