NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men's basketball team stormed out to a 40-28 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Western Connecticut State University Colonials 91-79 at Luce Field House Tuesday.
Kevin Myricks (Burlington City, N.J.) displayed a nice soft shooting touch, finishing with 13 points in a 6-for-8 shooting performance off the bench. Jared Shill (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) chipped in with 11 points and seven assists while Tyrone Turner (New York, N.Y.) reached double-digits with 10 points and six boards for the winning side.
Connecticut College shot a scorching 60% from three-point range (12-for-20) in the triumph.
Junior James Barnes (Middletown, Conn.) had 12 points and five boards in a 6-for-9 shooting night. Phillip Starks (Hartford, Conn.) added 11 points while Luis Bridtter (Stamford, Conn.) converted 5-of-9 shots from the field en route to his 10 point outing.
Vadas sparked the Camels with a rare four-point play made famous by the great Isiah Thomas. The junior sharp-shooter buried a triple from the left side and added one more with the harm to vault the Camels out to a 13-5 advantage with 13:14 remaining in the opening half. Later on with 5:30 to go, McKinley dialed up another three to put the Camels on top 33-17.
Barnes was able to trim the deficit to 37-25 with 1:18 remaining in the half but Mason Lopez (Hoboken, N.J.) answered with the Camels' fourth trey of the first stanza and the hosts carried a 40-28 lead into the break.
In the second stanza, McKinley set the tone early with a high arching triple from the left side to make it a 43-28 game with 19:35 remaining. Later on in the half, McKinley ignited the Camels on mini 7-0 run to push the lead to 19 points.
Aaron McBurnie (Brooklyn, N.Y.) started the rally with a hoop in the paint. McKinley followed with a trey before Turner closed out the scoring spurt, converting two shots from the charity stripe with 5:43 remaining and the hosts lead had ballooned to 79-60.
Jensen pulled the Colonial back to within 82-71 when he buried a trifecta from the right side with 3:39 to go. But Western could not get the lead down to single digits and Vadas iced the game with four free throws in the closing minute of play.
The Colonials will return home to host UMass Dartmouth this Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. Little East showdown in Danbury, Conn. The Camels visit Hamilton College Friday night for a 6:00 p.m. NESCAC contest in Clinton, N.Y.