NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Mitchell College men's basketball team battled back from a 64-55 second half deficit en route to their 81-75 victory at Connecticut College Tuesday night.
The Mariners improved their record to 16-5 with the triumph, while the Camels slipped to 9-12.
Joshua Ford exploded with a game-high 28 points 13 rebounds to lead the Mariners to the victory. Parris Hill chipped in with 24 points and 13 boards for the winning side.
Anthony Epps contributed with a baker's dozen, netting 13 points for Mitchell.
Connecticut College senior Matt Vadas scored 15 of his 20 points in the second stanza. He needs just 19 points this weekend to set the school scoring record held by All-American Kareem Tatum '01. Alex Hall was impressive, particularly in the transition game. The freshman sharpshooter poured in a team-high 21 points to go with four assists.
"Congratulations to Mitchell on a well-earned win," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "From our end, obviously we are disappointed in our play, particularly our rebounding and decision making."
Pavlin had put the Camels on top 64-55 with 9:37 remaining when he put back his own missed shot in the paint. But Mitchell would not go away and with 2:58 to play, Epps corralled an offensive rebound off of a missed Mitchell free throw to get back on the line. He was able to convert one of two shots to put the Mariners on top 70-68.
Vadas tied the game at 70 with two more from the line with 2:38 remaining. On the ensuing Mariner possession, Ford kicked a pass out to Epps on the wing for a three-b all that put the visitors on top for good at 73-70.
The Camels clawed back to within one when Lopez netted a pair from the charity stripe. However, Ford made another terrific pass to lead Hill in the paint for a slam dunk that made it a 75-72 contest with 1:06 remaining.
After Vadas pulled the Camels to within two, Ford was the facilitator again, leading Epps in for a layup with 40 seconds left that pushed the Mariner advantage to 77-73.
Hall did a nice job pushing the ball in transition and trimmed the lead to 77-75 when he converted a hoop with 34.4 seconds left.
But the Camels could not get any closer and the Mariners were able to hold on for the 81-75 victory.