Men's basketball falls in playoff game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 21, 2009
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Mac Simpson

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The fourth-seeded Colby College men’s basketball team got off to a good start in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, but fifth-seeded Bowdoin College played spoiler as the Polar Bears pulled away for a 66-54 win in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Bowdoin (17-8) will play at top-seeded Middlebury College in a semifinal game next Saturday at 2 p.m. Williams College, the third seed, and second-seeded Amherst College will play in the other game at 4 p.m. Colby ends the season at 17-8.

Mark Phillips (Ashland, Mass.) and Will Hanley (New Canaan, Conn.) combined for 22 points and 10 rebounds in the second half for the Polar Bears.

Phillips finished with 15 points, including 9-for-9 from the foul line, and seven rebounds. Hanley came off the bench and shot 4-for-6 from the field for 13 points and had a team-high eight rebounds.

Colby used the energy of the home crowd to take a 13-6 lead when Michael Russell (Wellesley, Mass.) hit a layup with 13:12 to play in the first half. Bowdoin, though, stayed poised and chipped away and finally took the lead for good when Ryan O’Connell (Ipswich, Mass.) nailed a 3-point shot for a 20-18 Polar Bear lead with 7:38 left to halftime. Kyle Jackson (Acton, Mass.) scored five of his seven points in the final 5:05 to help Bowdoin take a 32-25 lead at intermission.

The Polar Bears used a 16-4 run to start the second half to quiet the crowd and take a 48-29 lead. Colby never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

Artie Cutrone (Garden City, N.Y.), playing his final game with the Mules, had 13 points and five assists. Russell added 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Adam Choice (Newport, R.I.), Mac Simpson (Casco, Maine), and Christian Van Loenen (Falmouth, Maine) all had nine points. Cutrone finished a stellar four seasons at Colby with 802 points and 227 assists in his career. Simpson, another senior, had 577 points and 169 assists.

Bowdoin shot 20-for-24 from the foul line, while the Mules were just 3-for-8. Colby did not shoot a free throw until there was 11:40 left in the second half. The Polar Bears also had a slight 34-31 rebounding advantage.

BOWDOIN 66, COLBY 54

BOWDOIN (17-8)

Mark Phillips 3-5 9-9 15; Will Hanley 4-6 5-7 13; Randy Defeo 2-4 2-2 8; Tim

Lane 3-9 1-2 7; Kyle Jackson 3-7 0-0 7; Ryan O'Connell 2-4 0-0 6; Paul

Sellew 1-2 1-2 4; Mike Hauser 1-4 2-2 4; Darian Reid-Sturgis 1-2 0-0 2.

Totals 20-43 20-24 66.

COLBY (17-8)

Artie Cutrone 4-11 3-6 13; Michael Russell 5-13 0-0 10; Adam Choice 4-13 0-2

9; Mac Simpson 3-5 0-0 9; Christian Van Loenen 3-6 0-0 9; Chas Woodward 1-1

0-0 2; Gil Haylon 1-6 0-0 2; Nick Planeta 0-0 0-0 0; Justin Sherman 0-4 0-0

0; Chris Lemmons 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-59 3-8 54.

Bowdoin.......................   32   34  -   66

Colby.........................   25   29  -   54

3-point goals--Bowdoin 6-13 (Ryan O'Connell 2-3; Randy Defeo 2-4; Kyle

Jackson 1-4; Paul Sellew 1-1; Mike Hauser 0-1), Colby 9-22 (Christian Van

Loenen 3-6; Mac Simpson 3-4; Artie Cutrone 2-4; Adam Choice 1-2; Justin

Sherman 0-1; Gil Haylon 0-5). Fouled out--Bowdoin-None, Colby-None.

Rebounds--Bowdoin 34 (Will Hanley 8), Colby 31 (Michael Russell 13).

Assists--Bowdoin 15 (Mike Hauser 5), Colby 13 (Artie Cutrone 5). Total

fouls--Bowdoin 12, Colby 17. Technical fouls--Bowdoin-None, Colby-None.

A-1800

 


 
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