Men's basketball beats Bates

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 9, 2007
LEWISTON, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team clinched a New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff bid and beat one of their Maine rivals with a 63-62 win over Bates College on Friday night at Alumni Gym.

Colby College overcame a nine-point deficit with 8:10 to play.

Colby evens its NESCAC record at 4-4 and moves to 13-10 overall, while the Bobcats fell to 18-5, 3-5 in conference play.

Down 57-48, the Mules embarked on a 13-0 run, fueled by three-pointers by Mark Gaudet, Nick Farrell and Adam Choice, and four points by Drew Cohen, to take a 61-57 lead with 5:24 left to play.

Bates held Colby scoreless for nearly the next five minutes of the game while getting back ahead on a pair of free throws by Bryan Wholey and Zak Ray's sixth three-pointer of the game. But Farrell hit a pair of high-pressure foul shots with 13 seconds left to play, and Bates couldn't come up with a basket after a timeout -- a jumper by senior Damon McGinn missed, and senior Rob Stockwell got the rebound but fell backward and missed the game's last shot while nearly lying on his back from 10 feet away.

Cohen scored 23 points with nine rebounds for the Mules. Farrell added 19, including five threes, and Choice came up with 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out on a charge with 1:51 to play.

Bates suffered at the free throw line, hitting 8-of-16 shots, while the Mules hit 11-of-14.

It was Colby's first win at Bates since Feb. 7, 2003. The Mules travel to Tufts for a 3 p.m. game Saturday in the final regular season game of the year. The NESCAC playoff pairings will be announced Saturday night.

COLBY COLLEGE 63, BATES 62

COLBY COLLEGE (13-10, 4-4)

Drew Cohen 8-13 6-7 23; Nick Farrell 6-16 2-2 19; Adam Choice 5-9 2-2 13; Mark Gaudet 1-3 0-0 3; Jon Bandi 1-2 1-2 3; Nick Planeta 1-1 0-0 2; Mac Simpson 0-3 0-0 0; Michael Westbrooks 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 22-48 11-14 63.

BATES (18-5, 3-5)

Zak Ray 8-16 4-5 26; Rob Stockwell 4-10 1-2 10; John Lattimer 3-6 0-2 6; Pat Halloran 2-5 0-0 6; Bryan Wholey 1-7 3-4 5; Chris Wilson 1-3 0-0 3; Damon McGinn 1-6 0-0 2; Jimmy O'Keefe 1-2 0-0 2; Sam Taylor 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 22-57 8-16 62.

Colby College................. 29 34 - 63

Bates......................... 32 30 - 62

3-point goals-Colby College 8-19 (Nick Farrell 5-11; Mark Gaudet 1-3; Adam Choice 1-1; Drew Cohen 1-1; Mac Simpson 0-3), Bates 10-25 (Zak Ray 6-11; Pat Halloran 2-5; Chris Wilson 1-3; Rob Stockwell 1-3; Bryan Wholey 0-2; John Lattimer 0-1). Fouled out--Colby College-Adam Choice, Bates-None. Rebounds-Colby College 34 (Adam Choice 9; Drew Cohen 9), Bates 30 (Rob Stockwell 6; Zak Ray 6). Assists-Colby College 12 (Nick Farrell 5), Bates 14 (Zak Ray 5). Total fouls-Colby College 18, Bates 18. A-700


 
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