Whitmore reaches 600 career wins

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 17, 2009

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College’s Dick Whitmore is in the 600 club.

Whitmore became the 52nd coach in NCAA men’s basketball history and just the seventh in NCAA Division III play to win 600 career games after he and his Mules took a 65-55 victory over Bowdoin College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference opener on Saturday before 2,000 fans at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Whitmore was mobbed by his team and given the game ball after the win over his alma mater. He graduated from Bowdoin in 1965 and is in his 38th year of coaching at Colby. Whitmore has a 600-318 career record with the Mules.

“I should feel relieved right now, but I’m just too exhilarated and proud of what the team accomplished today,” Whitmore said. “They won today the way so many of my teams have won in the past.”

Bowdoin (10-4, 0-1 NESCAC) did not make it an easy 600th victory. The Polar Bears led 21-13 at one point in the first half and shot 62 percent from the field and had a 15-9 rebounding edge in the opening 20 minutes. However, Colby did not commit a turnover in the first half and managed to take a 32-31 lead at the break.

“A lot of people made a big deal of us going up against Bowdoin since I went to school there,” Whitmore said. “But beating the opponent on that given day is what’s important. When I knew that we were going to win in the closing moments I wasn’t thinking that it was Bowdoin and feeling good about that. It was more the realization of 600 wins and all the thoughts about the teams I’ve had over the years.”

Colby, with Whitmore’s assistants coming up with the idea, used a smaller lineup to start the second half and the move paid off defensively. The Mules held the Polar Bears to 38 percent shooting in the second half.

The Mules never trailed in the second half, but Bowdoin stayed close and only trailed 48-47 with 6:19 to play after a Paul Sellew (Glastonbury, Conn.) 3-point shot. Colby’s Justin Sherman (Piedmont, Calif.) took over the game in the next few minutes, nailing a 3-point shot with 5:43 to play and then hitting a jumper with 4:27 to go for a 53-47 Colby lead. Adam Choice (Newport, R.I.) added a 3-point play with 3:09 to play for a 56-47 lead.

Artie Cutrone (Garden City, N.Y.) had 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting and dished four assists for Colby (10-4, 1-0 NESCAC). Choice added 13 points and three assists, while Michael Russell (Wellesley, Mass.) finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Christian Van Loenen (Falmouth, Maine) came off the bench and had 10 points and Sherman scored nine.

Mike Hauser (East Williston, N.Y.) led the Polar Bears with 12 points and eight assists. Tim Lane (Townsend, Mass.) and Will Hanley (New Canaan, Conn.) both had eight points.


BOWDOIN (10-4, 0-1 NESCAC)

Mike Hauser 4-9 2-2 12; Will Hanley 4-6 0-4 8; Tim Lane 3-5 2-2 8; Mark

Phillips 3-4 1-3 7; Ryan O'Connell 1-1 2-2 5; Paul Sellew 2-2 0-0 5; Kyle

Jackson 2-6 0-0 4; Randy Defeo 2-9 0-0 4; Darian Reid-Sturgis 1-3 0-0 2;

Justin Nowell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-45 7-13 55.

COLBY (10-4, 1-0 NESCAC)

Artie Cutrone 8-13 5-5 22; Adam Choice 6-12 1-2 13; Michael Russell 5-8 1-3

11; Christian Van Loenen 2-3 4-4 10; Justin Sherman 3-6 2-4 9; Kyle Donovan

0-1 0-0 0; Nick Planeta 0-0 0-2 0; Gil Haylon 0-2 0-0 0; Chas Woodward 0-0

0-0 0. Totals 24-45 13-20 65.

Bowdoin.......................   31   24  -   55

Colby.........................   32   33  -   65

3-point goals--Bowdoin 4-9 (Mike Hauser 2-4; Ryan O'Connell 1-1; Paul Sellew

1-1; Kyle Jackson 0-1; Randy Defeo 0-1; Will Hanley 0-1), Colby 4-15

(Christian Van Loenen 2-3; Justin Sherman 1-2; Artie Cutrone 1-5; Gil Haylon

0-2; Adam Choice 0-3). Fouled out--Bowdoin-None, Colby-None.

Rebounds--Bowdoin 27 (Mark Phillips 6), Colby 24 (Michael Russell 8).

Assists--Bowdoin 14 (Mike Hauser 8), Colby 10 (Artie Cutrone 4). Total

fouls--Bowdoin 18, Colby 13. Technical fouls--Bowdoin-None, Colby-None.


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