NEWPORT, R.I. --(SRU Sports Information) Salve Regina University men's basketball (2-0) snaps a three-game skid to Connecticut College (1-2) by handing the visiting Camels a 68-34 defeat in non-league action at the Rodgers Recreatin Center.
While the Seahawk game was highlighted by consistency, the Camels were marred by turnovers (25) and poor shooting (11-of-41) from the floor - 26.8%, and nine of 18 free throws - 50.0%).
"Salve Regina did a great job and deserves a lot of credit," Connecticut College Head Men's' Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "On our end, we played too selfishly to even compete and that's my fault. I have to make the team better aware of our priorities."
Sophomore Barrett Hanlon (Hopkinton, Mass.) led all players with 16 points for the Seahawks, nine in the first half when he made five of six free throws. Hanlon also grabbed nine boards.
Freshman Nicholas Bates (Danvers, Mass.) had his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, all on the defensive glass. Bates was a perfect five-for-five from the charity stripe.
The Camels scored the first five points of the game on a 3-pointer from Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) and a layup by Pat Deegan (Weymouth, Mass.). The Camels utilized 14 players in the game but did not have any player reach double figures in scoring.
Senior Patrick Dinneen (Medfield, Mass.) started an 8-0 run for Salve Regina with a layup at 18:18. Hanlon had the next six points.
Senior Jeff Bielefeld (Littleton, Mass.) scored five of his seven points over a 2:23 span to grow the Seahawk lead to four (13-9) at 12:45. Sophomore Chris O'Keefe (Lexington, Mass.) launched a 3-pointer at 8:20 launching a 16-0 run for Salve Regina. Bates had an old-fashioned three-point play for the game's first double-digit lead (24-13) at 7:46. The 16-0 run pushed the Seahawk advantage as high as 21 points in the first half (34-13 at 3:31).
Dinneen opened the second frame with a 3-pointer before Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.), a 33-point scorer on Sunday in his team's 82-59 win over Western New England, hit a turnaround baseline jumper to start a mini 4-0 run for the Camels. After Bo McKinley's (Westport, N.Y.) free throw at 17:24, the Camels were never closer than 17 points.
Senior Scott St. Lawrence (Litchfield, N.H.) had a pair of layups during an 11-2 run for Salve Regina over a 6:53 span. Four different Seahawks had a 3-pointer during another 2:23 span and an 11-0 run - including freshmen Tommy Keyes (Berkley, Mass.) and Evan Lerner (Hopedale, Mass.).
Vadas led the Camels with eight rebounds and shared his team's high-scorer crown with Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.), six points apiece.
Salve Regina begins a six-game road trip with a visit to Norton, Mass., to meet the Lyons of Wheaton College on Thursday, November 21. Connecticut College hosts Eastern Connecticut State University next Tuesday.
Camel Tracks (Not Including Tuesday Night's Action):
The Camels went 1-1 in their Coaches Versus Cancer Tip-Off Tournament. Senior Matt Vadas had 33 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Camels to a 92-69 victory in the third place game against Western New England University Sunday. It was the seventh time Vadas had scored 30 or more in a game. The senior sharp-shooter has moved into fifth place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1305 points.
Senior Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Coaches Versus Cancer Tip-Off Tournament. Harrigan was active at both ends of the floor for the Camels Sunday, finishing with six points, three rebounds and two assists. Zuri Pavlin exploded with 25 points and 15 rebounds in his collegiate debut against Bard Saturday night.