Connecticut College 83 #5 Amherst College 76 OT Janel, Pavlin Net 20 Points Each as Camels Erase 17 Point Halftime Deficit in the Whaling City

Connecticut College 83 #5 Amherst College 76 OT Janel, Pavlin Net 20 Points Each as Camels Erase 17 Point Halftime Deficit in the Whaling City

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) and Daniel Janel (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) netted 20 points each to lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to an 83-76 victory against fifth ranked Amherst College at Luce Field House Saturday. 

Connecticut College improved o 9-5 with a 1-3 mark in the NESCAC while the visiting Purple and White slipped to 10-4 with a 1-2 record in conference play.

The Camels trailed 47-30 at the break but stormed back by out-scoring Amherst 41-24 in the second stanza. Janel was 10-for-16 from the field and added five rebounds in the post. Pavlin pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to go with four dimes en route to the double-double. He is the program's all-time leader on the boards with 851 rebounds. 

Sophomore Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, Conn.) chipped in with 17 points and eight assists, knocking down 8-of-9 shots at the charity stripe. Junior Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) provided instant offense off the bench with 11 points, converting on 4-of-5 shots from the field and was 3-of-3 from long distance. Junior Colin Pascoe (Somers, Conn.) finished with six points, six rebounds and five assists to go with some timely defense for the Camels.

David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) added seven points, four rebounds and two assists. 

 "I'm really happy for our players," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said.  "Our three seniors all played great. We had a very happy group in the locker room."

Junior guard Johnny McCarthy (Medfield, Mass) poured in 19 points to go with nine rebounds for the visitors. McCarthy was a 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point distance. Michael Riopel (Nassawadox, Va.) contributed with 14 points in the loss. 

The Camels used a 21-10 run at the start of the second half to climb to within six. Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) assisted Pascoe for a hoop with 11:41 to go that trimmed the deficit to 57-51. Down the stretch, the Camels mounted another 12-0 scoring spurt to take the lead on the visitors. Labossiere knocked down a three-ball from the middle of the arc with 6:57 remaining to pull the Camels to within 64-60.  

A steal by Rowe led to an easy deuce for Pascoe that cut the lead to a pair. Then with 5:40 remaining, Pavlin buried a 14 foot fall away jumper to even things up at 64. On the ensuing Amherst possession, Rowe was able to corral the defensive rebound. Looking down court, Rowe uncorked a full court baseball toss pass to Labossiere who took the pass and drove the lane for a jam that put the Camels on top 66-64. 

Pavlin capped the rally when he banked in a runner with a hoop and some harm at the 4:34 mark and the hosts led 69-64. But Amherst stormed back in the closing moments. McCarthy dialed long distance for a three from the left side of the arc with 29 seconds remaining to even the score at 71 and the game was headed for an extra session.

Janel was unstoppable in the overtime as the senior scored six of his points in the extra session. His reverse layup with 1:07 to vaulted the Camels out to a 79-74 advantage. Rowe pushed the lead to 81-74 with two more free throws and the hosts were able to hang on for the 83-76 triumph.