NEW LONDON, Conn.--Vassar College put together an 18-3 run in the latter stages of the second half to pull away for an 84-68 victory at Connecticut College Tuesday night.
The Brewers improve their record to 5-1 with the win, while the Camels (4-4) had their three game winning streak snapped in the setback.
Johnny Mrlik poured in 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the visitors. Luka Ladan chipped in with 17 points, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and was 5-for-6 from the line. Erikson Wasyl added 15 points and five assists for the Brewers and was 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-5 from long distance.
Connecticut College senior Matt Vadas exploded with a game-high 32 points, shooting 10-for-20 from the field, 5-for-12 from long distance and was 7-for-9 from the charity stripe. He moves into second place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1406 points.
"Vassar played a great game," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "They were so efficient on offense and when we dried up a bit in the second half that made their offense even better."
Vadas netted 17 points in the opening half. The Camels held the ball for the last possession and McKinley canned a jumper at the buzzer to provide the hosts with a 38-36 lead at the break.
In the second stanza, Vadas buried back-to-back threes, knocking down his second trey from the left side with 12:11 remaining to put the Camels on top 51-47.
But Vassar battled back, taking the lead for good with a bucket from Mrlik with 8:13 remaining. Curtis Smith dialed up a three ball with 4:19 remaining to cap the visitors 18-3 run, catapulting the visitors out to a 74-60 advantage.
Vadas capped off his night with a hoop at the 4:11 mark, scoring on a nice feed from Colin Pascoe. Vadas exited to a standing ovation from the fans in Luce Field House.
Pascoe displayed impressive ball skills for a rookie, finishing with four points, seven rebounds and a team-high six assists.