MIDDLEBURY, Vermont --Zuri Pavlin is now officially the Chairman of the Boards at Connecticut College. The senior star from New York City pulled in six rebounds at Middlebury today, passing Peter Dorfman '84 to become the program's all-time leader with 831 rebounds.
Pavlin was the fastest Camel to reach the 500 rebound barrier. He led the NESCAC on the backboards as a freshman (10.8 rpg.) and sophomore (11.5 rpg.). He finished second in the conference with 8.6 rebounds per game as a junior.
Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran admired Pavlin's tireless work ethic and relentless pursuit of possession in the recruiting process and was proud to see this longstanding record fall today by such a special person to the College.
"It's really a tremendous accomplishment and a credit to his great determination on the court," Coach Satran said. "The thing I like best about it is that he's never mentioned the record to me. He just wants to win."
Led by Matt St. Amour's 31 points, #22 Middlebury placed five players in double figures as the Panthers netted a 97-89 NESCAC victory over the Camels Saturday in Pepin Gymnasium.
The Panthers got off to a great start, scoring the game's initial 11 points in just 2:31 of playing time. Middlebury showed its balance in that run as each player in the starting line-up scored. Jack Daly opened the scoring followed by a three-pointer by Matt St. Amour, while Nick Tarantino, Adisa Majors and Jake Brown added field goals.
The Camels crept back into the game with a pair of three-pointers from Lee Messier, cutting the difference to 13-9. Connecticut College tied the contest 18-18 and took its first lead a possession later on a bucket by Daniel Janel, just past the midway point of the half.
The game remained tight for the rest of the stanza with the Panthers taking the biggest lead (32-27) on a trey by Daly with 5:08 on the clock. The Camels later tied the game and used another three-pointer by Messier in the final 30 seconds to make it a 43-42 Middlebury lead at the break.
The teams were tied twice in the opening two minutes of the second half before St. Amour hit back-to-back treys for a 52-47 lead. After a free throw by Tarantino, Connecticut College countered with a modest 6-0 run, tying the game (53-53) on a layup by Messier with 14:39 on the clock.
A bucket by David Labossiere tied the game again at 61-61, but the hosts began to pull away. Two free throws by Eric McCord and five straight points by Folger put the Panthers in front for good. Middlebury took its biggest lead (75-63) in transition when Brown set up St. Amour for a layup with a behind-the-back pass with 6:47 remaining. The hosts were able to hang on for the eight point win.
St. Amour led all players with 31 points on 9-14 shooting, including a 5-9 performance from behind the three-point arc. Daly contributed with 17 points, while Brown added 14 and a game-high seven assists. Majors finished with 14 points and five boards, while Folger finished with a career-best 10 points.
The Camels boasted six players in double figures with Messier leading the way with 18 points, followed by Tyler Rowe's 17. Janel (14), Labossiere (12), Pavlin (11) and Isiah Robinson (10) also scored in double digits. Pavlin finished with six rebounds, becoming Conn. College's all-time leading rebounder (831).
"We couldn't consistently stop middlebury today and that was the main reason for the outcome," Satran said. "Tough weekend but it's a long season and you have to have a short memory in our league."
Middlebury shot 56.5 percent for the game (31-55), while the Camels shot 40.8 (29-71) and held a 42-31 edge in rebounds