Men's basketball opens season Saturday at tourney

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 16, 2012
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Nick Rimsa (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team will have one of the youngest squads in the New England Small College Athletic Conference when the 2012-13 season begins Saturday.

The Mules will take on Wentworth Institute of Technology in the opening night of the Babson College Invitational on Saturday at 8 p.m. The host school takes on Salve Regina in the other game at 6 p.m. The consolation and championship games are at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Webcasts for the contests can be viewed at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/babson.portal#

With his first recruiting class in action this year, second-year head coach Damien Strahorn and the Mules look to improve on last year's 7-17 record. The Mules will send out a young team on the court, with just six of the 18 players at junior or senior standing. 

The Mules have three captains from three different classes, including sophomore shooting guard Connor O'Neil (Freeport, Maine). He averaged 7.7 points and shot 81 percent from the foul line in his first year. Junior tri-captain Jonathan Kalin (New York, N.Y.) started all 24 games at point guard and averaged 2.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds a game. Nick Rimsa (Andover, Conn.) is a senior captain and will be counted on for inside scoring.

Shane Rogers (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) also saw time at point guard, playing all 24 contests and averaged 5.8 points and 2.4 assists. Danny Chase (Weston, Conn.) missed time due to injury last year while averaging 3.3 points per game. Jesse Coulon (Florence, Mass.), Matt Mignon (Skillman, N.J.), and Kareem Kalil (Southborough, Mass.) also return for Colby. John Gallego (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) is the lone first-year guard out of the seven newcomers.

With some big first-year players added, Colby will have some size on the forward line. Gordon Fischer (Camden, Maine), a 6-foot-6 forward, played in just 11 games last year due to injury and averaged 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in about 15 minutes a contest. Ben Brassord (Amherst, Mass.), at 6-6 and 240 pounds, played about 10 minutes per game last year at center and 6-6 Jack Crampton (Madison, Conn.) saw little action in his first year because of injury problems.

First-year center Chris Hudnut (Chevy Chase, Md.) is the biggest player on the roster at 6-8 and 255 pounds. Patrick Stewart (Bangor, Maine) at 6-6 and Sam Willson (Watertown, Conn.) at 6-5 give the Mules more size. Ryan Jann (Westford, Mass.), Luke Westman (Newton, Mass.), and Michael Loginoff (San Mateo, Calif.) also will play the forward spots in their first year at Colby.

 
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