NEW LONDON, Conn.--Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) poured in a game-high 30 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 96-87 victory over the Coast Guard at Luce Field House Saturday night.
Vadas was 5-for-7 from three-point distance and 11-for-12 from the foul line. It marked the ninth time he had scored 30 points or more in his prolific playing career. Vadas needs just 36 points to become the second Camel to reach the 1500 point plateau.
Connecticut College has won five of its last six, improving to 6-4. The Bears fall to 2-8 with the setback.
"Coast guard played a great game and deserves a lot of credit for their effort and execution," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "We didn't play our best defensive game but they had a lot to do with that. Our shooting bailed us out of a few tough situations."
Bo McKinley (Westport, N.Y.) scored a career-high 19 points with seven assists and two steals, shooting 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from long distance. Mason Lopez (Hoboken, N.J.) added 14 points and six rebounds.
Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) continued to battle on the backboards, registering a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Kevin Alvarez (Key Biscayne, Fla.) finished with a team-best 16 points for the Bears, converting on 8-of-10 shots from the field. Avierre Conner (Avon Park, Fla.) and Ricky Rodriguez (Caracas, Venezuela) chipped in with 14 points each. David Anderson (Goose Creek, S.C.) and John Benedict (Cumming, Ga.) scored 13 points each for the Bears.
The Camels shot a scorching 61% from three-point range (14-for-23). The hosts ended the first half with a 5-0 run. Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) buried a three-ball with 49 seconds left from the left side before Pavlin beat the buzzer with a one-handed slam to vault the Camels out to a 48-43 lead at the break.
Vadas had 22 of his 30 points in the second stanza. A nifty feed from Jethro Anilus (Stamford, Conn.) to rookie Alex Hall (Durham, N.C.) led to a hoop and some harm that put the Camels on top 68-54 with 12:32 remaining.
But the Bears were able to hang around and trim the deficit to 80-72 when Ryan McNeil (Plymouth, Ind.) scored a lay up with 5:37 left. Vadas responded with a free throw at the 5:12 mark and a lay-up after Pavlin assisted him on a nice back door cut 4:32 remaining.
The Bears were able to claw to within 88-82 when Conner scored a lay-up with 1:27 remaining. But Hall pushed the lead back to eight with a pair of free throw with 58 seconds left and the Camels were able to hold on for the 96-87 victory.