WATERVILLE, Maine — Nathan Krill had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Wesleyan University turned a six-point halftime deficit into an 87-71 victory over Colby College in NESCAC men’s basketball Friday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
The Cardinals improve to 18-5 overall and 6-3 in the league heading into Saturday’s 3 p.m. game at Bowdoin College. The Mules are 10-13 overall, 1-8 in the league, and will close the season Saturday at home against Connecticut College at 3 p.m.
By the numbers
* Krill was 6-for-10 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and made both of his free throws.
* Cardinal point guard Austin Hutcherson had 16 points and dished a game-high eight assists. Jordan Bonner finished with 14 points, while JR Bascom was 5-for-5 from the field to finish with 13 points and six boards. Kevin O’Brien added five assists to go with seven points and teammate Jordan Sears had eight points and five rebounds.
* Colby first-year guards Matt Hanna and Wallace Tucker both had 16 points. Hanna was 6-for-12 from the field and 3-for-6 from long range, while Tucker made all five of his free throws and hit 5-of-8 from the field.
* Sam Jefferson was 4-for-8 from 3-point range on the way to 14 points. Alex Dorion had a team-high five assists for the Mules and Pat Dickert added four assists. Steven Daley led in rebounding with seven.
* Hanna and Tucker both came out strong offensively in the first half to lead the Mules to a 45-39 lead at the break. Colby shot 48.4 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and led by as much as 13 points.
* Foul problems and bench depth due to injuries hurt Colby in the second half. Tucker and Ethan Schlager both fouled out and two other Mules had four fouls.
* Hutcherson was a key to Wesleyan taking command. He had 12 points and five assists in the second half. Meanwhile, Bonner had all 14 of his points in the final 20 minutes.