NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team dropped a NESCAC contest to Tufts by an 86-54 score at the Charles B. Luce Field House on Friday evening.
Tufts (14-5, NESCAC 4-2) jumped out to a 7-0 advantage by getting five straight points from Vincent Pace and led from wire-to-wire. Despite falling behind by twin figures, Connecticut College came back in the first half and made it a one-possession game on two occasions by getting a layup from junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) and freshman Austin Nwafor (East Hartford, Conn.).
Sophomore Ben Bagnoli (East Haven, Conn.) then tied the score at 20 by draining, but the Camels were unable to get over the hump. Tufts ended the half on a 23-5 run over the last seven minutes and took a 43-25 advantage into recess.
The Jumbos stayed in control throughout the second half and built up a 30-point cushion when Thomas Lapham drilled a 3-pointer with 6:10 on the clock to make it 71-41 and cap a stretch of 11 unanswered. Junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) hit consecutive field goals to bring the margin down to 25, but that was as close as the Camels would come the rest of the way. Will Brady hit a pair of shots from long range down the stretch, and the Jumbos ran away with the 32-point win.
"We are struggling to score," said head coach Tom Satran. "I have to do a better job getting our guys better looks."
Pace led Tufts and came just shy of a double-double by scoring 24 points and eight rebounds. Everett Dayton and Brady netted 14 and 12 points, respectively, and Justin Jouyoumdjian dished out four assists.
Freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) scored 17 points by shooting 8-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc in a reserve role to pace Connecticut College (6-12, NESCAC 0-6) in the loss. Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) provided 15 points, while Bagnoli contributed five points, eight boards and three assists.
Vincent Pace fell just short of a double-double with 24 points and eight rebounds for Tufts (14-5, NESCAC 4-2). Everett Dayton and Will Brady netted 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Connecticut College hosts Bates tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.