Connecticut College 68, John Jay 63
Bernier Explodes for Career-High with 28 Points
PURCHASE, N.Y.--Senior Shavar Bernier (Dover, N.H.) exploded with a career-high 28 points Saturday to lead the Connecticut College men´s basketball team (1-1) to a 68-63 victory against John Jay College (0-2) in the consolation game of the Castle Classic Tournament hosted by Manhattanville College.
Bernier was 5-for-7 from three-point distance and 11-for-12 from the foul line in 36 minutes of action. He was named to the All-Tournament after averaging 20.5 points, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 assist in the two games for the Camels.
Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) chipped in with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field. Dean Lampe (Hamilton, Mass.) added nine points and six boards for the Camels. Chiris Kehoe (Summit, N.J.) contributed six points and eight rebounds in the win.
With the victory, Connecticut College extended its winning streak to seven games against institutions from the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC).
David Williams (Jamaica, N.Y.) netted a team-high 15 points to lead the Bloodhounds in the setback. Chris Jaeger (Hicksville, N.Y.) registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Darryl Dennis (Valley Stream, N.Y.) chipped in with 11 points off the bench on 5-for-6 shooting from the field.
Bernier erupted with 16 points in the opening half and the Camels carried a 38-26 lead into the break. But the Bloodhounds battled back in the second stanza, where they held a 20-to-12 advantage on the backboards. John Jay enjoyed a 57-55 lead after Jaeger canned a jumper for the Bloodhounds with 6:07 remaining in regulation.
On the ensuing possession, Brian Mahoney (Quincy, Mass.) knocked down a critical three-point field goal that fueled the Camel offense on an 8-to-0 run. Lampe capped the rally with a pair of jumpers and Connecticut College pushed its lead back to 63-57 with 3:27 to play.
The Bloodhounds continued to hang around and pulled to within a deuce at 65-63 when Daniel Desir (Jamaica, N.Y.) converted a pair of free throws with 1:17 remaining.
But Chris Kehoe came through for the Camels on the charity stripe with 29 seconds left, sinking both shots to make it a two possession game. Connecticut College was able to hold on for the 68-63 victory.
November 21, 2009