Trinity College (9-5) vs. Connecticut College (8-4)
Friday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. Luce Field House
Zuri Pavlin is now officially the Chairman of the Boards at Connecticut College. The senior star from New York City hauled in six rebounds at Middlebury Saturday, passing Peter Dorfman '84 to become the program's all-time leader with 831.
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.). Zuri 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."
Senior Dan Janel of Fresh Meadows, N.Y. is a key cog in the Camel leadership team as a co-captain with Pavlin. Janel has admired Pavlin's play since he arrived to campus as a transfer from Division II Adelphi in the powerhouse Northeast-10 Conference.
"He's a leader, period," Janel asserted. "When he wants something he puts all of his effort and energy into it, simple as that. Z's a grown man in the paint, and his leadership in the front court is shown through his tenacity and hunger for winning."
"It seems like he has magnets on his fingers...the ball just lands in his hands after every missed shot," Janel added. "It is a true testament to how hard he works during practice and in games. Basically, I'm not surprised at his rebounding record, he gets things done on the court."
Janel is enjoying a terrific season of his own, shooting 54% from the field this winter to rank in the top 10 of the conference while contributing 12.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Senior Colin Pascoe of Somers, Conn. is averaging 6.4 rebounds of his own. Pascoe has been impressed with Pavlin's poise and willing to step up to make the big shot or corral the key rebound with the game on the line. Pascoe appreciated Pavlin's heroics in a close win at Eastern Connecticut.
"With time running out in the game, Zuri made a go-ahead three point shot to seal a big road win," Pascoe said. "Although Zuri had not made a three-pointer all game, he took the last shot of the game with confidence and nailed it. I think I can speak for my teammates by saying we all had confidence in Zuri taking the last shot of the game. Zuri's game has improved tremendously since his freshman year and I think this game winning shot tells you all you need to know about Zuri and the player he has become. As Zuri is a great friend of mine, I could not be more proud of him and happy for him, he really deserves it."
This will be a key weekend for a Camel team that has displayed offensive balance with five players averaging in double-figures. Junior Tyler Rowe is pouring in 13.7 points per game while Pavlin is chipping in with 13 points and 9.3 boards per contest.
After taking on their intra-state rivals from Trinity Friday, the Camels will be looking for redemption when #5 Amherst visits the Whaling City for a 3:00 p.m. game Saturday. The Purple and White held off the Camels to take a two-point, 88-86 victory in Amherst last year.