Connecticut College 66, Wentworth 52
Camels Roll to Third Straight Victory in New London
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) netted 16 points and Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) chipped in with 13 to lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 66-52 victory against the Wentworth Institute of Technology at Luce Field House Tuesday night. Vadas added six rebounds and two assists while Harrigan contributed nine boards and four assists in 35 minutes of work.
The Camels improve to 4-3 with their third straight victory, while the Leopards (2-5) had their two-game winning streak halted with the setback.
Connecticut College head men's basketball coach Tom Satran was pleased to get the win as the team heads into its final week of action before the exam period commences.
"It wasn't a particularly pretty game but it is great to win and we feel really fortunate to finish on top," Satran said. "At times I was really impressed with our defense. At other times, I was scratching my head about some of our mistakes. I think it can be really good for a young team to grind out an ugly game and get the win but we will have to wait and see what lessons they decide to take from it. Mason (Lopez, 7 points, 16 minutes) gave us a nice lift on offense off the bench and a few other guys strung together some threes that we needed to pull away in the second half."
Sam Herrick (Duxbury, Mass.) poured in a game-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the visitors. Eric Prue (Auburn, Maine) chipped in with nine points and five assists while Derek Mayo (Casco, Maine) hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds to go with his seven points for the Leopards.
Trailing by seven at the half, the Leopards trimmed the deficit to 30-26 with a field goal from Corey Therriault (Auburn, Maine) at the 16:18 mark. But the Camels scored the next eight points to build a 38-26 advantage. Brian Mahoney (Quincy, Mass.) knocked down a triple to spark the Camels on their scoring surge before Jethro Anilus (Stamford, Conn.) closed out the run with a hoop and some harm at the 14:14 mark.
Later on in the half, Anilus buried a triple from the left side of the arc with 7:22 to play that provided the Camels with some breathing room in a 54-39 game. Wentworth continued to battle the Camels at both ends of the court but could not get the lead into the single digits for the balance of the evening. The hosts were able to hold on for the 66-52 triumph.
The Camels shot 50% from three-point distance (10-for-20) while the Leopards converted just two triples on 22 attempts from long distance.
The Camels vaulted out an early 8-0 advantage when Vadas fired a cross court pass to Boris Jeremic (Rijeka, Croatia) who buried a triple from the left side of the arc with 18:30 remaining in the opening half.
But the Leopards bounced right back with a mini 8-0 run of their own, tying the game up with a nice finger roll in the lane from Matt Harte (Troy, N.Y.) with 13:05 remaining in the half.
Harte converted another field goal with 11:52 to go that provided the Leopards with their only lead of the game at 10-9. The Camels took control midway through the half and out-scored Wentworth 17-to-9 the rest of the way to take a 26-19 lead into the intermission.
December 7, 2010