UMB holds off Colby men's basketball, 69-65

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 2, 2011
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Mike Russell

KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- University of Massachusetts at Boston scored the final four points of the game to pull away for a 69-65 win over the Colby College men's basketball team in non-conference play at the ECAC Holiday Classic at the Kissimmee Civic Center on Sunday.

The Mules (5-6 overall) trailed by four points, but used a basket by Ben Foreman with 2:59 to play and two free throws from Christian Van Loenen with 1:40 left to tie the game at 65-65. UMB (6-4) received an inside basket from Jason White with 33 seconds remaining for the game-winning points and Mike Mitchell added two free throws with 10 seconds to play for the final points of the game. Colby missed a 3-point shot and then two free throws before Mitchell's game-clinching free throws.

Colby hurt its own cause with 43 percent shooting (13-for-30) from the foul line. Both teams shot a solid 51 percent from the field.

Mike Russell led Colby with game-highs of 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting and 12 rebounds. He also contributed two blocked shots and two steals in 38 minutes of play. Kyle Donovan had 11 points and a team-high five assists, while Ben Foreman and Uzoma Orchingwa each had eight points.

Pat Joseph paced UMB with 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting.

The Mules will play at Husson University on Thursday at 7 p.m.

UMASS-BOSTON 69, COLBY 65

COLBY (5-6)

Mike Russell 11-16 2-13 24; Kyle Donovan 3-4 4-6 11; Ben Foreman 3-6 1-2 8;

Uzoma Orchingwa 3-8 2-3 8; Christian Van Loenen 1-9 4-4 6; Gus David 2-2 0-0

4; Eric Beaulieu 2-3 0-2 4; Jesse Coulon 0-0 0-0 0; Alex Swanson 0-0 0-0 0;

Gordon Fischer 0-1 0-0 0; Noah Atlas 0-0 0-0 0; Jonathan Kalin 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 25-49 13-30 65.

UMASS-BOSTON (6-4)

Pat Joseph 9-13 3-5 21; Michael Mitchell Jr. 4-10 7-10 15; Jason White 5-9

1-5 11; Mo Johnson 3-7 2-2 9; Dontreal Thomas 3-4 0-1 6; Isaac Jenkins 1-4

2-2 4; M.J. Bentley 1-2 1-2 3; Paul Anderson 0-0 0-0 0; Mark Reddick 0-2 0-0

0; Mbara Cisse 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-51 16-27 69.

Colby.........................  28  37 -  65

UMass-Boston..................  28  41 -  69

3-point goals--Colby 2-11 (Kyle Donovan 1-1; Ben Foreman 1-4; Christian Van

Loenen 0-5; Gordon Fischer 0-1), UMass-Boston 1-9 (Mo Johnson 1-4; Michael

Mitchell Jr. 0-1; Jason White 0-1; Isaac Jenkins 0-2; M.J. Bentley 0-1).

Fouled out--Colby-Eric Beaulieu, UMass-Boston-Mo Johnson. Rebounds--Colby 32

(Mike Russell 12), UMass-Boston 31 (Michael Mitchell Jr. 5; Pat Joseph 5).

Assists--Colby 15 (Kyle Donovan 5), UMass-Boston 13 (Michael Mitchell Jr. 5;

Isaac Jenkins 5). Total fouls--Colby 22, UMass-Boston 24. Technical

fouls--Colby-None, UMass-Boston-None.


 
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