Springfield College 52, Connecticut College 44 Vadas Posts Double-Double with 13 Points & 10 Rebounds for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Alex Berthiaume (Springfield, Mass.) poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Springfield College men's basketball to a 52-44 victory at Connecticut College Tuesday night. Berthiaume was 6-for-16 from the field but converted 3-of-6 shots from long distance and 7-of-8 shots from the charity stripe for the Pride. Springfield improves their record to 7-3 with the win, while the Camels slip to 3-5 in the setback. Senior center Ryan Coburn (West Warwick, R.I.) chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds for Springfield. The visitors were out-rebounded 41-to-28 but were able to out-score the Camels by a count of 19-to-7 on the foul line. Connecticut College sophomore Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Junior Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) added nine points and eight rebounds for the Camels. "We didn't shoot well but we generated a lot of shots we like and just weren't able to finish them," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "Despite not finishing plays, I thought we played our best defensive game of the year and rebounded really well against a fairly big team. We are greatly improved since November 1 and will continue to battle in the second semester." The Camels put together an 8-to-0 run at the start of the second half to build a 30-21 advantage. Harrigan capped the rally with 14:28 remaining, converting a triple for the hosts. But the Pride responded with a 9-to-0 run of their own. Nick Sinkiewicz (Cranston, R.I.) buried a three with 8:47 to go that put the visitors on top for good at 35-33. Springfield extended its advantage to 41-34 after Josh Altman (Rockport, Mass.) scored a pair of free throws with 4:47 to go. But Vadas kept the Camels in the game with some timely offense down the stretch and converted a pair of free throws with 1:15 remaining to trim the deficit to 45-41. However, on the ensuing possession, Altman was able to knock down a triple with 46 seconds remaining to push the visitor's edge to 48-41. The Camels could not get any closer and the Pride prevailed by a final score of 52-44. The Camels jumped out to an early lead in the first half of action. Vadas knocked converted a three-ball with 13:36 remaining to make it a 9-4 game. But Evan Christner (Voorheesville, N.Y.) scored the next two field goals to make it a 9-8 contest with 11:21 to go. The Camels carried the lead for the duration of the half. With 2:21 to play, Brian Mahoney (Quincy, Mass.) buried a trey from the right side to put the Camels on to 22-17. With 1:01 remaining, Ryan Coburn answered with a lay-up and the Camels carried a 22-19 advantage into the break. Both teams will take a break for the exam period before they return to action. Springfield will host the University of New England for a 3:00 p.m. game December 31. On December 28, the Camels will take on Bridgewater State University in the Land of Magic Classic at Daytona Beach, Fla.

December 13, 2011

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