Fisher College 70, Connecticut College 61
Anilus Tabbed to All-Tournament Team for Camels
BRISTOL, R.I. --(RWU Athletic Communications) Babson College claimed the 2011 Courtyard by Marriott Tip-Off Championship with a 72-52 win over the Roger Williams University Men's Basketball team Sunday afternoon.
Babson was led by Tournament MVP Marcus McDermott (Ridgefield, Conn.), who finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Matt Palazini (Franklin, Mass.) also added13 points while Russell Braithwaite chipped in with 12. All-Tournament Team selection Matt Florio (Princeton, N.J.) finished with eight points and two steals.
Roger Williams senior Pat Flanagan (Somerville, Mass.) was selected to the All-Tournament Team, finishing the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. Freshman Adam Cook (Manasquan, N.J.) also scored 14 for the Hawks with four rebounds. Junior Matt Grossbard (Pearl River, N.Y.) added ten points and four assists off the bench.
Babson took control of the game early, scoring the first nine points of the game and holding RWU scoreless over the first four minutes. The Hawks continued to battle back, pulling to within two with 6:30 to play in the half on a three-pointer by Mike Engemann (Red Bank, N.J.) to make it 22-24. Yet the Hawks would go scoreless over the rest of the half, as the Beavers closed out on a 13-0 run to take a 15-point lead into the break.
Roger Williams jumped out of halftime with nine straight points to cut the deficit to six (31-37). However, staunch defense by Babson in the period kept the Hawks from mounting a comeback. After only committing two turnovers in the first half, the Hawks gave up 19 points on 12 turnovers in the half. Palazini gave the Beavers their largest lead of the game with a trey at the 9:12 mark to make it 55-35. The Hawks could not pull closer than nine over the rest of the game as Babson remains undefeated on the year, moving to 4-0.
In the Consolation Game, Fisher College defeated Connecticut College 70-61 to take third place in the tournament. The Falcons were led All-Tournament Team selection Dennis Norford (New Haven, Conn.) with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals. Zachary Campbell (Cape Coral, Fla.) added nine points and seven assists, while Elijah Chisholm (Pittsfield, N.H.) had eight points and two steals.
Connecticut College's Jethro Anilus (Stamford, Conn.) led the Camels with 13 points off the bench, earning all-tournament honors. Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) had nine points and a pair of assists, while Bryan Gross (Great Falls, Va.) and Boris Jeremic (Rijeka, Croatia) each added seven points and four rebounds.
"Today, we played well at times and struggled at others," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "Obviously with so many turnovers we need to figure some things out but its early and our guys have great attitudes so I am optimistic about that happening."
Fisher jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead, while the Camels did not get on the board until almost six minutes into the game. Connecticut College preserved and eventually took a 14-13 lead on a three-point play by Brian Mahoney (Quincy, Mass.). Connecticut College led by as many as eight (26-18) until the Falcons mounted a comeback of their own. Sam Nwadike (Houston, Tex.) gave Fisher the lead back on a pair of free throws with just over two minutes to play in the half (28-26).
In the second half, the game got away from Connecticut College early on, as Fisher turned a 31-30 halftime lead into a 45-32 advantage over the opening five minutes. Three-point shooting helped keep the Camels in the game, as they went 5-for-11 from downtown in the half. Connecticut College pulled to within two with 5:17 to play (51-53) but could never regain the lead.
Roger Williams will host Eastern Nazarene College after the holiday on November 30, while Babson faces Lasell on Tuesday. Connecticut College hosts ECSU next Monday and Fisher goes to Westfield State on Tuesday.
November 20, 2011