Connecticut College 82, Colby College 74 Lopez Explodes with 26 Points for Camels

Connecticut College 82, Colby College 74 Lopez Explodes with 26 Points for Camels

WATERVILLE, Maine --(Bill Sodoma, Colby) Mason Lopez scored a game-high 26 points and gave Connecticut College the lead for good with a 3-point shot with 6:42 to play as the Camels took an 82-74 win over Colby College in NESCAC men's basketball Saturday.

Connecticut College moves to 7-5 overall and 1-1 in the league, while the Mules fall to 7-5 and 1-1.
Lopez was 8-for-12 from the field and shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range. He broke a 64-64 tie with a 3-point shot with 6:42 left and the Camels never trailed or were tied the rest of the way.
"Our fast break was really efficient in the first half and that was how we built the lead," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "We had a few bad possessions at the beginning of the second half but really rebounded well for most of the game and Matt and Mason had big shooting performances from beginning to end. This was a good win for us."'
Colby got the lead down to two points twice in the final 5:06. Patrick Stewart hit two free throws with 1:18 to play to make it 74-72, but Conn College's Matt Vadas nailed a jumper with 48 seconds to play and Bo McKinley followed with two free throws with 33 seconds left for a 78-72 margin. After a basket by Colby's Ryan Jann with 23 seconds left, the Camels went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 21 seconds.
McKinley had a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists for the Camels. Vadas finished with 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting (5-for-8 from 3-point range). Zuri Pavlin (6 points, 11 rebounds) and Rob Harrigan (6 points, 7 rebounds) combined for 12 points and 18 boards.
Jann had a team-high 20 points and dished three assists for Colby, which trailed 45-33 at halftime. Chris Hudnut finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Connor O'Neil chipped in with 13 points, Sam Willson had 10 points, and Luke Westman added eight points and six assists.
The Mules led 29-28 after a Jann 3-point shot with 7:58 left to intermission. However, the Camels used a 17-5 run after that to take the lead at halftime.

Connecticut College had a 42-30 rebounding advantage and a 14-6 difference in offensive rebounds.