Connecticut College 70, Springfield College 66
Bernier Pours in Game-High 23 Points for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Shavar Bernier (Dover, N.H.) tallied 18 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead the Connecticut College men´s basketball team (4-5) to a 70-66 victory against Springfield College (2-8) at Luce Fieldhouse Tuesday night. Bernier patiently worked his way through a pesky Springfield zone defense, finishing with five assists and converting on 5-of-10 shots from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Demetrius Porter (Virginia Beach, Va.) finished with 21 points and seven boards and was 6-for-11 from the field and a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe. Rob Harrigan (Milford, Mass.) added 10 points and five rebounds for the Camels, who have won three out of their last four games.
Springfield College senior Pat Crean (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) dumped in a team-high 20 points for the visitors and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the foul line. Junior guard Darvis Rankins (Boston, Mass.) was 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from long distance with 12 points off the Springfield bench. Matt Cavalieri (West Warwick, R.I.) contributed 10 points in the fourth consecutive loss for the Pride.
Trailing 35-31 at the intermission, the Camels opened the second stanza with a furious 10-to-0 run to take hold of a 41-35 advantage after Chris Kehoe (Summit, N.J.) knocked down a jumper with 16:45 to go. The Pride responded though and regained a five-point 50-45 edge on a Cavalieri field goal with 8:24 remaining.
Later on with 3:13 remaining, Porter hit Bernier on a nifty back-door cut for a deuce that put the Camels on top for good at 58-57. Porter scored the next four points, two from the field and two more at the line to close out a 6-to-0 run that extended the advantage to 62-57 with 1:41 left.
In the closing moments with 26 seconds remaining, Crean made it a 66-64 game with a field goal for the visitors. Springfield got the ball back and had a chance to tie the game. But Bernier was able to come away with a defensive board with 11 seconds left and pushed it back to a two possession game with a pair of free throws.
Countdown to 1,000: With 23 points Tuesday, Bernier is now just 33 points away from reaching the 1,000 point plateau with 967 points in his prolific playing career.
December 15, 2009