Waterville, Maine – The Colby College Men's Basketball team continued its hot shooting to start the season and took down the Gordon College Scots 95-77, starting the season 4-0.
Colby College senior Sam Jefferson scored 35 points in the win hitting 14-20 from the field and finishing 7-9 from three point range. Jefferson entered the contest four three-pointers shy of the Colby career mark held by John Daileanes '92, who ended his career with 223. Jefferson tied the record just before halftime, and at the16:50 mark in the second half, he buried the record breaker.
It was a tight back and forth game to start the first half with Gordon leading 19-13 after Eric Demers hit a pair of free throws with 14:44 to go in the half. The Mules would regain the lead with 12:47 to go when Matt Hanna (photo insert) hit the bottom of the net from three point land. Colby would continue to shoot the lights out with help from several players and take a 55-37 lead into half. Jefferson and Hanna finished out the half each scoring in double figures with 24 and 10, respectively.
The second half would be more of the same hot shooting from the Mules. Demers (28 points) did all he could to help Gordon stay in the game but the balanced attack of the Mules just couldn't be stopped. Garrett Sattazahn and Parker Omslaer each scored in double figures as well, pitching in 15 apiece.
"We played well together in attacking the zone and once we finally started generating some stops after the first five minutes we were able to take control of the game againt a very good Gordon College team," said head coach Damien Strahorn. "Sam Jefferson has worked himself into a very complete player through an exceptional work ethic. The accomplishment of setting the school record for made threes is remarkable given the legacy of players that have played here through the years. I couldn't be prouder of how Sam has worked to earn his achievement and I am excited to see the continued growth through the season."
Colby next plays Saturday against New England College in the Colby Classic at 5:00 PM.
(photos courtesy of Alec Chapman '21)