Men’s Basketball defeats Polar Bears to improve to 5-1 overall

Colby’s Men’s Basketball continued their blistering start with a triplet of victories over the past weeks. Raising their current streak to five, the Mules show no signs of slowing down. Since their overtime loss vs. the College of Staten Island in their season opener, the Mules have only found success as their current overall record stands at an impressive 5-1.

On November 29, Colby travelled to Weston, MA., to tip off against Regis College. The 2-5 Regis Lions forced a challenging game as the lead was constantly exchanged. The Mules showed resiliency by galloping back from an early deficit to lead 34-28 at the half, however the Lions rebutted with a torrid 9-0 run  in the last three minutes to take a 61-60 lead. Ryan Jann ’16 proved to be the deciding factor in the game as he sunk a 3-point from the top of the key with a second left to spare.  A clutch shot deserves praise, but Chris Hudnut’s ’16 17 points and nine rebounds and Luke Westman’s ’16 ten points (4-4), five rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots were all large factors in Colby’s impressive team victory.

Using an exhilarating win as momentum, the Mules hosted University of Maine at Presque Isle on Wednesday looking to continue their successful season start. They did just that as they made quick work of the UMPI, beating the Owls 82-68. Hudnut proved why he was a previous NESCAC player of the week by putting up impressive numbers: 16 points (5-10), seven rebounds and three assists. The Mules show incredible depth, with every player having potential to make an impact on the game. Against the Owls, Sam Wilson year stepped up and had a game high 17 points. Colby’s 48.2 shooting percentage and 42.1 percentage from beyond the arc are more than respectable and hopefully indicate a continued multifaceted offense.

Perhaps participating in the most anticipated contest of the week on Sunday, Colby tipped off against Bowdoin in front of the Mule crowd. Despite the game not counting towards the NESCAC standings, it was no less important as both teams wanted to make a statement against their biggest rivals and set the tone for the upcoming NESCAC season. The Mule’s slammed home a victory beating the 3-3 Polar Bears 86-82. Colby led primarily throughout the first half, but the Bears had a second surge taking the lead 79-78 and holding it with just one minute left in the game. However that was all the Bears could muster as the Mules sprinted the final seconds with a 8-2 decisive run. With a couple missed three’s by the bears and composed free points and layups by the Mules, the Colby Men’s Basketball continues to close out game strong. Four Colby starters ended the game with double-digit points: seniors Hudnut (21), Patrick Stewart (18), Wilson (12), Jann (12).

When asked why Colby Men’s Basketball team is playing so consistently and successfully over their five win run, Michael Loginoff ’16 aptly remarked, “We are playing holistically as a team and know that we can beat any opponent if we play our game. For us, it’s about one stat: win or lose. Every game a different player has stepped up to help us get the job done. It’s fun to be a part of something like this.”

With how the Mules have been playing, it is hard not to expect big things from the team and Loginoff expects just that, saying, “We want to win a NESCAC Championship and make a run into March ­­— nothing more, nothing less.”

On December 12, Colby will play their last game before Christmas, facing off against another rival, Bates, at home. Lets hope the Mules come up with a big win and keep their impressive streak going.

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