Nichols College 69, Connecticut College 66 OT
Porter Explodes with 26 Points, 10 Rebounds & Six Blocks for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Nichols College Bison (3-2) erased an 11 point second half deficit and went on to defeat Connecticut College (1-4) 69-66 in overtime at Luce Fieldhouse Thursday night. Justin Kuntz (Wallingford, Conn.) put in a runner with 1:06 remaining in the extra session to break the seventh tie of the game for the visitors.
Kuntz had 14 points off the bench and was 4-for-6 from three-point range for Nichols. Chris Paquin (Barre, Mass.) added 14 points and five boards for the Bison. Kyle Mascilak (Sparta, N.J.) finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for the visitors.
Demetrius Porter (Virginia Beach, Va.) exploded with a game-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in his second consecutive double-double for Connecticut College. Shavar Bernier (Dover, N.H.) finished with 17 points, seven steals and was 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. Dean Lampe (Hamilton, Mass.) had 13 points and four rebounds in the setback.
The Camels carried 32-25 lead into the break and extended their advantage to 41-30 after Bernier drained one of his five threes with 14:43 to go. But the Bison responded with a 16-to-2 run of their own to take a 46-43 lead with 8:41 remaining. The teams continued to battle each other down the stretch.
In the closing moments, Porter converted a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left to put the Camels on top 61-59. But Wilcox answered for the Bison with 23 seconds to go, netting two points from the charity stripe to knot things up at 61. The Camels had a three-point shot to win the game at the buzzer but it rimmed out and play continued.
In the overtime, Eddie McGuinness (Pearl River, N.Y.) put in a runner and added one at the line to put the hosts on top 66-63. However, the Bison continued to answer and Wilcox drained a triple from the left side with 2:01 remaining to tie the game at 66. With 1:06 to go, Kuntz penetrated the lane and banked in the go-ahead hoop to make it a 68-66 contest. The visitors were able to hold on for the 69-66 triumph.
December 3, 2009