LEWISTON, Maine –Senior Zuri Pavlin netted the 1,000 point of his career, dumping in eight points and grabbing nine rebounds to lead the Connecticut College men's baskeball team to a 73-58 victory against Bates College in Alumni Gymnasium Friday night.
Already the program's all-time leading rebounder with 868 boards, Pavlin has now scored 1,001 points as Camel.
"Another milestone for Zuri," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "He's had a great career. The numbers are impressive but the numbers don't tell how high his effort level is on a daily basis. In the unselfishness and effort categories, he is really exceptional."
The visiting Camels (11-5, 2-3 NESCAC) shot 21-of-25 (.840) from the free-throw line while the host Bobcats (12-5, 3-2 NESCAC) were 8-18 (.444) at the line, comprising the difference in the game.
"We are pleased and proud with our play tonight," Satran asserted. "Certainly, we are fortunate to have won against a tough team on the road. It was our pleasure to participate in Bates' Green Dot game. The Green Dot program and bystander intervention is a crucial part of life at Connecticut College."
Bates senior Malcolm Delpeche led the Bobcats with 18 points and 14 rebounds. First-year guard Tom Coyne scored 10 points off the bench. Senior Marcus Delpeche had nine points and seven rebounds, while Jeff Spellman added nine points, four assists and five rebounds off the bench for Bates.
Connecticut College finished the first half with 11 unanswered points, nine of them scored by Messier, including a pair of 3-pointers. Rowe added a layup with 46 seconds left and the Bobcats missed their last six shots from the field in the period, sending the Camels into halftime with a 41-30 lead.
Bates assembled an 11-2 run in the second half, with Coyne scoring eight straight points for the Bobcats including a pair of threes, and a layup by Eli Frater cut the deficit to 48-45 with 12:40 to go in the game.
But Connecticut College responded in kind with a 10-0 run over three minutes, punctuated by Labossiere's three-point play with 9:18 to go for a 58-45 lead. Bates couldn't get any closer than within nine points the rest of the way.
Both teams resume NESCAC play Saturday at 3pm, with Bates hosting Wesleyan University and the Camels traveling to Tufts.