Hamilton College 86 Connecticut College 70 Janel Explodes with 23 Points and 12 Rebounds for Camels in NESCAC Opener

Hamilton College 86 Connecticut College 70 Janel Explodes with 23 Points and 12 Rebounds for Camels in NESCAC Opener

CLINTON, N.Y.—Daniel Janel (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, shooting 9-for-15 from the field but it was not quite enough as Hamilton College was able to secure an 86-70 victory against Connecticut College in the NESCAC opener for both sides Friday night. 

The Continentals improved their record to 9-2 with the triumph while the Camels fell to 8-3.

Sophomore David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) chipped in with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Camels. Junior Lee Messier (Narragansett, R.I.) reached double-digits with 10 points and three assists.

"We started very slow but found our way a little bit in the second half," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said.  "I think we cut an 18 or 20 point lead to four at one point. We had a lot of balls roll in and out but their rim protection, particularly by Hoffman, was the biggest issue in in the outcome."

Sophomore Peter Hoffman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) dumped in 21 points and hauled in eight rebounds to lead six Continentals in double figures. Michael Grassey (Winchester, Mass.) and Kena Gilmour (New Paltz, N.Y.) had 12 points each in the win for Hamilton. 

Connecticut College senior Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) collected four rebounds in limited action Friday. Pavlin needs just six more rebounds to become the program's all-time leader.

The Camels will visit Middlebury College Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. game in the Green Mountain State.