SALEM, Mass. — The Colby College men’s basketball team had a big start and led at halftime, but Salem State fought back in the second half to pull out a 93-83 win over the Mules in the Salem State Holiday Classic on Saturday night.
While the tourney games were set up ahead of time, Salem State and Colby both won Friday. The Mules drop to 7-3 overall and the Vikings improved to 9-3.
By the numbers
* Colby’s Dean Weiner earned team MVP recognition after finishing with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting, 12 rebounds, and three assists.
* Sam Jefferson shot 8-for-16 from the field for a team-high 19 points for the Mules. Wallace Tucker added 14 points, four assists, no turnovers, and two blocked shots. Matt Hanna had 10 points and five assists, Sean Gilmore added 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting, and Pat Dickert scored nine and pulled down 10 rebounds.
* Shaquan Murray led Salem State with a game-high 29 points on 11-for-18 shooting. He had 25 points in the second half.
* Colby jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, spearheaded by five quick points by Tucker. Another three by Tucker and a layup by Sam Jefferson (Newton, Mass.) extended the lead to 15-4 at the 15:58 mark.
* Salem State used some fine performances from its bench to fight back. The Vikings took their first lead of the game at 22-20 with 10:14 remaining. Tucker and Dickert both scored in the final minute to help Colby take a 42-38 lead at halftime.
* Murray scored five straight points to open the second half as Salem State pulled to within one at 44-43. The Mules responded with a 6-0 run to gain its largest lead of the half at 50-43 before Murray scored the next seven points for the Vikings.
* The Vikings took their first lead of the second half at 63-62 with 9:05 remaining. With the score 69-69, Salem State went ahead for good on a basket by Drew Healy.