Roger Williams University 65, Connecticut College 57
Camel 21-to-4 Second Half Rally Falls Just Short
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men´s basketball team put together a furious 21-to-4 second half rally to trim a 53-31 deficit to just a five point margin with 3:33 remaining but Roger Williams University was able to hold on for a 65-57 win.
The visiting Hawks improve to 3-1 with the victory while the Camels slip to 1-2.
Junior Gary Madison (Waterbury, Conn.) and freshman Matt Couture (Auburn, N.H.) scored 13 points each to lead the Hawks in the victory. James LeCardi (Fair Haven, N.J.) chipped in with nine points and four assists for the visitors.
Connecticut College sophomore Boris Jeremic (Rijeka, Croatia) and freshman Taylor Hanson (Saint Paul, Minn.) both had 14 points to lead all scorers. Jeremic was 4-for-5 from three-point distance and added five boards for the hosts. Hanson hauled in a game-high eight rebounds and was 6-for-9 from the field in an impressive home debut.
Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran was pleased with the resilience his team displayed down the stretch to force a close finish.
"We didn't get the win and that is disappointing but I liked the way we battled back into the game," Satran said. "We didn't shoot as well as we can but I thought we scrapped hard on defense for most of the second half against a disciplined, well drilled offense. We will learn from this game and get better."
LeCardi and Couture netted back-to-back three pointers during a scoring surge that vaulted the visitors out to a 53-31 advantage with 14:09 remaining in regulation. But the Camels stormed back with some pressing defense and timely shooting to keep it close.
Jeremic knocked down a three from the top of the key with 5:11 remaining to cap a 9-0 run, closing the margin to 57-47. Freshman Jethro Anilus (Stamford, Conn.) used a high screen from Pete Banos (Trumbull, Conn.) to can another triple with 3:33 remaining that pulled the Camels to within five.
The Camels continued to pressure and got to within four points when Anilus assisted Hanson in the lane on a back door cut with 28 seconds left to make it a 61-57 contest.
But the Hawks were able to put the game away on the foul line and escaped New London with the eight point win.
November 23, 2010