NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior captain Aaron Swenson (Waltham, Mass.) dished out eight assists and junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) came close to contributing a double-double in leading the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 78-62 victory over Southern Maine on Sunday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House. The Camels concluded the weekend and Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic with a perfect 2-0 ledger.
Connecticut College (2-0) never trailed in the contest and burst out to a 7-2 lead when Swenson found classmate Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) for a 3-pointer just 1:16 into the game. Freshman Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) extended the lead to twin figures at 17-7 by dialing up from downtown, and the margin ballooned to 20 when Robinson hit a buzzer-beating trey from the top of the key as time expired. Swenson set up the basket to help give the Camels a commanding 46-26 advantage at the recess.
The hosts continued to use the long ball early in the second half went ahead by a 55-28 score when Swenson assisted on back-to-back 3-point field goals which were drained by Robinson and Labossiere. Junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) then canned a jumper to give the Camels their largest lead at 66-38 at the 8:32 mark, which capped an 11-0 run and provided more than enough insurance for the team to win its second straight game.
"I thought we played really well for most of the first half," said head coach Tom Satran. "We lost our concentration on defense in the second half, and that is something we need to work on. We are pleased with the outcome and know we have to improve in quite a few areas."
Swenson dished out eight assists while only committing one turnover to lead the way for Connecticut College. He also picked up all-tournament team honors after averaging 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals over the two games. Robinson scored 17 points and was perfect from beyond the arc, while Labossiere registered 16 points to go along with eight boards.
Southern Maine (1-2) was paced by Christian McCue's 19-point effort off the bench. He also landed on the all-tournament team after shooting 5-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-5 from long range and 7-of-7 at the line. Sean Jany contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Connecticut College will next host Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.