January 15, 2009



Waterville, ME-Colby junior Adam Choice (Newport, RI), brother of RIC freshman forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI), scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half as the Mules took a 66-61 non-conference win over Rhode Island College on Thursday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.


Colby improves to 9-4,  while the loss snaps a four-game win streak for the Anchormen, who fall to 9-4 as well. The win was the 599th career victory for Colby Head Coach Dick Whitmore.


It was the first time the Choice brothers played against each other in college. The RIC rookie forward finished with four points, while the eldest was 5-for-6 from three-point range, including a 4-for-4 effort in the second half, to help the Mules overcome a 34-26 halftime deficit.


RIC senior guard Tirrell Hill (Bronx, NY) had nine of his 15 points in the first half. Senior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) had 12 points and four steals, while classmate forward Kaseem Johnson (New Haven, CT) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Antone Gray (Providence, RI) and senior guard Cameron Stewart (Newport, RI) both had eight points.


Colby's Artie Cutrone (Garden City, NY) added 13 points for the Mules, while Michael Russell (Wellesley, MA) finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Justin Sherman shot 5-for-7 from the field and had 11 points and six rebounds.


Colby never led in the game until Choice nailed a 3-point shot with 10:26 to play for a 48-47 Mule lead. The game went back-and-forth at that point until Choice nailed another 3-point shot with 4:53 to play to tie the game at 55-55. Russell added an inside basket with 3:54 left for a 57-55 lead and Cutrone hit a 3-point shot of his own to put the Mules up five at 60-55 with 2:54 to play.


After RIC cut the deficit to 60-57 on a Stewart basket, Cutrone hit a layup with 1:35 left for a 62-57 margin. The Mules went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 26 seconds to clinch the victory.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume the Little East Conference schedule at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 17.