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Men's basketball edges UMF

FARMINGTON, Maine -- Steven Daley (Westwood, Mass.) made two key baskets in the final 1:46 and Alex Dorion (Needham, Mass.) hit two big free throws to give Colby College the lead for good in a 63-60 victory over University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday.

The Mules are 6-4 overall heading into Friday's New England Small College Athletic Conference opener at home against Bates College at 7 p.m. Colby will play host to Tufts University on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Beavers (2-7 overall) took a 58-55 lead on two free throws by Riley Robinson with 2:16 to play. Daley, who had nine points and six rebounds, had two inside baskets with 1:46 and 53 seconds to play for a 59-58 Mule lead.

UMF took the lead for the final time when Eric Berry scored with 28 seconds to play. Dorion was fouled and calmly sank both free throws with 25 seconds remaining for a 61-60 margin. 

Patrick Stewart (Bangor, Maine) made a steal for Colby and sank two free throws with eights seconds to play for the final points. 

Joe Connelly (pictured, Brookline, Mass.) led the Mules with a team-high 11 points, while Stewart finished with seven points and six rebounds. Maximilian Steiner (Washington, D.C.), Sean Gilmore (San Francisco, Calif.), and Ronan Schwarz (Brookline, Mass.) also had seven points. 

Colby shot 17-for-22 from the foul line and had a 37-33 rebounding advantage. The Mules also had a 26-4 margin in bench scoring.

Amir Moss had game-highs of 21 points and eight rebounds for UMF. Berry added 13 points, while Issac Witham had 12 points and five rebounds.

Colby battled back from two eight-point deficits in the first half to take a 25-24 lead at intermission. The Beavers had leads of 11-3 and 15-7. The Mules tied the game at 18-18 and went ahead on Steiner's 3-point shot with 5:40 to play. 

There were 12 lead changes and five ties in the game, with most coming in a tight second half. The Beavers went up 52-45 when Moss hit two free throws with 6:05 remaining. Colby used an 8-0 scoring run, sparked by a 3-point shot from Sam Jefferson (Newtonville, Mass.) and a 3-point play from Connelly to take a 53-52 lead. 

The Mules went 6-for-7 from the foul line in the final 2:44, including two free throws from Steiner to cut UMF's lead to 56-55. 

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