Union, New Jersey – The Colby Men's Basketball team continues winning streak and puts up over 100 points for the fourth time this year to beat Kean with a 106-102 victory.
Matt Hanna started things off for the Mules with a 3 point field goal with 18:56 remaining in the first half. Will King and Sam Jefferson would get into the action as well, each hitting a 3 point field goal over the next few minutes to give Colby a 9-6 lead at the 15:33 mark. Joshua Jackson and Jeff Cooper would pull the Kean Cougars right back into it as they hit a few three point shots of their own to cut into the Colby lead. An Alex Dorion made three point field goal with 10:02 to go would put the Mules up 23-18. Colby was able to make a run to give themselves a little breathing room and go up by 10 with 6:02 left as Hanna continued his hot shooting. The Mules would hold onto that 10 point lead until the 3:33 mark when the Cougars, Nate Lyles, made a layup to bring Kean within 7 points. The Mules would hold on going into halftime with a 53-48 lead.
Jeff Cooper of the Kean Cougars got the ball rolling to start the second half with a jump shot to bring the Cougars within two points. Wallace Tucker and Matt Hanna would each hit a 3 point shot and put Colby up 65-56 with 16:07 to go. Over the next several minutes both teams were able to go run and give the fans an exciting second half of basketball. After a Dorion 3 point shot with 9:34 to go, the Mules would take a 85-68 edge. The Cougars wouldn't go down without a fight though, as Jah'mir Miller would slam one home with 3:15 to go to bring Kean within 4 points. A Sam Jefferson 3 point field goal and a few clutch free throws with 10 seconds remaining would put the Cougars away in the end to give Colby a 106-102 win on the road.
Matt Hanna and Sam Jefferson each had big games for Colby. Jefferson led all scorers with 31 points and Hanna was close behind with 30. Alex Dorion and Dan Weiner each played big roles off the bench. Dorion added 19 and Weiner had 10.
The Mules next game will be against cross-town rival, Thomas College, Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 PM at Colby College.