Posted: Jan 26, 2019
CLINTON, N.Y. -- The Colby College men's basketball team, in a span of just 20 hours, beat two teams in the national top 20 in road games after an 86-78 win over sixth-ranked Hamilton College in NESCAC play Saturday.
Colby, which took a victory over 19th-ranked Amherst College on Friday night, improved to 15-5 overall and 3-3 in the league. The Mules jumped into a tie for sixth place in the league and are just one-half game out of third place.
The Mules were 1-3 in the league after falling at home to Bowdoin last Saturday. The Polar Bears lost by more than 20 points to Hamilton and Amherst this weekend.
"One of the things we talk about is not getting too high or low. So cliche, but the ability to stay committed to the process and building an identity that you can win big with is critical," Colby head coach Damien Strahorn said. "The guys earned this with their work going back to the beginning of the school year and their connectedness is something that will allow us to compete with anyone. Two more big weekends ahead."
By the numbers
* Sam Jefferson capped off a big week with a game-high 29 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field, 6-of-10 from 3-point range, and 5-for-6 from the foul line. He also had eight rebounds and blocked a shot.
* First-year Noah Tyson (pictured) came up large with 19 points on 4-for-8 shooting from long range. He also had a team-high nine rebounds and dished four assists. Tyson also did a solid job on inbound passes late in the game when Hamilton was putting on full-court pressure.
* Wallace Tucker scored 12 points and had a game-high six assists. Ty Williams dished four assists, while Sean Gilmore scored nine points for the Mules.
* Kena Gilmour had 24 points and nine rebounds for Hamilton (16-2 overall, 3-2 NESCAC).
* For the second straight day, Colby fell behind early. Hamilton darted out to a 10-2 lead, but the Mules settled down and tied the game at 12-12.
* Devin Davis nailed a 3-point shot to put the Mules up 18-15 and Colby never trailed from that point. Hamilton did tie the game at 34-34, but Tyson hit two free throws with three seconds left for a 36-34 halftime lead.
* The Mules spent most of the second half extending the lead and then having the Continentals fight back. With the score 65-61, Tyson hit a big 3-point shot for a 68-61 lead. Hamilton would never get closer than five points the rest of the way.
* Colby will use the week to prepare for a big league home game with Williams College on Friday at 7 p.m.