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Overtime unkind again for men's basketball vs. Colby

Nick Schmiemann '11 led Bates in scoring for the third time this season, with 19 points.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Colby College took the lead with 1:59 left in overtime and escaped with a 73-66 victory over Bates College in a NESCAC men's basketball game on Saturday at Alumni Gymnasium, handing the host Bobcats their second consecutive overtime loss to a rival, as well as their second overtime loss to Colby this season.

The win puts Colby at 12-2 overall and 3-0 in NESCAC play. Bates drops to 7-10, 0-4.

A rebound and fast-break assist by Adam Choice resulted in a layup by Mike Russell with 1:59 remaining in overtime to put Colby on top 65-64. A free throw by Bates junior Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) evened the game for the ninth time at 65 with 1:37 left, but Colby's Christian Van Loenen followed his own miss with a putback and was fouled for a three-point play that put the Mules in the lead to stay with 59 seconds left. Russell hit a pair of free throws, Justin Sherman added another, and Choice finished off the scoring with a steal and a breakaway dunk as time expired.

Bates never trailed in the game until 46 seconds remained in regulation, when Choice, who had just scored on consecutive possessions, wheeled into the lane for a layup and a 55-53 Colby lead. After a missed layup by Bates junior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.), the Bobcats were forced to foul, and Van Loenen hit four free throws in a row for a 59-53 Colby lead with 16 seconds left.

Enter Bates senior Marshall Hatch (Chicago, Ill.), whose specialty is the deep, 25- to 30-foot three-pointer. Hatch buried one from far out on the right wing with 12 seconds left to close the gap to 59-56. Hatch then stole Colby's inbound pass, giving the Bobcats the ball back as the clock dropped under 10 seconds. From deep in the left corner, Hatch jab-stepped and let fly with another three-point attempt that ripped the nets, tying the game at 59 with six seconds left. Colby's last possession in regulation produced a missed three by Russell, sending the game into overtime.

While Bates never trailed for the game's first 39-plus minutes, Colby tied the game up seven times in regulation and never trailed by more than six points throughout the second half. A steal and layup by Ellis with 7:25 to go put Bates on top 46-40, and a three-point play by Ellis a minute later again pushed the Bates lead to six again for the final time with 6:30 left.

Colby's Gil Haylon responded with a three at the 6:17 mark, then a minute later he was fouled on a three-point attempt and drained all three free throws to tie up the game at 49 with 5:32 left. Junior Alex Gallant (Bangor, Maine) followed his own miss with a putback for a 53-51 Bats lead with 3:23 remaining, but Choice's consecutive hoops gave Colby the lead back at 55-53 with under a minute to play.

Hot shooting by Schmiemann (11 points, 3-for-5 behind the arc) in the first half propelled Bates to a 32-27 lead at the break. The Bobcats hit five of seven shots from three-point land in the half, while Colby was 2-for-9. Mike Russell led the Mules with nine points in the half.

The game was played less than 24 hours after Bates dropped a 74-70 overtime loss to its other chief rival, Bowdoin. On Jan. 9, Bates lost 66-61 in overtime at Colby in the teams' non-conference matchup.

Russell led Colby with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Haylon added 15 and Choice contributed 12.

Schmiemann led the Bobcats with 19 points, while Ellis added 13. Hatch scored nine points, all on threes. Sophomore John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) led Bates in rebounding for the third straight game with seven.

Bates next plays a non-conference game at UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

STATS: Colby 73, Bates 66 (OT)

All four of this weekend's Bates basketball games will be televised in Maine!

Friday's men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Bowdoin will be telecast by YNETV. The games will be shown on tape delay on WPXT-TV, Maine's CW network affiliate. The men's game will air on Saturday, January 23, at 8:30 p.m., and the women's game will be air on Sunday, January 24, at 4:30 p.m.

The broadcasts of the Colby games, which will be produced by Zinger Video Productions, are to be shown on Time Warner Cable Channel 9, with the women's game slated for Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. and the men's game airing on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.