Men's basketball ready for NESCAC quarterfinal showdown

CLINTON, N.Y. -- The odds are usually against you when the opponent shoots 30-for-38 from the foul line, but the Colby College men's basketball team overcame those odds in an 86-78 win at Hamilton College earlier this year.
 
The seventh-seeded Mules (17-7 overall) take the long trip back to second-seeded Hamilton for a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at 3 p.m.
 
"We are excited to head to Hamilton and take on a program that has been playing at the top of our league over the last few years," Colby head coach Damien Strahorn said. "Kena Gilmour is one of the best scorers in our league and they surround him with a veteran group that has won a lot of games. We'll have to do a better job of not putting them to the foul line and make sure we are getting the right blend of inside-out looks."  
Scouting Colby
* The Mules were the lone team this year to beat Hamilton on its home court. The Continentals went 10-1.
 
* Colby somehow gave up 30 free throws to the Continentals and still won the game. The Mules, who had two players foul out, will need to cut down on fouls and keep Hamilton away from the foul line.
 
*  The game will feature five of the top 10 3-point shooters in the NESCAC. Sam Jefferson ranks fifth in the league at 42.3 percent, Wallace Tucker is sixth (41.4), and Matt Hanna (pictured) shoots 40.2 for ninth place.
 
* Jefferson, who ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 18.3 points per game, had 29 points and eight rebounds in the first game. Hamilton will likely try to limit Jefferson's shots.
 
* The Mules also had a huge game from first-year Noah Tyson, who had 19 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. He ranks second in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.7), third in defensive rebounds (6.4), and ninth in rebounding (8.0).
 
* Tucker will be a key player as well as the Mules try to slow down Hamilton's Kena Gilmour. Tucker had 12 points, six assists, and five rebounds in the first game.
 
Scouting Hamilton
* The Continentals have the top 3-point shooter in the league in Mark Lutz (47.6 percent) and teammate Tim Doyle ranks ninth at 40.4. However, the Mules did a good job defending the perimeter in the previous meeting and held the Continentals to just 4-for-16 shooting from long range.
 
* Gilmour is one of the top players in the NESCAC and gives plenty of match-up problems. He had 24 points and nine rebounds against the Mules in the first contest. 
 
* While Gilmour was tough to stop, the Mules did not give up more than 12 points to any other Hamilton player. The Continentals (21-3 overall) will look for more balanced scoring this time. 
 
The game will be broadcast on the Northeast Sports Network at https://www.nsnsports.net/ colleges/hamilton/