Posted: Feb 09, 2019
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The ability to win on the road in the New England Small College Athletic Conference has the Colby College men's basketball team in the conference playoffs after Saturday's 72-66 win over Connecticut College.
The Mules won four straight league road games over Amherst, Hamilton, Wesleyan, and Conn College. The lone league road loss was a buzzer-beater setback to Trinity College.
Colby is currently the seventh seed, but there are two NESCAC games remaining on Sunday and Tuesday. The Camels fell to 7-17 and 0-10 in the league.
"A gritty performance on their senior night, where we knew Conn College would not go quietly. We defended well throughout the course of the game and found a way to win on a night we shot 8-for-38 from three," Colby head coach Damien Strahorn said. "The group has shown a resilience all year to be proud of and they’ve earned the chance to keep it going in the playoffs. I'm immensely proud of their growth through the season."
By the numbers
* Sam Jefferson finished with 20 points to lead all Mule (17-7 overall, 5-5 NESCAC) scorers. Matt Hanna (pictured) chipped in 15 points and added five rebounds.
* Colby first-year Noah Tyson had a big weekend. He made clutch 3-point shots in Friday's win over Wesleyan and had 12 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, and a game-high three steals against the Camels.
* Wallace Tucker finished with 11 points and four assists for Colby. Sean Gilmore added nine points and five rebounds, while Alex Dorion had a game-high five assists.
* The Mules had a tough night shooting, but did turn the ball over just 10 times.
* The Mules darted out to a 21-10 lead on the way to a 37-25 halftime lead.
* The Camels, though, fought back and only trailed 41-40 with 15:27 left in the second half. Conn College finally tied the game at 49-49 and then took its last lead (51-49) on a David Labossiere layup.
* Hanna hit two straight 3-point shots and added a layup in a 9-0 scoring run to put the Mules up 58-51 with 7:53 to play.
* The Camels nailed a 3-point shot with 2:46 remaining to cut the Mule lead to 65-64 with 2:46 to play. However, Colby went on a 5-0 scoring run to make it 70-64 and held the Camels to just two points during the final 2:46.