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November 21, 2009

 

COLBY’S SECOND HALF SURGE HELPS MULES KICK ANCHORMEN, 75-62

Providence, RI—Senior forward Adam Choice (Newport, RI) scored 24 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead Colby College to a 75-62 win over Rhode Island College in its season-opener on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.

 

The Anchormen (2-1) were up by 12 points, 31-19, at halftime, only to see Colby (1-0) storm out in the second half to outscore RIC, 56-31, over the final 20 minutes. In a near mirror performance from last year’s 20-point second-half eruption in the Mules, 66-61, win over RIC in Waterville, Choice and teammates came out of the break on fire. He finished with 11 rebounds, equaling junior forward Michael Russell’s (Wellesley, MA) effort on the glass, for a double-double performance. Russell also reached double figures in points with 10.

 

Senior forward Gil Haylon (Wellesley, MA) was also instrumental in the comeback win with four second-half three-pointers for 12 points, while classmate guard Justin Sherman (Piedmont, CA) rounded out the Mule contingent in double figures with a 10-point effort.

 

“Our defense really let us down in the second half,” RIC Head Coach Bob Walsh said. “If you don’t defend for 40 minutes, it is very hard to win.”

 

Rhode Island College sophomore forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) wasn’t able to beat his brother, but scored a team-high 19 points. Senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) was four off his teammate’s pace.

 

 

 Sophomore forward Mason Choice

 

The first half was marked by extremely physical play as the two teams combined for 25 fouls. Colby turned the ball over 16 times, which led to its first-half deficit.

 

Choice was cold from the field through the first 20 minutes, managing only two points, on free throws, while missing all seven of his field goal attempts. With the score tied 8-8, the Anchormen scored eight straight to lead, 16-8, with 8:56 left in the half. A Mason Choice jumper at 3:23 raised the advantage to double-digits, 25-15, while a junior forward Darius Debnam (Dorchester, MA) trey, a Grimes jumper and a free throw by sophomore forward Ryan Thompson (Cranston, RI) sent the hosts into the break with a commanding lead.

 

Adam Choice missed a layup to open the final stanza, but then keyed his team to an 11-2 run with four straight buckets and nine points to cut the Mules deficit to just five points, 37-32, at 15:49.

 

A Sherman three-pointer cut RIC’s lead down to a slim one point, 44-43, at 11:30, but Grimes answered back with a layup, while Mason Choice bounced back from a Sherman free throw with a layup of his own to raise the Anchormen’s advantage back up to five points, 49-44, with 9:46 left.

 

With RIC up by four, 50-46 with 8:10 left, Haylon drained three long balls to give Colby back the lead. The Anchormen battled back to tie the game, 57-57, on a Grimes jump shot with 4:33 left.

 

The Mules then rattled off 11 straight points over the next 2:29 to put the game away, keyed by four points each from both Choice and Russell, while Haylon stroked another three.

 

Colby finished the game shooting 47 percent (27-for-57) from the field, while RIC shot 40 percent (25-for-62) in a losing effort. The Mules outrebounded RIC, 47-32.

 

In upcoming action, the Anchormen will play at Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

 

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