NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Coast Guard by an 84-69 decision on Sunday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Connecticut College started the game in cruise control by bursting out to a 9-0 lead. Freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) sparked the offense by scoring the first seven points of the game before junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) converted a jumper.
The Bears, however, clawed their way back. Justin Kane tied the game at 20-all, and Packy Witkoski put the visitors ahead by a 34-33 score with 3:47 left in the first half after finishing a pass from Noah Baldez. Despite trailing by a 32-24 earlier in the frame, Coast Guard ended the half on a 25-12 run to take a five-point lead into the break.
Witkowski started the second half on fire and extended the margin to twin figures by sinking a 3-pointer and then converting a jumper to make it 54-44. The Bears defense, meanwhile, did not allow the Camels to score until Labossiere made two free throws at the 15:04 mark or convert a field goal until Patrick drove in for a layup with 14:35 to play.
Connecticut College came within three when Labossiere drove down the left endline and finished with a dunk to create a 58-55 score with 11:27 left, but Witkowski took over on the other end to keep the Bears ahead. Coast Guard built its lead up to as many as 17 points before eventually running away with a 15-point victory.
"Coast Guard is an excellent team, and they did a great job today," said head coach Tom Satran. "We couldn't finish enough plays in the second half to keep us closer and give us a chance at the end."
Labossiere led the way for the Camels by scoring 26 points and grabbing five rebounds. Draffan contributed nine points and seven boards, while sophomore Jason Bird (Raynham, Mass.) finished with five points, three assists, two blocks and one steal.
Coast Guard (4-1) was paced by Kane and Witkowski. Kane notched a double-double with 20 points and 14 boards, and Witkowski ended the afternoon with a game-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor. Noah Baldez and Bryce Schroeder also scored in twin figures and concluded the contest with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Connecticut College (4-3) will hit the road again to play Western New England on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m.