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Second-Half Surge Pushes No. 19 Wesleyan Past Men’s Basketball

Second-Half Surge Pushes No. 19 Wesleyan Past Men’s Basketball

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to No. 19 Wesleyan by an 89-51 score on Saturday afternoon at Silloway Gymnasium.

The Camels were competitive at the beginning and only trailed by eight points at the half. They took a quick 6-2 advantage by getting two layups from junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) and did not fall behind until Jordan James drove in for a bucket to make it 9-7 with 15:33 on the clock.

After the Cardinals embarked on an 8-0 run, Connecticut College came back and regained the lead when freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) canned a 3-pointer by finishing a pass from classmate Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.). The teams then played a one-possession game, which featured five ties and five lead changes, over the next eight minutes until Antone Walker gave the Cardinals some breathing room by sinking a trey to make it 34-27 with 3:26 on the clock. Elijah Wilson later made a jumper in the final seconds to put the visitors ahead by a 40-32 score at recess.

Wesleyan, however, owned the second half and outscored the visitors by a 49-19 margin over the final minutes. Sears converted a layup to give the hosts a 33-point advantage with under four minutes remaining, which would also prompt a Camel timeout and provide more than enough insurance to earn the decisive victory.

"It's been a challenge for us to generate offense on most days this year," said head coach Tom Satran. "That was certainly an issue today against a top team."

Labossiere once again led Connecticut College in scoring with 15 points. Draffan provided 11 points and six rebounds off the bench, while junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) and sophomore Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) registered six points and two blocks apiece.

Wesleyan (13-3, NESAC 3-2) got a game-high 20 points from Austin Hutcherson. Jordan Bonner scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Nathan Krill fell just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Jordan Sears filled the stat sheet with five assists, four steals and three blocks.

Connecticut College (6-11, NESCAC 0-5) will return home to host Tufts on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m.