Men's Basketball Falls To Colby In NESCAC Quarters
February 17, 2007
The Middlebury men's basketball team saw its season come to an end as they suffered a 91-79 overtime loss to Colby. The Mules outscored the Panthers 19-7 in overtime, behind 11 of 13 foul shooting, while Middlebury went 3-12 from the floor.
Colby came out strong, jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the game's first 3:50 behind six points from Drew Cohen. The lead grew to as many as 11 at the 12:48 mark on a hoop from Adam Choice. The Mules led by nine at the 9:48 mark, before the Panthers went on a 12-0 run to take a 26-23 lead with 7:43 left in the first half. Colby came right back to take a four-point advantage, before Middlebury outscored Colby 9-2 in the final 5:26 of the half to hold a 37-34 lead at the intermission. Colby turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, resulting in 12 Middlebury points.
The Panthers picked up where they left off when the second half began, moving out to a 49-38 lead at the 17:26 mark. Andrew Harris came alive from the floor, hitting a pair of two's and a three during the spurt. Middlebury's lead grew to as many as 14, behind a hoop from Mike Walsh with 13:12 remaining. Minutes later, Colby went on an 8-0 run, ending in a three from Nick Farrell to cut the lead to four. Artie Cutrone's three at 7:29, followed by another from Farrell at 5:15 tied the game at 64. The Panthers extended their lead to five once again, leading 72-67 with 1:31 left to play on a hoop from Ben Rudin. That would be Middlebury's final points of regulation as Colby scored the game's next five points to force overtime. Cohen was strong down the stretch, scoring all five points during the 5-0 run. Farrell had a chance to win the game for Colby in regulation, but his three from 30 feet bounced off the front rim.
Colby hit its first four field goals of the overtime, taking an 80-74 lead at the 2:46 mark. Middlebury could not find the mark as they missed nine of 12 shots, including five of six from three-point range. The Panthers were forced to foul down the stretch, but to no avail, as the Mules connected on 11 of 13 from the charity stripe.
Cohen scored a game-high 26 points in the win for Colby, adding 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Farrell scored 22, Mac Simpson netted 14, while Choice scored a dozen. The Mules shot .484 from the floor on the afternoon.
Harris scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, shooting 5-8 from three-point range for Middlebury. Tim Edwards added 18 points, while Rudin scored 16 with six boards.