NEW LONDON, Conn--Connecticut College and the Coast Guard will co-host the Citizens Bank Tournament Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and December 8.
Saturday night, the action gets underway at Connecticut College as the Camels (2-3) take on the University of Maine-Presque Isle (2-3) for a 6:00 p.m. contest. Later on at 8:00 p.m., the Coast Guard (1-4) will clash with the Golden Eagles from St. Joseph's College of New York (2-4) for an 8:00 p.m. tip off.
Sunday's action shifts to Merriman Gym at the Coast Guard with the third place game taking place at 2:00 p.m. The Citizens Bank Tournament Championship game will be played at 4:00 p.m.
Connecticut College Head Coach Tom Satran is looking forward to an exciting weekend of hoops in what has become a tradition in the Whaling City.
"We are really appreciative of the support we get from Citizens Bank to run this event," Satran said. "I'm looking forward to the weekend and watching our team continue to develop."
Coast Guard senior Devonte Weems (Chesapeake Beach, Md.) netted the game-winning bucket in his team's 70-68 come from behind victory at Roger Williams University on November 23. Junior forward David Anderson (Goose Creek, S.C.) is averaging 13 points and 6.2 rebounds to lead the Bears in early season action.
Connecticut College senior Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) is averaging 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the Camels. Vadas has moved into fifth place on the program's all-time scoring leader list with 1337 points. Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) is off to a fast start in his rookie season in the front court and is averaging 12.8 points and 10.4 boards per game.
The University of Maine-Presque Isle traveled 500 miles to compete in this tournament. Senior forward Michael Warner is pouring in 16 points per game and pulling down seven rebounds per game to lead the Owls. Freshman center Thiago Conceicao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is contributing 14.8 points and 8.4 boards per game for UMPI.
St. Joseph's College of New York has won two of its last three games, posting victories against Wheelock College and Yeshiva University. Junior forward Darryl Charles (Middletown, N.Y.) is averaging 19.7 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles. Andy Laurent (Amityville, N.Y.) is chipping in with 16.0 points and 6.2 boards per contest.
All four games are free of charge and include free parking at both sites.
Make your plans now to attend the premier college basketball event in Southeastern Connecticut this weekend.
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