MEDFORD, Mass.--Luke Westman (Newton, Mass.) scored had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Colby College men's basketball team to a 76-65 victory against Connecticut College on the campus of Tufts University at Cousins Gymnasium Tuesday.
Patrick Stewart (Bangor, Maine) chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Mules. Chris Hudnut (Chevy Chase, Md.) added 14 points and six boards for the winning side.
The Mules improve their record to 7-16 and close out the regular season with a 3-7 mark in the NESCAC. With the victory, Colby receives the eighth and final berth in the 2013 NESCAC Basketball Championship Tournament. They will visit Amherst College next Saturday for a quarterfinal match-up in Amherst, Mass.
The Camels close out the season with a record of 7-16 and are 0-10 in league play.
"We had our worst defensive half of the season in the first half and couldn't recover from that although our effort in the second half improved," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "I am really grateful to our captains John (Bullitt) and Matt (Vadas) for their loyalty and effort this season."
Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) poured in a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Camels. Vadas has now scored 1258 points in his prolific career. He passed John Bartolomei '85 and Peter Dorfman '84 Tuesday night to move into sixth place on the program's all-time scoring leader list.
The Camels took a 21-12 first half lead when Shill put in a floater with 12:40 to go. The Mules responded though, putting together a 9-0 run to take a four point lead. Westman capped the rally, scoring two of his 15 first half points on the foul line with 5:47 remaining and Colby enjoyed a 30-26 advantage.
Later on with 3:19 to go, Vadas netted two of his 22 first half points when he banked one in in the paint. But Stewart answered with a triple from the left side to put the Mules back on top 38-36 with 3:02 remaining.
Shane Rogers (Mount Kisco, N.Y) closed out the first half scoring when he canned a 17-footer with 1:13 to go and the Mules carried a 40-36 advantage into the break.
The Mules came out firing in the second stanza, putting together a 17-to-5 run that pushed their lead to 57-41. Hudnut capped the rally with an offensive put back and one with 15:54 remaining.
The Camels responded in the latter stages of the second stanza and with 4:55 left, Shill put in a runner to make it a 68-61 game. After Vadas converted a pair of free throws, Shill induced a Colby turnover by cutting into a passing lane and went end to end to reduce the deficit to 68-65 with 3:39 to go.
But Hudnet converted a pair of free throws for Colby with 2:16 to play to push the lead back to 70-65.
Then, with 1:27 left, Stewart added two more from the charity strike and the Mules enjoyed a 72-65 advantage. Rogers added two more free throws with 59.4 seconds remaining to make it a 74-65 game and Colby was able to close out the 76-65 triumph.
For the second straight conference game, the Camels out-rebounded their opponent, holding a 37-to-33 advantage on the boards.
Special thanks to Tufts University Athletics, administration and student workers for hosting tonight's rescheduled game.