WATERVILLE, Maine — In a battle of unbeaten teams, Eastern Connecticut scored the final five points of the game to pull away for an 83-77 win over the Colby College men’s basketball team in the title game of the Colby Classic on Sunday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
The Warriors improved to 5-0 overall, while the Mules fell to 4-1.
* Eastern Connecticut led 17-4 at one point in the opening five minutes of the game, but the Mules settled down and nearly took a halftime lead. The Warriors hit two late free throws to take a 43-42 margin into halftime.
* The Warriors took another sizable lead in the second half at 53-44 in the opening five minutes. Colby refused to give up and pulled to within 68-67 on a 3-point shot by Sam Jefferson. Moments later, point guard Tyler Williams made a nifty baseline move to give Colby the lead at 69-68.
* Colby took its last lead of the game at 74-73 on a 3-point shot by Ethan Schlager with 2:17 to play. The Warriors, though, scored the next five points to take a 78-74 lead with 1:07 remaining. The Mules’ Matt Hanna drilled a 3-point shot with 52 seconds left to cut the margin to 78-77, but Carlos Gonzalez had a 3-point play with 26 seconds remaining and then had a steal and a layup off an inbounds play for the final points.
By the numbers
* Tournament most valuable player Tarchee Brown had 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting and was 3-for-5 from long range. Gonzalez, who made the all-tournament team, had 15 points and a game-high eight assists.
* Cory Muckle also had 15 points for the Warriors and Kendall Marquez added 11.
* Schlager, who made the all-tournament team for Colby, had 21 points on 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range.
* Matt Hanna added 13 points and three assists, Wallace Tucker made all six of his free throws on the way to 12 points, and Pat Dickert had nine points and five rebounds for Colby.
* University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Kevin Collins and Montclair State’s Eddie Emedoh also made the all-tournament team. Montclair took a 70-60 win over UMPI in the consolation game.