Citizens Bank Camel Cadet Classic
Connecticut College 77, John Jay 61
Vadas & Hanson Lead Camels to Victory
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men's basketball team cruised to a 77-61 victory against John Jay College in the first round of the Citizens Bank Camel Cadet Classic played at Luce Field House Friday night.
Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists to lead the Camels (2-3) to the victory. First year forward Taylor Hanson (St. Paul, Minn.) netted 14 of his 19 points in the second half for the hosts, adding a game-high six assists and connecting on 7-of-9 shots from the field.
Marc Guirand (Stamford, Conn.) chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds for the winning side while Jethro Anilus (Stamford, Conn.) scored eight first half points to key an early scoring surge for the hosts.
Connecticut College converted 24 of its 27 free throw attempts in the contest and extended its winning streak to 10 games against institutions from the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC).
Connecticut College head men's basketball coach Tom Satran was pleased with the team's overall performance at both ends of the court in a great night of college hoops in the Whaling City.
"We are extremely pleased to get the win," said Satran. "I thought we did a good keeping John Jay on the perimeter and making them take tough perimeter shots. We also ran the offense well which is good to see because we really worked on some of our cuts and reads the last two days in practice. We are making progress every day and I hope the guys will continue to be patient with me and one another."
Jamar Harry (Brooklyn, N.Y.) netted a game-high 25 points with 12 boards en route to a double-double for the Bloodhounds. Junior forward Jerome Alexander (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with 24 points and eight boards for John Jay (4-2).
Trailing by 19 at the break, the visitors crawled to within nine points in a 57-48 game after Harry stole the ball and went end-to-end for a field goal with 8:10 remaining. But Hanson answered by scoring six of the next eight points during an 8-to-0 Camel run and the freshman forward scored a hoop in the paint with 6:07 remaining to put the hosts in complete control with a 65-48 advantage. The Camels continued to carry a double digit lead and were able to hold on for the comfortable 77-61 victory.
The Camels raced out to an early advantage in this one and grabbed hold of an 8-0 lead on a Vadas three with 14:50 remaining.
Later on in the half, Anilus sparked the hosts on an impressive looking 10-to-0 run. Anilus knocked down a pair of triples during the spurt and converted a third field goal before Boris Jeremic (Rijeka, Croatia) put back an offensive board to cap the run with 8:59 remaining. The Camels scored their last six points of the half on the foul line to take a 34-15 advantage into the break.
The second half of the doubleheader turned into a barnburner in the second half. Kevin Sowers (Monrovia, Md.) poured in a game-high 27 points to lift the Coast Guard Bears (4-3) to a 75-66 overtime triumph against Medgar Evers College. Junior James Gilmore (Brooklyn, N.Y.) netted 18 points for the Cougars and Winston Douglas (Hempstead, N.Y.) posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
The Citizens Bank Camel Cadet Classic will move across the street to Merriman Gym Saturday. The Camels will take on Medgar Evers at 1:00 p.m. and the Coast Guard will face off against John Jay in the 3:00 p.m. game.
December 3, 2010