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Men's basketball falls on late shot

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine -- Despite 22 points and eight rebounds from Patrick Stewart, the Colby College men's basketball team fell 66-64 on a shot with just 2.3 seconds remaining against University of Maine at Presque Isle on Wednesday.

Colby drops to 4-4 overall and will play its final game of the first semester on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Bates College.

Derek Healy capped a terrific night for the Owls with a driving shot with 2.3 seconds left for the game-winning points. He finished the night with a game-high 31 points on 12-for-21 shooting, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

Stewart was 6-for-11 from the field, 3-of-4 from long range, and 7-for-9 from the foul line. Maximilian Steiner added a 3-for-5 effort from 3-point range on the way to 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Joe Connelly also was 3-for-5 from behind the line for nine points and four assists. Sam Jefferson (pictured) pulled down seven rebounds and scored five points.

While Healy had nearly half of UMPI's points, the Owls did receive 13 points and five rebounds from Kevin Collins. Jordan Cook added 10 points and eight boards.

While Colby had a 37-28 advantage in rebounds, the Owls helped their own cause with just seven turnovers.

UMPI took a 36-31 halftime margin, but the Mules used a 13-0 scoring run to take a 47-39 lead with 13:02 to play. Steiner and Stewart both had five points in the run and Connelly hit a 3-point shot.

The Owls trailed 55-48 when Healy led an 11-1 scoring run with two 3-point shots and a jumper to put his team up 59-56 with 5:01 to go.

With the score tied 61-61, UMPI's Collins went 1-for-2 from the foul line to give his team a one-point lead. Stewart, though, nailed an NBA range 3-point shot with 2:13 to go to put Colby up 64-62. 

Healy scored the final four points of the game. He nailed two free throws with 1:50 play to tie it at 64-64. The Mules missed a 3-point shot with 1:04 to play and missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13 seconds to go. Healy was on the left side of the court, dribbled over the foul line to the right side, and made a tough running shot with players in his face.

The Owls started celebrating as the clock ran out. However, the Mules did get a timeout with 2.3 seconds remaining. Colby tried to get the ball to Stewart at mid-court, but the ball was deflected away.

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