NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Connecticut College men's basketball team raced out to a 43-25 lead at the half and held off a second half rally in defeating NESCAC rival Bates College by a count of 84-77 here today.
The Camels evened their record at 9-9 while moving to 2-4 in the NESCAC, while the Bobcats slipped to 10-9 with a 1-5 mark in league play.
"We shot the ball really well in the first half and did really well against their press," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "Bates is a good team and we are fortunate to have won."
In a weekend that is featuring the nation's biggest game in the State of New Jersey, it was fitting that the Camels could rely on two sharp-shooters from the Garden State to deliver some timely offense from the perimeter.
Senior Matt Vadas poured in 27 points, shooting 4-for-8 from three-point distance while adding five assists and classmate Mason Lopez buried 6-of-10 shots from downtown en route to his 24 point outburst.
Mike Boornazian exploded with 32 of his 39 points in the second stanza to lead the Bobcats, who trimmed the lead to 77-71 with a little over a minute to play. Marcus Delpeche chipped in with 10 point and 11 boards en route to a double-double.
Vadas has netted 1586 in his prolific playing career but is more interested in the teams goals of making the NESCAC Tournament than any individual honors.
"We knew that this was a must win game for us," Vadas said. "Coach put us in the right mind set.
Lopez appreciated the crowd's support.
"Our teammates are fighting to get us open and the home crowd really supports us."
The Camels will visit Amherst College Friday night for an 8:00 p.m. game while the Bobcats will look to get back on track Tuesday night when they visit UMaine-Farmington for a 7:00 p.m. tilt