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Roger Williams Defeats Men’s Basketball With Long-Range Shooting

Roger Williams Defeats Men’s Basketball With Long-Range Shooting

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Roger Williams sank 12 shots from long range to earn a 79-60 victory over Connecticut College in non-conference men's basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Charles C. Luce Field House.

Even though the Hawks won the opening jump and got a trifecta just 12 seconds later from Conor O'Brien, Connecticut College rolled to leads of 8-3 and 10-4 to take control in the early going. Junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) and sophomore Jason Bird (Raynham, Mass.) hit back-to-back shots from downtown to fuel the hot start for the Camels.

Roger Williams (5-0), however, started converting their shots as well and got a jumper from Rich Pugliese to move ahead by a 14-12 score. Austin Coene built the margin up to twin figures at 31-20 with 5:48 remaining, and the visitors never trailed the rest of the way.

The Hawks, who built up a 45-33 at halftime, could not be stopped in the second half and went ahead by 18 on three occasions before the midway point of the second frame. The hosts fought back like they did in their previous game against Eastern Connecticut State and slashed the deficit to eight at 60-52 on a pair of free throws converted by freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.), but Roger Williams recovered and embarked on a 19-5 run over the next eight minutes to establish control. Pugliese hit his fifth shot from long distance to create a 79-57 score and provide more than enough insurance for the Hawks to remain unbeaten.

"We are struggling to find our way on defense so far," said head coach Tom Satran. "We made some progress to that end in the second half, but we still have work to do.  On the other end, we had too many silly turnovers, but I thought we generated some good shots that we can make."

Coen came just shy of a double-double by scoring 19 points and grabbing nine boards for Roger Williams, which shot 50 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from beyond the arc. Pugliese netted 17 points and shot 5-of-7 on his 3-point attempts, and Marini finished with 14 points to go along with six assists.

Draffan paced Connecticut College with a team-leading 18 points off the bench. He also corralled eight boards, blocked one shot and recorded a steal. Junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) registered 12 points and was among a trio of Camels to dish out three assists, while Labossiere tallied 10 points.

Connecticut College (2-2), which has dropped both of its games to undefeated opponents, will look to get back on track when it travels to Clark on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m.