WILLIMANTIC, Conn.--Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) has carved out a reputation as one of the top post players in the region, but tonight he proved that his presence and soft shooting touch on the perimeter can be equally as effective. With six seconds remaining in overtime, Pavlin drained a three-pointer to put Connecticut College on top for good in an 83-81 victory against Eastern Connecticut State University.
The Warriors' Tarchee Brown sank two free throws to break the 19th tie of the game with 17.6 seconds left in overtime, but Pavlin's triple changed the lead for the 21st and final time as the Camels survived a wild game with the two-point victory at the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
"It was a very emotional, sometimes sloppy, sometimes well-played game that could have gone either way," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "Obviously we made some big plays at the end but they did too. We are pleased to win and are hopeful we can learn from our mistakes and get better."
Eastern (1-3) had forced overtime when Brown was fouled on a three-point field goal attempt with 4.8 seconds left in regulation and connected on all three to tie the contest at 69-all. Connecticut College (3-0) trailed only once in overtime – following Brown's two freebies -- and scored what proved to be the winning points when Pavlin swished his only three-point field goal of the game from the left of the arc on a feed from Tyler Rowe (East Hartfod, Conn.).
Following Pavlin's go-ahead field goal, Eastern moved the ball into the front court and called time out with 1.4 seconds left in overtime, but Brown's three-point bid from in front of the Eastern bench was late, bounding in any event off the rim.
Rowe, who had scorched Eastern for 22 points in his team's victory over Eastern a year ago, was limited to one field goal and four points in the first half but surged after the break and paced four Connecticut College double-digit scorers with 17 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.
Daniel Janel (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) and Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) chipped in with 16 points each for the Camels. Junior Lee Messier (Narragansett, R.I.) contributed with 15 points in the win. Pavlin and Colin Pascoe (Somers, Conn.) each grabbed 12 rebounds for the Camels.
The Camels connected at a 43% clip from long distance (10-for-23) while limiting the Warriors to just four triples on 24 attempts (17%).
Hugh Lindo and Brown of Eastern led all scorers, combining for better than half of Eastern's total. Lindo put together his second straight double-double, leading both teams with 22 points and 18 rebounds. Brown scored 15 of his 21 points after the break, keeping Eastern in contention by canning 11 of 12 free throws (9-of-10 after the half).
Happy Thanksgiving to all Camel basketball fans and don't forget to remember those who are less fortunate. We'll be hosting our annual Hoops for Hunger Food Drive for the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center of New London at this Sunday's women's basketball game against Babson and Camel fans can also contribute when the men's basketball team hosts Clark University one week from tonight.