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Jefferson reaches 1,000 career points for men's basketball in quarterfinal

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Sam Jefferson became the 39th player in Colby College men's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points in the Mules' tough 93-88 setback to Hamilton College in a NESCAC quarterfinal game Saturday.
Jefferson, who is just a junior, has 1,009 career points. He ranks 37th all-time in scoring heading into his senior season. Jefferson reached 1,000 on a free throw in the final minute of the opening half.
By the numbers
* Mule point guard Matt Hanna had a game-high 28 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field, 5-of-10 from 3-point range, and 7-for-8 from the foul line. 
* Jefferson (pictured), who was 5-of-5 from the foul line and 3-for-6 from long range, had 16 points. Wallace Tucker also had 16 points and finished with three assists.
* Noah Tyson had a game-high 11 rebounds and scored seven points for Colby (17-8 overall). Sean Gilmore added nine points, six rebounds, and three assists. Ty Williams made all three of his shots for seven points, six boards, and three assists.
* Kena Gilmour and Peter Hoffmann both had 19 points for Hamilton (22-3), the second seed in the tourney. The 10th-ranked Continentals will host the NESCAC Final Four after top-seeded Middlebury was knocked off by Tufts.
Game highlights
* The Continentals avenged their only home loss this season -- an 86-78 setback against Colby back on Jan. 26. 
* Tyson pulled the Mules within two points at 90-88 on an old-fashioned 3-point play with 44.2 seconds remaining. 
* Andrew Groll was fouled on the Continentals' next possession and made the second of two free throws with 20.9 seconds to go. Colby still had a chance to tie with the shot clock turned off but the Mules were whistled for an offensive foul with 11.6 seconds left. Tim Doyle was fouled on the ensuing in-bounds play before any time came off the clock and calmly sank both free throws for the five-point cushion.