NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College is hosting the Coaches Versus Cancer Tip-Off in Luce Field House this weekend.
Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) exploded with 25 points and 15 points in his collegiate debut; sparking the host Camels on a 14-to-4 run to nearly erase a 14 point second half deficit. But the Bard College Raptors were able to hold on for the 62-59 triumph.
"Give credit to Bard," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "They really out executed us at times. We have to do a better job working together to get shots."
Senior Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for the hosts. Pat Deegan (Weymouth, Mass.) added six points and three rebounds to go with some solid defensive work for the hosts.
Lamar Powell (West Orange, N.J.) poured in 18 points, shooting 3-for-6 from long distance for the Raptors. Alex Fabean-Scotch (Alexandria, Va.) chipped in with 14. Siondueh Burnette (Lakeville, Mass.) was 5-for-6 from the field en route to his 13 point outing.
Bard will meet Suffolk in Sunday's Championship game at 2:00 p.m. The Rams outlasted the Western New England University Golden Bears in a shootout, holding on for a 95-84 victory. Sam Nwadike (Houston, Texas) erupted with a game-high 30 points, shooting 11-for-16 from the field and 7-for-10 at the charity stripe.
Matt Powers (Westwood, Mass.) converted 6-of-8 shots from long distance in an impressive 22 minutes of play to finish with 25 points for Suffolk. Caleb Unni (Winchester, Mass.) reached double digits with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Please be sure to join us Sunday for the second day of exciting action in the Coaches Versus Cancer Tip-Off.
At 2:00 p.m., Connecticut College takes on Western New England University. Later on at 4, the Suffolk University Rams clash with Bard in the championship game.