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Men’s Basketball Drops Road NESCAC Contest to Amherst

David Labossiere

AMHERST, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team dropped its first NESCAC road match of the season to Amherst by a 72-57 score at LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday evening.

Connecticut College took its first lead when junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) finished a pass from sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) to make it 7-6 with 16:57 remaining, but Amherst responded with eight unanswered to take control.

Despite falling behind by double digits on a 3-pointer by Fru Che which made it 19-9, the Camels fought back and were only down 34-31 in the waning minutes. Johnny McCarthy, however, got the crowd going by finding Joseph Schneider for a dunk before nailing a buzzer-beating 3-point field goal to give the hosts a 43-33 advantage heading into halftime.

The Mammoths, who ended the opening frame on a 9-2 run, maintained their lead the entire second frame. The lead grew to as many 23 points when Garrett Day converted a layup with 8:26 left to create a 65-42 score, and the visitors came no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

"Amherst really hurt us on the offensive boards," said head coach Tom Satran. "I like how we competed, but we can work harder and do better in that category."

Amherst (9-4, NESCAC 1-1) got 10 points from McCarthy, Schneider and Michael Riopel to earn its first NESCAC win of the season. Eric Sellew contributed eight points, a game-high nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal. In addition, all of Sellew's rebounds came on the offensive end.

Labossiere led Connecticut College (6-9, NESCAC 0-3) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) notched 11 points and three blocks, while freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) finished the game with seven points and six boards off the bench.

Connecticut College remains on the road and will face Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.