Eastern Connecticut State 75, Connecticut College 74 OT
Lampe Nets 20 Points for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Edwin Ortiz (Hartford, Conn.) poured in a game-high 24 points to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University men´s basketball (4-0) to a 75-74 win at Connecticut College (1-3) Sunday afternoon. Courtney Simmons (Middletown, Conn.) chipped in with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the visitors.
Dean Lampe (Hamilton, Mass.) finished with a team-high 20 points and eight boards for Connecticut College. Shavar Bernier (Dover, N.H.) added 18 points for the Camels. Demetrius Porter (Virginia Beach, Va.) registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts.
Lampe poured in 15 of his 20 points in the opening half of action and the Camels carried a 34-28 lead into the break. Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) knocked down a three with 15:49 remaining in the second stanza that extended the Camels´ lead to nine at 42-33. But the Warriors used a 10-to-2 run to pull within two on a lay in and free throw from Simmons with 12:22 to go and it was a 44-43 game.
Later on in the half, the Warriors gained a two point advantage when Nick Nedwick (Irvington, N.Y.) converted a pair of free throws with 2:32 remaining to make it a 61-59 game. Bernier responded with a deep three from the left side with 1:14 left that put the Camels back on top by a point. The Warriors regained a 63-62 edge on a Simmons jumper with 55.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
But Bernier and the Camels continued to fight back. With 32 seconds left, Bernier drove the lane and was hammered on the release. The hoop and the harm put the Camels back on top by a deuce with a 65-63 score. However, with 16 seconds left, Simmons canned another jumper for the Warriors that sent the game to overtime.
Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk, Conn.) scored the first four points in the extra session for the visitors. Bernier pulled the Camels to within one with a three and made it a 73-72 game when he converted a field goal with nine seconds left. But the Warriors were able to hold on for their third consecutive overtime victory.
The Camels held a 40-to-29 advantage on the backboards in Sunday´s game.
November 29, 2009